Oprah to campaign for House candidate
March 18th, 2014
03:08 PM ET
9 months ago

Oprah to campaign for House candidate

(CNN) – You may have never heard of Lavern Chatman, a Democrat running for Congress in northern Virginia.

But now that her pal Oprah Winfrey is making a rare political appearance for the candidate, Chatman is making national headlines.

It helps to have famous friends.

Chatman announced Tuesday that Winfrey will appear at a fundraiser for Chatman on April 5 in Arlington, Virginia. The event will be focused on women's issues, Chatman said.

"Oprah is a good friend and we both share a passion for empowering women and girls for leadership. I'm delighted she is coming to town to help with my congressional campaign," she said in a statement on her website.

She's one of nearly a dozen Democrats running in the solidly-Democratic 8th Congressional District, where longtime Rep. Jim Moran is retiring.

"To win a race like this, you need a lot of support and a strong grass roots effort. Our campaign is off to a tremendous start," she said in the statement about Winfrey.

Chatman has run nonprofit community-based programs, according to her website, including a group that aims to boost voter participation and a mentoring organization called The Grandfathers Group.

While Winfrey started getting more involved in politics with then-Sen. Barack Obama's first presidential campaign, she still largely stays out of campaigns and elections. Other exceptions include former Newark mayor Cory Booker, who ran for the Senate and won in a special election last year with support from Winfrey. She also gave a check to a young city council candidate in Stockton, California in 2012.

She has donated to state Democratic parties, as well as the Democratic National Committee.

CNN's Ashley Killough contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2014 • Congress • Oprah Winfrey • Virginia
soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. vl

    She also campaigned for Obama and look how well that turned out!

    March 18, 2014 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  2. smith

    More big shot political donors throwing money into elections

    March 18, 2014 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  3. wise guy

    No white person qualifies? Her prejudice is showing, shame on you Oprah .

    March 18, 2014 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    If I had Oprah's money, I'd operate more anonymously like the Koch Brothers. No publicly announced fund raisers.

    March 18, 2014 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  5. wise guy

    Smith, at least she is not doing it to further enrich herself.

    March 18, 2014 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  6. wise guy

    I dont think she's viewed in the same light as the Koch brothers, with good reason, she is generous, and compassionate, things the Koch's just aren't.

    March 18, 2014 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  7. Ken

    "O" lied about a store clerk, is she even relevant ..??..what a piece of work...lonely also...

    March 18, 2014 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    @wise guy shame on you. It's a free country she can support who she wants to.

    March 18, 2014 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    wise guy

    No white person qualifies? Her prejudice is showing, shame on you Oprah .
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    "It helps to have famous friends."
    Reading is fundamental. I'm sure Hillary is another famous friend.

    March 18, 2014 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  10. Tampa Tim

    Doesn't Oprah have a higher approval rating than Charles and David Koch?

    March 18, 2014 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  11. Rudy NYC

    Ken

    "O" lied about a store clerk, is she even relevant ..??..what a piece of work...lonely also...
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    Not familiar with that one. But, Mitt Romney made headlines today, and he blatantly lied about Jeep, and continued to maintain the lie even after the CEO debunked Mitt's allegation.

    March 18, 2014 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  12. wise guy

    I do enjoy the snl skits about her though.

    March 18, 2014 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  13. bcrunner

    @Ken: I don't think that Oprah is lonely. You may be, but I don't think she is.. And, she "lied" about a store clerk... don't recall that, but did anybody die because of her "lie"????

    March 18, 2014 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  14. me too

    Thank God she's getting involved. She is one of my favorite ppl. If Oprah has their back they are good people. She has no interest in personal gain. Only fairness, no matter color or creed. I hope she'll take up the baton and run for more.

    March 18, 2014 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  15. me too

    Better than Mitch M's reason for befriending Christie, because 'The enemy of my enemy is my friend.' What character.

    March 18, 2014 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  16. Chris-E...al

    So lets see ummm. We haue red and blue states right ? And the dems cry out over and over from the hilltops that repubs hate woman. Another lie check . And the dem states are the worse states an are hypocritical about what they say want for woman and minority PPL. And fall way short on what they really do 4 them . dems think of them as a easy v0te seems to me. and for this the dems will go home in nov .

    March 18, 2014 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  17. ThinkAgain: Don't like Congress? Get rid of the repub/tea bag majority.

    @wise guy: "No white person qualifies? Her prejudice is showing, shame on you Oprah ."

    You're assuming Oprah supports her because she's black; YOUR prejudice is showing, Bub.

    March 18, 2014 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  18. Silence DoGood

    @Chris-E...al
    So lets see ummm. We haue red and blue states right ? And the dems cry out over and over from the hilltops that repubs hate woman. Another lie check . And the dem states are the worse states an are hypocritical about what they say want for woman and minority PPL. And fall way short on what they really do 4 them . dems think of them as a easy v0te seems to me. and for this the dems will go home in nov .
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    It is tough to beat the radical right telling women what to do with their bodies, what medical procedures are required as punishment, and who they cannot marry. The Tea Theocracy is so extreme, your imagined conspiracy pales in comparison.

    March 18, 2014 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  19. Chris-E...al

    The last time i checkd a woman can do anything they want to with the body ! They have right to and they should its great ? Its when we tax payer have to pay for it is what sux ! And free b control ! It made 40mil insurance rates go up . I should'nt have to pay if im n0t playing . its not fair whata bout my rites ! why cant we choose ! vote out the demi gods !

    March 18, 2014 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |