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Marianne Williamson Stumps on the Westside

Running as an independent, the candidate was a self-described, life-long Democrat but now believes "the two-party duopoly is unhealthy for our democracy at this point."

Marianne Williamson. Patch file photo.
Marianne Williamson. Patch file photo.

Marianne Williamson, who is seeking to represent Southern California's wealthiest congressional district, took her campaign to Marina del Rey today, pushing a platform that takes aim at money's influence on politics.

To her, there's no contradiction, saying she has found attentive ears across the 33rd Congressional District, which spans from Malibu to the Palos Verdes peninsula to Beverly Hills.

"I was told at the beginning of my campaign, don't even think about talking about child poverty in Bel Air or mass incarceration in Beverly Hills," Williamson told Video News West at the campaign event, "but I'm glad to report that I feel there is a deep listening to the message of this campaign."

She said she is speaking out against the fact that America's child poverty rate is the second highest among advanced nations in the world, and other issues.

"I don't care who you are or what neighborhood you live in, the American heart is disturbed by this," Williamson said. "I'm not talking to rich people, or poor people, or white people or black people or gay people or straight people. I'm talking to Americans."

Williamson -- who has authored 13 books, six of which have been New York Times bestsellers -- has raised $1 million for her campaign and has garnered support from celebrities such as Kim and Kourtney Kardashian, Nicole Richie and Katy Perry.

The 61-year-old is running as an independent in a race against 17 declared candidates, including heavyweight Democrats state Sen. Ted Lieu and former Los Angeles City Controller and mayoral candidate Wendy Greuel.

In his campaign, Lieu is touting his record of taking on special interests in California through his work as a Torrance City Council member and in the State Assembly.

"It's easy to say you are for X, or against X, without having to listen to arguments from powerful interests or having to stand up to powerful interests," Lieu told Businessweek.com.

Greuel's campaign is more focused on local issues. Her website lists her platform as protecting open space, working toward transportation and traffic relief and combating climate change.

The candidates are seeking to replace Democrat Rep. Henry Waxman, who announced his retirement earlier this year.

"I am a lifelong Democrat," Williamson said. "... I feel the two-party duopoly is unhealthy for our democracy at this point. It is sucking all the oxygen out of our public discourse."

At the heart of her work as a spiritual teacher has been her social justice causes. She co-founded The Peace Alliance, which promotes legislation to establish a United States Department of Peace. She also serves on the board of directors of the RESULTS organization, working to end hunger and poverty throughout the world, according to her campaign.

Williamson said at the Marina del Rey event that the power of money on politics is hurting America.

"It's like a cancer that is eating our Democracy -- this issue of the undue influence of money on our politics," Williamson said.

She said she also supports a constitutional amendment to regulate campaign financing.

The two candidates with the most votes, regardless of party affiliation, in the June 3 primary election will move on to the general election in November.

--City News Service



John April 16, 2014 at 11:55 AM
"has garnered support from celebrities such as Kim and Kourtney Kardashian, Nicole Richie and Katy Perry." That's the kiss of death right there.
Lorelei Shark April 16, 2014 at 12:00 PM
I support Marianne Williamson because she reflects my values. I want my country back. I want my kids and grandkids to have the same opportunities that I had and that my parents had, but they don't and it's getting worse daily. SCOTUS and the Oligarchs have gutted citizen's basic rights. The legislature is creating circumstances which harm middle America and the poor. We the people need to regain control of our country. The only way we can do this is to put new people, with an agenda for the people, in power. I understand the skepticism, because politicians are not us and can't be trusted. They lie and do what's right for their backers and themselves. This is exactly why I'm supporting Marianne Williamson, because she is not that politician. She truly cares about the travesties occurring in our country and has chosen to focus her energy on this election. One which could put her in Washington, to represent us as an independent spirit and a force of power, to fight against the status quo. Because celebrities know and admire her, isn't a negative, it means they support her views also. Some are willing to produce and/or perform in an event - a way for her to raise money for a her campaign. Her war chest consists of $2600 maximum contribution per person. She will not take the big money because she wants to make this a people's campaign. She doesn't have the money of a Ted Lieu nor Wendy Greuel, but she has much more to offer than either of them will ever have, a no-strings attached, rational look at our country's modus operendi. Most of all, she has love in her heart, for all of us, which empowers her to stand up and for fight for us. That's why I'm going to the polls on June 3rd and casting my vote for Marianne Williamson to represent me in Washington. No, I'm not attached to her campaign. I just believe that if we keep sending the same people to represent us - how can we expect anything to change. PLEASE VOTE on JUNE 3rd. Have a voice in your government. It's more powerful than any amount of money... it's the only true power we have.
Joseph Delano April 17, 2014 at 06:32 PM
The efficacy of members of the female persuasion in California politics best and very accurately analyzed by Bert Prelutsky of LA TIMES below: (LET'S NOT ADD TO THE PROBLEM) "Frankly, I don't know what it is about California, but we seem to have a strange urge to elect really obnoxious women to high office. I'm not bragging, you understand, but no other state, including Maine, even comes close. When it comes to sending left-wing dingbats to Washington, we're Number One. There's no getting around the fact that the last time anyone saw the likes of Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein, Maxine Waters, and Nancy Pelosi, they were stirring a cauldron when the curtain went up on 'Macbeth'. The four of them are like jackasses who happen to possess the gift of blab. You don't know if you should condemn them for their stupidity or simply marvel at their ability to form words." Columnist Burt Prelutsky, Los Angeles Times

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