Dr. Drew Pinsky said hes mulling a challenge to Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) in the upcoming election.
“I wake up every day and drive through this town and I am morally moved where I feel like I have to do something,” Pinsky told The Hill. “We have people literally dying in our streets.”
The recent impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump prompted thoughts of running for Congress, he said.
“I was watching all the impeachment proceedings and I was going, Oh my God, our Congress is tied up and were dying out here in California. What are these people doing?” Pinsky said. He would run as a Democrat in the heavily-Democratic district.
The 61-year-old said a run, even if unsuccessful, could get Schiff, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, “to start participating in the governance of this region.”
Still, because a political run could change his life, Pinsky said he might not end up running.
Pinsky is described on his official website as “doctor of internal medicine/addiction specialist and prolific broadcaster.”
“The combination of running a thriving medical practice (he still treats patients!), while simultaneously cultivating a successful media career, has resulted in an unprecedented reservoir of expertise,” it stated.
Pinsky said last year that the homeless crisis in California stems primarily from addiction and mental health issues.
“The ideology is—this is a housing crisis. Period. End of story. Its income inequality. Its not. It is a mental health crisis,” he said.
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