Actress Stacey Dash drops congressional bid, cites partisan ‘bitterness’

Actress Stacey Dash, who has gained exposure in recent years as a conservative commentator, announced this week that her short-lived campaign to become a U.S. representative has come to an end.

According to CNN, the “Clueless” star released a statement Friday through a representative.

“After much prayer, introspection and discussions with my family, I am withdrawing my candidacy for California’s 44th Congressional District,” the actress explained.

Her bid to run as a Republican in the heavily Democratic district currently represented by Rep. Nanette Barragan began about a month ago.

Since then, she indicated that it has been more difficult than she expected to accomplish the goals she set forth for her campaign:

I started this run with the intention to address the pressing issues in the district where I live. I hoped, and remain hopeful, that I can assist people living here on the national level. My goal was, and remains, to improve the lives of people who have been forgotten for decades by the Democratic Party.

Dash’s statement went on to attribute her decision to “the overall bitterness surrounding our political process, participating in the rigors of campaigning, and [the belief that] holding elected office would be detrimental to the health and wellbeing of [her] family.”

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