Clueless Star Stacey Dash Abruptly Drops From Race
Conservative actress won't run for Congress after all
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 31, 2018 6:28 AM CDT
Stacey Dash in 2014.   (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)

(Newser) – Actress Stacey Dash is dropping her long-shot conservative bid for Congress after a month, reports USA Today. The 51-year-old, best known for her role as Dionne in Clueless, says she decided not to put her family through the rigors of a political race. "At this point, I believe that the overall bitterness surrounding our political process, participating in the rigors of campaigning, and holding elected office would be detrimental to the health and wellbeing of my family," she wrote. "I would never want to betray the personal and spiritual principles I believe in most: that my God and my family come first."

Dash would have faced formidable odds. She was running to represent California's 44th District, which includes Compton and Watts and has long been in Democratic hands, notes CNN. Hillary Clinton won the district 83% to 12% over Donald Trump in 2016, and incumbent Nanette Barragán would have been tough to unseat. Dash wrote about her conservative beliefs in a 2016 memoir and had been a contributor to Fox News as an analyst before launching her run. The Washington Post notes that she sometimes courted controversy with statements such as, "We need to get rid of channels like BET, and the BET Awards and the Image Awards, where you’re only awarded if you’re black.”

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