As consolation prizes go, appearing on a wildly popular TV show isn't too shabby.
Kern County Supervisor Leticia Perez threw in the towel on Wednesday in a vigorously fought race for an open Central Valley Senate seat, conceding to Republican farmer Andy Vidak. The election attracted ample attention, including national media coverage.
On Thursday night, Perez got another chance to be in the national spotlight. She appeared in a segment on the Daily Show, Comedy Central's satirical news program. And it turns out that, while her bid to serve in the state Legislature fell short, Perez isn't losing any sleep over whether to run for Congress.
A Daily Show segment on aspiring young politicians in an era of Congressional dysfunction (titled "A**holes wanted") opened with Perez, referred to in a voiceover as "an up-and-coming young Democrat." It then cuts to a sit-down interview with Perez, taped nearly a month before Tuesday's election. She recounts being contacted by the Democratic National Committee, told she is a "rising star" and enticed with an offer to run for Congress.
"I had to say no," Perez says, adding that she did so "resoundingly."
"It's no secret there is remarkable gridlock in DC," she expands. "I don't want to be at a place where I have a good, fancy title but I'm not actually able to deliver for people."
PHOTO: Senate District 16 candidate Leticia Perez talks with staff members in her campaign headquarters in Fresno on Tuesday, July 23, 2013. The Fresno Bee/Craig Kohlruss