SVU Star Running for Congress

Posted: Feb 08, 2018 7:30 AM

Actress Diane Neal, known for her role as assistant district attorney Casey Novak on “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit,” announced she is running for Congress on Tuesday.

Neal, 42, will be running for New York’s 19th Congressional District seat, which is held by Rep. John Faso (R). 

While a registered Democrat, the star will be running as an independent if she can get the 3,500 signatures required to be on the November ballot. 

“MORNING! Ok, so it’s ON!!! But I’m doing with nearly no staff, no donations (yet), with no party. Website will be up later today (fingers crossed) and all ready to go. But goal is bigger than parties. Goal is no negativity. Goal is HIGH ROAD all the way,” she announced on Twitter. 

“And that’s why I dropped off social- to think, read, write, ponder. Reacquaint with every bit of Political Phil., History and Ethics from The Republic to Rackove. To make a plan for us worthy of American Ideals. So... Off to finish web stuff. I’ll be back. SOON. THANK YOU for all love and support. It going to be a wild ride. I’ll be beholden to no one but US and to integrity & to the best version envisioned by imperfect, but wise, men centuries ago. Let the Grand Experiment live on!!!”

Neal, who has described her political views as “a little Libertarian … a lot liberal, mostly progressive,” will be up against at least six other Democratic candidates hoping to unseat Faso. A Democratic primary will be held June 28.