Alyssa Milano, a 48-year-old actress and outspoken progressive activist originally from the Bensonhurst neighborhood in New York City's Brooklyn borough, has told The Hill news outlet in the nation’s capital she is considering a possible run against Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Elk Grove, in California’s Fourth Congressional District, which includes the Mother Lode.
Milano, who has homes in Nevada County in the Fourth District and in Ventura County, told the Los Angeles Times in a statement, “I am confirming that it is possible that I will run for office in 2024.”
The Hill broke the story Tuesday, quoting Milano stating, “I’m looking at California’s 4th District to potentially run against McClintock … . I split my time between Truckee, Calif., and Bell Canyon, Calif., and the Republicans have basically had a strong arm there in the 4th District.”
McClintock won reelection last year to continue representing Tuolumne County, Calaveras County, and the rest of the Fourth District with 56% of the vote. Donald Trump, the former president ousted by voters who preferred Joe Biden, led Biden in the Fourth Congressional District by nine percentage points in November 2020 results.
“I would love to maybe consider flipping that seat blue,” Milano told The Hill. “It’s going to take someone with, I think, name recognition and deep pockets to be able to run against McClintock, and so I'm considering it. I'm basically gathering information right now, speaking to different consultants, speaking to the community.”
Milano is famous for her roles in television and streaming series like “Who’s the Boss?”, “Melrose Place,” “Charmed,” “My Name is Earl,” “Mistresses,” “Wet Hot American Summer: 10 Years Later,” and “Insatiable.” She’s also known in recent years for her activism and for helping relaunch the #MeToo movement in 2017.
She’s active on Twitter, where she is said to have 3.6 million followers. California District 4, which may be subject to redistricting before 2024 elections, had a 2019 population of more than 757,000. Congressional district lines are redrawn every 10 years following completion of the U.S. census.
On May 20, Milano tweeted, “Congressman McClintock was one of the 63 republicans to oppose Asian Hate Crimes bill. This is my Congressman. Should I run against him?” Her tweet was retweeted more than 4,200 times, received more than 6,100 comments, and got more than 57,000 likes.
Milano told The Hill she expects to make a decision about whether to run against McClintock after the 2022 midterm elections.
“Before I run, obviously I can’t do both at the same time,” Milano told The Hill, speaking about balancing a congressional run with her acting work. “So it’s just really going to be about timing.”
Milano recently finished work on a Netflix movie, and she is engaged in a “Who’s the Boss?” reboot and other projects, The Hill reported. She has talked about running for political office in the past.
Milano has worked with UNICEF, PETA and other animal rights groups, and canvassed for various candidates, the Los Angeles Times reported. Before the 2016 election, Milano first backed Sen. Bernie Sanders, then former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. She endorsed Biden in last November’s presidential race.
McClintock, 64, a native of White Plains, New York, lives in Elk Grove just outside of the boundaries of the district he has represented since 2009. Asked Wednesday about Milano’s interest in running against McClintock, Chris Baker, spokesman for McClintock’s campaign, told The Union Democrat, “We welcome a little celebrity, such as it is, to accentuate the issues facing our country. Her record of taking extreme leftist positions over the years will create a target rich environment for our campaign and the larger community in our district.”
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