“Law & Order: SVU” star Diane Neal is remembering the good times. The Casey Novak actress took to Instagram on Wednesday to share a photo from her Greek vacation several years back with “NCIS” actress Cote de Pablo.
“And for something far, far more fun-one from a #greek #vacation a few years ago with the lovely #cdp,” Neal posted. “#nofilter #nomakeup just living the #ageansea life on the outer #cyclades.”
‘Law & Order: SVU’ Star Ran for Congressional Seat in 2018
Neal isn’t just an actress. She also ran for Congress in 2018 as an Independent. In the contest to represent New York’s 19th Congressional District, she was clearly an underdog. She had never held elected office. And when she launched her campaign, she conceded that not only was she short on funds, but she had no staff and no website, either.
“Ok, so it’s ON!!! But I’m doing with nearly no staff, no donations (yet), with no party,” the registered Democrat announced on Twitter at the time. “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.”
In another unconventional move, Neal had neglected her social media accounts in the weeks leading up to her campaign launch. She had to do that, she said, in order to read.
“And that’s why I dropped off social- to think, read, write, ponder,” she tweeted. “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.”
“It going to be a wild ride,” the “Law & Order: SVU” actress added. “I’ll be beholden to no one but US and to integrity & to the best version envisioned by imperfect, but wise, men centuries ago,” Neal continued. “Let the Grand Experiment live on!!!”
But running for office was not an easy road for the actress. The state Board of Elections tossed out more than 1,800 of her roughly 4,100 signatures to get on the ballot. Neal challenged their decision, and the state Supreme Court ultimately ruled in her favor, the Associated Press reported.
In the end, Neal got about 1% of the vote, according to Ballotpedia. Democrat Antonio Delgado won the seat.
Still, the outspoken actress has continued to post pictures of herself, including throwback pics, on social media, and she recently started a book club. So the failed run for office does not seem to have deterred her from launching new projects.