Alanis Morissette teams with Marianne Williamson to change Congress
Candidates for Congress can boast their own TV ads, slogans and even T-shirts and other keepsakes — but not everyone can say they have their own campaign song by a Grammy Award winner.
Self-help author Marianne Williamson is out to instill a new political sensibility in Congress with the help of Alanis Morissette, who wrote a new song for Williamson’s campaign.
Williamson, an independent, is one of 18 candidates seeking to succeed Rep. Henry Waxman, the liberal Democrat from California and prolific legislator who is retiring in January after 40 years in Congress. The video for Morissette’s song went live Monday on YouTube.
In her campaign, Williamson has denounced the “moneyed forces” that dominate American politics as she seeks to instill a “politics of conscience” in Washington. Morissette’s song, Today, speaks of a “revolution” to spark that change.
California’s 33rd District — which includes Beverly Hills, Malibu and Bel Air — is home to one of the more eclectic battles for Congress in the 2014 midterm elections.
Williamson, known for books such as A Return to Love, is one of the more unconventional candidates in the race. The field includes Wendy Greuel, the former Los Angeles city controller who lost the mayor’s race to Eric Garcetti last year; state Sen. Ted Lieu, who has the Democratic Party’s endorsement; TV producer Brett Roske; and Matt Miller, a radio host and political columnist who was an adviser in the Clinton administration.
Because of California’s primary system — in which the top two finishers regardless of party move on to the general election — someone with high name identification like Williamson shouldn’t be counted out in such a crowded field. Voters will have their say in the June 3 primary.