District 44 Includes Watts, Compton
On Monday, it was reported by the Federal Election Commission that actress and former Fox News contributor Stacey Dash filed candidacy papers to run for office in California’s 44th Congressional District. The district includes Carson, Compton, Watts, Lynwood, N. Long Beach, and San Pedro.
Dash, a Republican, will likely face an uphill battle in a district that has a strong Democratic voter base. Hillary Clinton received 83 percent of the votes there in the 2016 presidential election, and Barack Obama won similar shares in 2008 and 2012.
The 44th District is currently represented by Democrat, Nanette Barragán. Janice Hahn, another Democrat, led the district from 2011 to 2016, and vacated the seat to run for L.A. County Supervisor. She is now Supervisor of L.A. County’s 4th District.
The black actress said she voted for Obama in 2008, but switched parties and endorsed Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign in 2012. As a Fox contributor from 2014 to 2016 and an early supporter of President Trump, she got a lot of backlash, which she says negatively impacted her career.
The controversial star of “Clueless” has made eyebrow-raising statements about programs and institutions that focus on African American achievement. Appearing on “Fox & Friends” in January 2016, said:
“We have to make up our minds. Either we want to have segregation or integration. And if we don’t want segregation, then 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. If it were the other way around, we would be up in arms. It’s a double standard.”
Ms. Dash did not immediately respond to a request for comment Monday evening and has not announced her candidacy publicly, beyond the F.E.C. filing.