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Clueless Star Is Running for Congress as Republican

Stacey Dash aims for big turnaround in Calif. district
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 27, 2018 2:18 AM CST

(Newser) – Stacey Dash, best known for playing glamorous Dionne Davenport in the Clueless movie and TV series, says she's making a "Dash" for Congress. Dash, a Fox News contributor until early last year, has filed paperwork to run for a House seat as a Republican in California's 44th District, the Sacramento Bee reports. The seat, which has been in Democratic hands since 2012, is currently held by Rep. Nanette Diaz Barragan. The district, which includes Carson, Compton, North Long Beach, and Watts, is predominately Hispanic and voted for Hillary Clinton by a massive 83%-12% margin in 2016, the Hill reports.

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Dash, 51, has been known as a conservative voice since she endorsed Mitt Romney in 2012, CNN reports. She later wrote a memoir: "There Goes My Social Life: From Clueless to Conservative." She first floated the idea of a run for Congress early this month, when she tweeted an image of a "Dash to DC" campaign button. On Monday, she tweeted: "Formal statements coming. For those mocking for the district I live in...open your minds. It’s time to for me to put up or shut up and I want to serve great people." (In 2015, Dash and another Fox commentator were suspended for swearing while discussing an Obama speech.)

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