“Brent Roske lives on a 45-foot yacht off the coast of Marina del Rey, which is technically on the Pacific Ocean, but for jurisdictional purposes is considered part of the city of Los Angeles and, more to the point, the 33rd Congressional District of California. …Roske, who is 39, is part of a field of 18 candidates hoping to represent the heartland of Beverly Hills, Malibu and Bel-Air in the United States Congress.
A former creative director at NBC Universal, Roske is not without assets… Should Roske get elected, he already has some bold ideas. He plans, for instance, to hire a film crew to document his every move in office. “People have a right,” he says, “to know what their elected representatives are doing.”
"[T]he existing field reflects the vibrant collection of humanity that resides in California 33. …You’ve most likely not heard of any of them except Marianne Williamson, the self-help guru, who dislikes being called a “self-help guru.” (Her spokesman has suggested the term “thought leader.”) Williamson has spoken of turning our political dialogue into “a conversation of the heart.” Katy Perry shows up at her events, as do multiple Kardashians. Kim officially endorsed her in a blog post just before press time. Williamson also received the support of Alanis Morissette, Nicole Richie and, for added sex appeal, Dennis Kucinich.”
"She pounds the theme in house parties throughout the district. The parties are filled with devoted readers and acolytes — Eva Longorias and Grammy winners and a woman from “Glee” — who make up her political base. Heads bob when Williamson discusses money. “The House of Representatives was supposed to be where the shopkeeper could come in and the candlemaker could come in,” she says, but now it is a servant of only the mega-financed. And where else but here, in this fertile crescent of American possibility, could a very wealthy spiritual guru who does not like to be called a spiritual guru go on to become a 21st-century version of the iconic candlemaker-leader that the founders envisioned?
“When I started my career, 20 years ago, my conversation seemed fringe,” Williamson said. “Today that fringe is baked into the cake. You are fringe if you don’t know what it is. You’re the one who looks silly today if you don’t have some understanding of some integrated holistic perspective on life.” …
“This is not just a political issue but a spiritual one,” Williamson told me, and I believed that she believed that. If a society factors an issue only through economics, she went on, “rather than ‘How are the kids?’ ‘Am I harmful to anyone or anything?’ ‘Am I an instrument of good, of higher purpose?’ ” we could end up, in her words, becoming members of some sociopathic new world order. “And a sociopath has no conscience,” she said. “A sociopath has no remorse.”
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