California Gov. Gavin Newsom is turning to the stable of Hollywood check writers and influencers he’s cultivated over the years to help him survive a Sept. 14 recall election.
The names on Newsom’s donor list are an A-lister’s dream, including the likes of Steven Spielberg, Barbra Streisand, and Netflix honcho Reed Hastings. But that’s just the beginning:
Newsom aides have reached out to several prominent celebrities including Snoop Dogg, urging the rapper to tweet to his 19.2 million followers his disapproval of Republican radio talk show host Larry Elder, who has emerged as a leading candidate to replace Newsom in the event that the governor is recalled. Snoop, according to a source, has agreed and is waiting for the right moment — but others aren’t holding their fire.
“Don’t DeSantis our California. Reject the ridiculous recall. Vote No and return your ballot by 9/14,” tweeted singer John Legend, who on Aug. 23 flagged Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ lax COVID-19 protocols. Comedian George Lopez, a friend of the governor’s, has also been actively tweeting in opposition to the recall.
Hyping a celebrity’s tweets is one thing – turning those tweets into votes is something else entirely. But give Gov. Newsom credit for throwing everything he’s got at the recall. He’s fighting hard, and it shows.
The question is: will it be enough, or have Californians had enough? We’ll know Sept. 14.