After numerous local appearances that spawned considerable speculation, New York Times best-selling author and Oprah spiritual adviser Marianne Williamson of Hollywood says she will not run in the Sept. 1 Congressional District 10 special election.
In a note to her supporters this afternoon, Williamson said she felt there was not enough time to wage a successful campaign. But don’t remove her from your candidate lists just yet; she also says she will retain her exploratory committee with the idea that she could run for the seat in the regularly scheduled 2010 election. (FYI, the individual who wins the special election this year will have to immediately turn around and run for re-election in the regularly scheduled June 2010 election.)
Williamson sent out this note to her supporters this afternoon:
Over the last few weeks, I explored the idea of running in District 10’s special Congressional election.
I can honestly say this was one of the most moving experiences of my life.
I’ve become convinced, as never before, that America is ready for a new kind of politics – a “whole person” politics that calls on more than a narrow swathe of left brain thinking…that inspires our wisdom, our love, and most particularly our vital participation. I have witnessed what I see as the awakening spirit of American democracy, as person after person has relayed to me their hope — after sometimes never having thought it possible — that politics could be something authentic and truly meaningful in their lives.
In the final analysis, I didn’t feel that in the time left before the election I could wage a campaign worthy of the energy people were willing to put into it. While I am therefore not a candidate in the special election, I am retaining my Exploratory Committee status with an eye toward the regularly scheduled mid-term elections in 2010.
I have truly enjoyed being with you, and look forward to a deep and lasting relationship to your community. The word “politics” comes from a Latin root that means “of the people.” The politics that matters most is the connection we have among ourselves, and I hope to experience that connection in various ways in the months to come. I will not forget the kindness and support that you extended to me over the last few weeks.
With gratitude and all best wishes,