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Conservative actor Antonio Sabato Jr. announces run for Congress, aims to take Dem’s seat in Cali

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Actor Antonio Sabato Jr. has turned his attention from Hollywood to Washington, D.C. in an apparent bid for Congress.

The 45-year-old former star of “General Hospital” and “Melrose Place” will be running as a Republican challenger to US House Representative Julia Brownley, according to documents filed with the Federal Election Commission on Monday the Los Angeles Times reported.

Republican strategist Charles Moran, who will be serving as Sabato’s fundraiser, confirmed that the actor will be vying for Brownley’s congressional seat representing the southern central coast and most of Ventura County. The Democrat has represented the district since 2013.

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“Being a Republican and with proximity to the White House and Republican leadership, he’s going to be able to get more done — being in the majority, with his notoriety, for the residents of the 26th [Congressional] District,” Moran told the Times.

Sabato, an Italian-born American citizen, was a vocal supporter of President Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign and spoke at the Republican National Convention. His later revealed that his affiliation with Trump and the Republican Party was affecting his career as felt he was being blacklisted.

Antonio Sabato Jr. speaking at the Republican National Convention supporting Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump July 18, 2016 Image: screenshot The Washington Post)

But the experience also inspired his decision to run for office, according to Moran, who said the candidate would focus on veterans issues and substance abuse.

The former Calvin Klein underwear model, who has also appeared in reality television shows, including a VH1 contest, “My Antonio,” and “Dancing With the Stars,” was once a Democrat. He broke away from Hollywood liberal pack, however, after having a family changed his perspective.

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Sabato will seek to reclaim California’s 26th congressional district, which Republicans won from 2002 to 2012 before Brownley scored a Democratic win. The 64-year-old, who previously served in the California state Assembly for six years, won that election by six points following redistricting that changed the borders and population of the district, the Times reported. While she hung on by a mere two points in the following election, in 2016 Brownley won with a 20 point lead over her GOP opponent.

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