TV star Ben Savage launches campaign for Adam Schiff House seat

March 7, 2023
by
Jen Krausz

Ben Savage, who starred on the 90s sitcom Boy Meets World and the 21st-century reboot Girl Meets World, announced on Instagram Monday that he will run for the House seat of Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA). 

Savage had filed paperwork to run for the seat in California's 30th District as a Democrat in January, but was considering the run before jumping in.

"Together, we can do better. I am a proud Californian, union member and longtime resident of District 30 who comes from a family of unwavering service to our country and community," Savage wrote. "I firmly believe in standing up for what is right, ensuring equality and expanding opportunities for all."

"I’m running for Congress because it’s time to restore faith in government by offering reasonable, innovative and compassionate solutions to our country’s most pressing issues. And it’s time for new and passionate leaders who can help move our country forward. Leaders who want to see the government operating at maximum capacity, unhindered by political divisions and special interests," he added.

A crowded field

A number of individuals have said they plan to run for Schiff's seat after he announced that he would run for the Senate seat of Diane Feinstein, 89, who said she will retire in 2024.

Savage has the most name recognition of anyone running so far because of his television career. He played Cory Matthews on the popular sitcoms, first as a teen coming of age and later as a father guiding his daughter through the same period in her life.

Others likely running for the seat are Los Angeles Unified School District board member Nick Melvoin, Tech entrepreneur Josh Bocanegra, Silver Lake Neighborhood Council member G Maebe Pudlo, better known as Maebe A. Girl, Former L.A. City Attorney Mike Feuer, Drew Michael Britton, State Sen. Anthony Portantino, and state Assemblymember Laura Friedman.

While Savage has name recognition in his favor, he failed in a bid for the West Hollywood City Council in 2022, so his election to the seat is anything but assured.

Literally anyone other than Satan himself would be better than Schiff, who was stripped of his membership on the judiciary committee because of blatant lies he told about Trump-Russia collusion and impeachment while former President Donald Trump was in office.

Savage's views

When running for the council, Savage said he was interested in addressing “serious challenges around public safety, struggling businesses, inflation and the cost of housing” in the city.

While the statement doesn't give much of a clue about how he plans to address these issues, he seems like more of a moderate than Schiff and other progressives that make up much of California politics.

He studied political science at Stanford and interned in 2003 with then-Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter (D).

In 2014, he told Rolling Stone that he thought the internship would be "fun" and that D.C. is about "connections."

The election is not for over a year-and-a-half, giving the many candidates plenty of time to sort themselves out.

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