Received this e-mail today from actor and activist Martin Sheen in support of Christy Smith’s (D. CA-25) congressional campaign:
My name is Martin Sheen, though you may remember me as President Bartlet on The West Wing.
I don't have the kind of (fictional) power that I used to have as a (fictional) president. But I've devoted my life outside of acting to political activism by doing everything I can to support the causes and candidates that I believe in, like Christy Smith.
It's not every day that you meet a candidate like Christy. She is the kind of leader that we tried to portray in The West Wing's best moments — inspiring, hard working, and dedicated to facing challenges head on and getting results.
Right now, I'm reaching out to you because Christy has an important fundraising deadline coming up on September 30th. Will you join me in supporting Christy at this key moment in her campaign by chipping in $5?
If it's not personal it's impersonal, and as such no one cares. So to get a little personal, politics to me is about hope. It's about our children being able to experience a brighter, more just tomorrow because of what we fight for today. And that starts with voting.
Elections are a time where we come together as a country to decide whether or not the politics of our present represent who we are as Americans or if we've gone too far off track. In 2018, it was the American people who decided that enough was enough and elected one of the most diverse freshman classes into the House of Representatives.
And now, as we inch closer to November 2020, perhaps the most consequential election of our lifetimes, we are once again taking our voices to the ballot box. And I can't picture a better person to represent California's 25th district than Christy Smith.
Christy's determination, and commitment to fighting for Los Angeles and Ventura Counties is evident in her career and her character. She will bring values that are sorely needed to Washington and work to make life better for CA-25.
I've never run for office. But I've seen a lot of campaigns up close, so I know it's not easy. Christy Smith needs all the support we can give her to win her election in November, so we can't let her miss a single fundraising deadline between now and then.