SACRAMENTO, Calif., October 10, 2013 – Hollywood and Republicans typically go together about as well as oil and vinegar on a small plate at The Ivy restaurant on Robertson Boulevard. That is, until this week.
In a town where actors are usually blackballed with McCarthy-era style tactics for even so much as admitting Republicanism, a few select Hollywood types concerned about California are stepping out of the shadows in one last attempt to save the Golden State.
Former Saturday Night Live star, actor, screenwriter and director Rob Schneider – a lifelong Democrat – is throwing his support behind Republican candidate for Governor Tim Donnelly this week, in an all-out effort to save California.
In an exclusive to the Washington Times, Rob Schneider reveals, “As a lifelong Democrat, I am horrified by what’s happening in this State with the Democrat Supermajority now in the legislature in California. The Democrats in my party have abandoned me, and so I have abandoned them.”
In a video released today to the Times, Schneider cites California’s fledgling business climate and specifically, “the Democrats’ failed policies” which have driven California into the ground – and driven film business out of the state in droves.
“It’s not about being a Republican, it’s not about being a Democrat … it’s about doing what’s best for the State of California.”
Schneider says he often talks to other actors and producers about the impact of the State’s failed policies on film production. He asks his colleagues, “Do you really want to make a movie in Louisiana, or do you want to do it right here in California?” He cites California as having the best crews, the best studio space, and the best actors in the world, “yet we’re shipping jobs to other States.”
It’s been seven years since he’s made a film in California says Schneider, who is known for his popular role in films with Adam Sandler including “The Waterboy,” the slapstick comedy “Deuce Bigelow, Male Gigolo,” “50 First Dates,” and others.
This isn’t the first time the state has attempted to save the industry, although it doesn’t have to be the last. At the urging of then-Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2009, The California Film & Television Tax Credit Program was enacted into law as part of a targeted economic stimulus package to increase television and film production with the goal of boosting spending, tax revenues and jobs in the Golden State. But even the $100 million tax credits have been too little in the uphill fight against the disastrous job-killing policies of the Democrat stranglehold in Sacramento.
Rob Schneider isn’t the only one concerned about the industry’s future in California. Sam Jenkins, actress (“Hercules” and “Chicago Hope”) and wife of actor Kevin Sorbo (“Hercules”), also came out over the weekend to endorse Donnelly at the California Republican Party state convention. No doubt it will take a Herculean effort to win, but the early signs of Hollywood support – which no doubt comes with Hollywood money – bodes well for outsider Donnelly.
Recently starring in the motion picture “Grown Ups,” Rob Schneider would like for Californian politicians to act a bit more like grown ups. “Here’s somebody who is what a politician should be: a servant to the people,” said Schneider in his endorsement of Tim Donnelly today. “I think he’s going to do great.”
As to Donnelly’s chances for winnability as a fiscal conservative in a liberal state, Schneider seizes the opportunity to re-claim his popular line from “The Waterboy,” chanting, “You can do it!”
The exclusive campaign video can be seen here:
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