Tuesday 18 July 2023

'I saw true character': Mark Hamill of 'Star Wars' praises Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff in Senate campaign fundraising email

 Actor Mark Hamill of "Star Wars" fame is backing Rep. Adam Schiff's (D-Calif.) U.S. Senate bid, claiming that the politician has given him "hope."

"Over the last six years, our democracy has been tested like never before. And in those dark times, Adam gave me hope," a message from Hamill declared within a Schiff Senate campaign fundraising email. "Hope that our democracy would survive. Hope that not only would we get through this, but that we would come out on the other side and our democracy could be strong again." 

Kenneth P. Vogel of the New York Times tweeted a screenshot of the email. The message can also be viewed on

Schiff, who has served as a lawmaker in the U.S. House of Representatives for more than two decades, announced a U.S. Senate bid earlier this year. Fellow Democratic Reps. Barbara Lee and Katie Porter are among the candidates running for the Golden State Senate seat that is currently occupied by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who will not be seeking re-election in 2024. 

"Here's the thing — it would have been easy for Adam to stay on the sidelines, and let someone else take all the heat for defending our democracy against Trump's many abuses of office," Hamill said. "But instead he stood up, and led us through dark times. And as I got to know Adam better during those years, I saw true character and determination. A willingness to put himself and his career on the line to hold a dangerous demagogue accountable." 

"And nobody will be a more fearless or tireless fighter for our democracy and our state than Adam Schiff. Nobody. And with Trump running again, Adam is the best person possible to keep holding him accountable," Hamill claimed.

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