Maebe A Girl, a Los Angeles-based drag queen known for her satirical impressions of Melania Trump, Betsy DeVos, and Sarah Huckabee Sanders, has filed for candidacy in the U.S. Congress, opposing Democratic Congressman Adam Schiff in California’s 28th Congressional District, which includes much of West Pasadena.
Maebe A Girl made history in April when she was elected in April to the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council, becoming the first drag queen elected to public office in the United States.
She told digital news outlet Q Voice News, which covers the LGBTQ community in Southern California, that she has completed the preliminary filings and entered the race for the 28th Congressional District.
“I want to run against Adam Schiff because I believe the people deserve a representative that can relate to their struggles and who knows what it’s like to experience systemic oppression,” Maebe A Girl told Q Voice News. “In a political climate where so many people’s civil liberties are at risk, I want to be on the front lines fighting for them.”
The election will take place March 3, 2020, the same date as the California Primary.
Maebe A Girl said her campaign’s platform will include three elements: protect, advocate, and legislate. She said she will protect minorities, protect immigrants, protect women, and protect the environment; will advocate for diversity, inclusion, and representation; and will legislate for progressive action.
The idea of running for Congress occurred while campaigning for the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council, she told Q Voice News.
Seen as a very powerful Democratic congressman, Schiff is extremely visible in national politics and is a leading congressional investigator of allegations of misconduct about President Donald Trump. He is an influential voice for the Democratic Party on foreign policy and national security issues in the House of Representatives.
Schiff currently serves as the chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
He began serving his 10th term in Congress in January 2019.