Celebrity doctor Drew Pinsky told the Hill Wednesday that he may eventually run for “Shifty” Adam Schiff’s Democrat House seat because the California congressman has become too obsessed with impeachment to do anything about the people dying in his district.
“I wake up every day and drive through this town and I am morally moved where I feel like I have to do something,” said the famed internist, whose full name is David Drew Pinsky.
“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?’” he complained. “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.’”
The addiction specialist stressed that he was reluctant to run for congress because it would be such a huge step for him.
“Believe me, I don’t want to,” he said. “I’d have to change my whole life, and I’m not really prepared to do that just yet.”
He went on to speculate that he might feel compelled to take the step eventually because the government of Los Angeles County and the state is so broken.
Pinsky said he is “very moderate,” and regularly changes his political party affiliation but if he were he to run in 2020, the doctor would likely do so as a Democrat. He said he would focus on improving infrastructure, homelessness and aiding the chronically mentally ill.
During his YouTube livestream show “Daily Dose of Dr. Drew” Wednesday, Pinsky reiterated that he really didn’t want to run, but “the disaster on the streets of Southern California” was more than he could “live with as a physician.”
Addressing Schiff, he asked, “why are you worried about your political life as opposed to the lives of the people you’re representing?!”
He went on to say that he was encouraged to hear that the governor of the state, Gavin Newsome was calling for $1.4 million to be set aside to deal with the homeless problem.
The likelihood that Pinsky will actually challenge Schiff California’s “jungle primary” appears to be slim.
“The press that’s going out is that ‘oh, he’s going to run for Schiff’s position,'” Pinsky said. “Me—no.”
Regardless of his backtracking, the good doctor said what he said.
“The fact that I keep thinking about it tells me how profound the problems are,” he told the Hill. “That I feel obliged to maybe turn my life upside down just to get things governed out here.”
Schiff has served in the state’s liberal 28th District for 10 terms, winning his 2018 re-election bid with 78 percent of the vote. The deep blue district includes West Hollywood, Burbank, parts of Pasadena, and parts of central Los Angeles.
The notorious leaker has been under increasing fire from Republicans in recent months due to the major parts he played in the Russia collusion hoax, and impeachment inquisition.
Last month, conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch announced that it had filed a lawsuit against Schiff, the Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, for information relating to his release of the phone records from President Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, Rep Devin Nunes (R-CA), journalist John Solomon, and other Trump allies.
Nunes called Schiff’s move “unprecedented” and “a gross abuse of power.”
“We are seeking records about [Schiff’s] controversial subpoenas that led to his publishing the private phone records of President Trump’s lawyers and other innocent Americans,” Judicial Watch said.
“The lawsuit seeks all subpoenas by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence to telephone providers, including, but not limited to, AT&T.”
Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton said that the lawsuit should serve as “a reminder that Congressman Schiff and Congress are not above the law.”
“Adam Schiff and his Committee ran roughshod over the rule of law in pursuit of the abusive impeachment of President Trump,” Fitton said.
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