He is seeking the California House seat vacated by former Rep. Katie Hill, an intra-Democrat clash as the party seeks to preserve its 2018 California gains. Uygur has built a reputation as a liberal media figure, burnishing his bona fides by rolling out an endorsement from Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.), who said 'Congress needs bold progressives' like Uygur.
Uygur struck an anti-establishment tone in declaring his campaign, saying that he is running as an alternative to elected officials who are corrupted by “bribes from corporate interests and lobbyists.”
“We have ridiculously low wages and a horrible health care system because politicians took money from those industries to sell you out. It's time people had a Representative who actually represented them rather than the greedy, corrupt donor class.'
Hill resigned amid allegations of inappropriate relationships with subordinates.