Liberal host Cenk Uygur is running for Congress in hopes of winning the vacant seat left behind by Rep. Katie Hill D-Calif., following her resignation after being exposed about her extramarital affair.
Uygur, the founder of the web series The Young Turks and a former MSNBC host, announced Thursday night that he was launching a campaign for California’s 25th congressional seat, which previously belonged to Hill before she stepped down amidst the controversy.
“I’m running for Congress to represent CA-25. If we fight together for this seat, it will be the People’s seat,” Uygur tweeted,
Cenk Uyger is running on a progressive platform and set an anti-establishment tone in declaring his campaign, saying in a statement that he is running as an alternative to elected officials who have been corrupted by “bribes from corporate interests and lobbyists.” He recently blamed the Santa Clarita shooting on the NRA even though California has some of the strictest gun laws in the country.
Several Republicans are attempting to win the seat, which will figure into the party’s broader efforts to roll back Democratic control of the House — among them former Rep. Steve Knight, who lost to Hill in 2018.
Right-wing media favorites have also speculated running for the seat. Former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos, whose involvement by special counsel Robert Mueller has made him a recognized figure among some conservatives, has launched an exploratory committee.