LOS ANGELES — Conservative commentator Stacey Dash has opened a federal committee to raise money to challenge California Democratic Rep. Nanette Barragan, who represents a Los Angeles district where registered Democrats outnumber Republicans, 61 percent to 10 percent.
Dash filled out federal paperwork Monday morning declaring her intent to run in the 44th Congressional District as a Republican and set up a campaign committee dubbed “Dash to DC.” The “Clueless” actress has not yet submitted the paperwork with the Los Angeles County Registrar. She has until the March 9 deadline to get herself on the June 5 primary ballot.
Dash’s representatives and the committee treasurer did not respond to calls. Her website shows only the “Dash to DC” logo.
Dash, 51, has been teasing a political run recently on Twitter.
“In response to numerous calls for me to run for office, I am considering a run for Congress. Would love to know what my fans and friends think,” Dash tweeted on Feb. 10.
She rose to fame in 1995 as a supporting actress in the cult classic and has been in a number of television shows and films. She is now known as a conservative television commentator. She wrote a book called “There goes my social life: From Clueless to Conservative.”
Dash, who has been described as “Bajan, African American and Mexican,” has called for an end to Black History Month. She was suspended from her job at Fox News after she said President Barack Obama didn’t “give a s— about terrorism. She left her job at Fox News last year.
She is registered to vote in Rep. Adam Schiff’s West Hollywood district and faces long odds in the 44th Congressional District running as a Republican thanks to the lopsided voter registration. About 51 percent of voters in the district are Latino, 25 percent are black and 5 percent are Asian, according to the California Target Book.
The district is so Democratic that no Republican made it to the general election in 2016. Barragan, who is in her first term, won a heated race against Compton state Sen. Isadore Hall to replace Rep. Janice Hahn.
Hall entered as a favorite, but Barragan closed the gap, framing herself as a progressive outsider. She attacked Hall, a 15-year veteran of Los Angeles politics, for his ties to special interests in the alcohol and tobacco industries and for benefiting from contributions from petroleum interests.
The campaign became bitter down the stretch. Hall and his allies accused Barragan of making racist attacks against Hall after she said he could have “a black taint on the party with the number of ethical issues” he faced. She apologized and won the seat with 52 percent of the vote.
In a statement, a Barragan spokesperson boasted about her endorsement from the state Democratic Party and said she will “continue to work hard to maintain her widespread support” from the district.