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Dr. Drew Considering Running For Congress: 'We’re Dying Out Here In California'

By Jeff Mazzeo

Dr. Drew Pinsky may be throwing his hat in the political ring and he has his eyes set on his current congressman, Rep. Adam Schiff's seat.

The "Celebrity Rehab" star gave an interview to The Hill on Wednesday and he made it clear that he is not happy with California's political focus.

"I wake up every day and drive through this town and I am morally moved where I feel like I have to do something,” he told The Hill

"We have people literally dying in our streets,” Pinsky said while pointing out that Los Angeles County and the statewide government is “not functioning.”

Inspired By The Impeachment Hearings

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The addiction specialist noted that he was inspired to think long and hard about a political run after watching the impeachment hearings.

“I was watching all the impeachment proceedings and I was going, ‘oh my God, our Congress is tied up and we’re dying out here in California. What are these people doing?’ ” Dr. Drew exclaimed.

He happens to live in California’s 28th congressional district which is House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff's territory.

“I thought, ‘oh my God, I have to run for that office at least just to get him to start participating in the governance of this region.’”

He Wants Action


The "Loveline" host has been motivated to tackle the homelessness and drug abuse problems we have in this country and he recently went to the White House to speak at a mental health summit. He shared several pictures with the prestigious people he met with, including President Trump.

"I had the privilege being a part of this incredible panel of professionals all working together to help those with serious mental illness at the White House Summit on Transforming Mental Health Treatment to Combat Homelessness, Violence & Substance Abuse," Dr. Drew wrote in the caption of his post.

"Laws and delivery systems ossified since the 1950s it makes it impossible to help so many with these conditions. In the meantime, the body count climbs. Thank you President Trump for recognizing the importance of this issue."

He's A Reluctant Hero... Like Batman


This may sound a little crazy but Dr. Drew is starting to remind us of "The Dark Knight." At the end of the 2008 movie, Batman takes the blame for Harvey Dent's crimes because he thought that was best for the city of Gotham.

Commissioner Gordon, played by Gary Oldman delivers one of the most memorable quotes from Christopher Nolan's franchise. “He's the hero Gotham deserves, but not the one it needs right now. So we'll hunt him. Because he can take it. Because he's not our hero. He's a silent guardian, a watchful protector. A dark knight.”

It's a little bit of a stretch but that's kinda how Dr. Drew feels about running for Congress.

“Believe me, I don’t want to,” he told The Hill while discussing his political run. “I’d have to change my whole life, and I’m not really prepared to do that just yet,”

He continued, “But the fact that I keep thinking about it tells me how profound the problems are,” he said, “that I feel obliged to maybe turn my life upside down just to get things governed out here."

The longtime TV and radio personality addressed the potential criticism of having another Hollywood type in a public office but lamented the state of the mental health crisis in California.

“I would say my eyes are rolling, too. I’d rather not be here. Point me in another direction where we can help the citizens of California, please. I’m all ears.”

He may not be the Congressmen we deserve but he could be our "Dark Knight."

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