Oprah gives to young Stockton campaign
July 6th, 2012
04:10 PM ET
2 years ago

Oprah gives to young Stockton campaign

(CNN) - Oprah has added another campaign to her exclusive list of political donations.

Joining the likes of Barack Obama and Newark, N.J. mayor Cory Booker, Michael Tubbs was lucky enough to grab a little 'Oprah Effect.'

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According to his campaign's website, Tubbs is a 21-year-old politician who is running for city council in Stockton, California, a place ranking first on Forbes list of 'America's Most Miserable Cities' and has become America's largest city to file for bankruptcy.

A Stanford grad and Stockton native, Tubbs met Oprah while she was touring Stanford with the African Leadership Academy at a luncheon on campus. After hearing about his aspirations to revitalize the city, Oprah asked the young Democrat how she could make a donation, sending him $10,000 - one third of his campaign fundraising goal, BET first reported.

Tubbs told CNN that he feels so "thankful and humbled" by the media mogul's donation and feel that Oprah's political sentiments mimic those of his constituents.

"Oprah has only given to two other campaigns, which is a common narrative among our donors," said Tubbs who also says many of his donations come in $10-20 per month increments.

Tubbs' campaign slogan is "Reinvent Stockton" and, if elected, he could become the youngest city council member in Stockton's history.

"The city is at a crisis moment," said Tubbs, characterizing the November election as a "choice between chaos and community."

Born to a 16-year-old mom and incarcerated dad, he calls himself a "political breath of fresh air," promising to provide a fresh look at the economically wounded community, according to the candidate's website.

Tubbs election bid is showing strength with a win in a June 5 primary, grabbing just over 55 percent of Stockton voters, trumping incumbent Dale Fritchen's just under 44 percent, according to San Joaquin's Registrar of Voters. The only names on the ballot, Tubbs and Fritchen will face off again in November.

"When we started in January, we were motivated by a simple idea: that given the state of the city, that now was the time to ReInvent Stockton. Since that time we've talked to thousands of voters, walked every precinct in District 6, and have built a diverse coalition of volunteers and supporters that include school board President Sara Cazares, Delta Board of Trustee members Mary Ann Cox and Janet Rivera, Congressman Jerry McNerney, and even national icons like Oprah Winfrey. Yesterday, the residents of District 6 made their voices heard over the chorus of critics and told my opponent and the rest of the city that, "Now is the time to Reinvent Stockton,"" said Tubbs in a statement issued after his primary win.

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soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Chen

    I love oprah and will support this man!

    July 6, 2012 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  2. Gurgyl

    God bless you Tubbs, nation needs young, honest, brainy. Not old idiots.

    July 6, 2012 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  3. Reggie19

    Chen because you love Oprah you say that you are going to vote for him... Remember Oprah supported Obama and see what he doing to our country.....total disaster. So you better think again before you mark your "X".

    July 6, 2012 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  4. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    God has blessed Oprah and she has always shared her blessings with LOVE.

    July 6, 2012 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  5. Myviewis

    I just read about Michael Tubbs and already this young man has more real work experience than Obama when he was elected to president. I think we could be looking at a future president, he is getting hands-on experience.

    July 6, 2012 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  6. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I am sick of the republican right wingnuts who actually think Mittens 54 step economic plan will have any affect on jobs in the near future. Face it, adding $3 trillion to our national debt is not the answer. Granted, President Obama's jobs plan has only 43 steps, but the remaining 400 pages of his plans address the immediate needs of jobs in our country. But republicans are not much about helping our country because they have an oath to Grover to uphold.

    July 6, 2012 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  7. NVa Native

    Reggie – how many moons on your planet? Your claims would work for the Dubya's disastrous eight years when we were loosing 600,000 jobs a MONTH while the rich got richer and the middle class lost more than half their wealth!
    And you think adding 90,000 jobs is a failure?
    That is exactly why we are in the mess we are too many tee-head zombies refuse reality.
    Get a life little Reggie

    July 6, 2012 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |