Stacey Dash's new political philosophy? "It's the economy, stupid."
In a 1,344-word post-election letter to TMZ, Dash -- who came under fire for publicly supporting Mitt Romney this summer -- explained why she decided to back the Republican presidential hopeful after voting for Barack Obama in 2008.
Although she had plenty of kind words for Obama (the actress praised POTUS for being "brilliant, understated, ethical [and] a great husband and father"), Dash said she's concerned about the economy's "tremendous downturn" and "the [country's] slow path to recovery," and that Romney's "bipartisan success as governor of Massachusetts" (as well as his business acumen) are what this country needs now.
Explaining that she's socially progressive, Dash argued that getting the economy back on track should be the priority for whomever takes office.
"The main objective of our nation must be repairing the economy," she shared. "All our social concerns must come after this. Without a stable economy our great nation fails."
Dash also lamented the intensely negative, combative tone the election took on -- and addressed her many Twitter haters.
"I do not want to be a part of the hateful voices insulting each other. I want to be a part of the voices that helps shape the future. Don’t you?" she mused. "Perhaps I publicly endorsed Romney from a slightly naive place, thinking that I could speak my voice without being criticized in such racially charged and hateful tones."
Regardless of the election's outcome, Dash made it clear she wants the bickering to stop.
"I feel a desperation for the country. The fact is, that when the two parties are not working together, it makes things worse! Bring me a leader from either party that can get this unstuck," she wrote. "Non-partisanship is what will get Americans back to work and the homeless back on their feet. Whoever is the next president must break gridlock and do the will of the people. Stop pandering to partisan politics while our great nation flounders."
Hours later -- after learning about Obama's victory -- Dash updated her missive, stating that she "congratulate[s]" him.
"Although I am disappointed that Governor Romney and Congressman [Paul] Ryan did not win, I am hopeful that President Obama will lead us to becoming the great UNITED STATES OF AMERICA that thrives," the Clueless alum concluded.
This article originally appeared on Usmagazine.com: Stacey Dash: Why I Voted for Mitt Romney