August 18th, 2010
06:11 PM ET
4 years ago

Robert Redford wades into California Senate race

Robert Redford has penned a letter on behalf of Barbara Boxer.
Robert Redford has penned a letter on behalf of Barbara Boxer.

Washington (CNN) - Legendary Hollywood actor/director Robert Redford is the latest big gun being trotted out by the campaign of Sen. Barbara Boxer as part of her reelection effort. Supporters of the California Democrat received an email from Redford on Wednesday, complete with a fundraising plea.

Focused on the environment, the letter praises Boxer's work on the issue.  Boxer has "been there with us all along, long before cameras were rolling in the Gulf," Redford wrote, referencing the Gulf coast oil spill.

"From day one, Barbara has been a champion for environmental protection in the U.S. Senate. Without her there to lead the fight, I fear that instead of learning the lessons of this moment and moving forward, we could find ourselves slipping backward," Redford says.

Redford's letter heaps praise on Boxer while criticizing her Republican challenger Carly Fiorina over the same set of issues.

"Like Sarah Palin, Carly Fiorina is a strong supporter of "drill, baby, drill" - even in the wake of the BP disaster in the Gulf," Redford writes. "Fiorina opposes the commonsense efforts of Senator Boxer, Senator Feinstein, and their West Coast colleagues to extend a moratorium on new drilling off the Pacific coast."

And like most emails from politicians locked in a tight re-election battle, Redford makes a pitch for donations, asking for contributions of five dollars or more.

The Fiorina campaign hit back Wednesday, saying that Boxer was "calling in favors from anyone who will answer."

"Barbara Boxer is so nervous about voters' rejection of her job-killing policies ... that she's calling in favors from anyone who will answer. After more than three decades as a career politician, Boxer has a record of abject failure for the people of California, which is why they will replace her this November with a proven leader in Carly Fiorina," said Fiorina campaign press secretary Andrea Saul.

Recent polls have shown Boxer, who is bidding for a fourth term in the Senate, holds a slight lead over her Republican opponent. Fiorina, the former Hewlett Packard CEO, who was also an economic adviser and surrogate for Sen. John McCain's 2008 presidential bid, beat out her two other rivals in the GOP primary in June.


Filed under: 2010 • Barbara Boxer • California • Carly Fiorina
soundoff (43 Responses)
  1. jim

    Hollywood trying to inject their political ideas into American culture ,you can't make this stuff up.Why don't they leave the real serious stuff to the people that knows issues best.

    August 18, 2010 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  2. Bob in PA

    Don't these actors get the fact that they are entertainers ?
    You don't live in reality and we don't care what you think !

    August 18, 2010 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  3. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    Interesting how Conservatives are not disturbed by the fact that Fiorina is buying her way to the senate.

    August 18, 2010 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  4. DIANA

    I'm a Californian and I'm voting for Boxer with or withour Redfords endorsement – though it doesn't hurt that he's endorsed her.

    Fiorinie's an idiot.

    August 18, 2010 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  5. Augsbee

    Right, yes!!!!! so they can all continue, like Al Gore, to become rich/richer as the champions for environmental protection, wish the rest of us had thought of that gimmick. Please, the last people to show up to give a helping hand in the environmental protection are the Hollywood celebrities. talk, talk, talk, talk=$$$$$$$$$ for them.

    August 18, 2010 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  6. BP-Big Oil - Koch Brothers - All In Line To Support Fiorina

    For those of you complaining about an "actor" supporting someone who also believes in environmental protection.

    August 18, 2010 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  7. Four and The Door

    With her voting record in the Senate, it is difficult to bring up anything that Barbara Boxer did to help reduce unemployment. She has been a faithful member of the Obama bandwagon and that's just not working.

    Carly Fiorina is a proven leader, intelligent enough to bring fresh ideas for the state and the US Senate. OMG is that needed! We can do better than what the Democrats are selling, that's for sure. Spending just to spend without a plan gets you nowhere except deeper in debt. Enough already.

    August 18, 2010 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    Wow! A member of Hollywood is espousing liberal views and stomping for a Democrat?! I never would have believed it!

    August 18, 2010 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  9. Albo58

    It would be impossible to try and get to the left of Redford! He is a loon and obviously an extremely stupid one if he is backing Barbara Boxer!

    August 18, 2010 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  10. mikejpss

    "Like Sarah Palin, Carly Fiorina is a strong supporter of "drill, baby, drill" – even in the wake of the BP disaster in the Gulf," Redford writes. "Fiorina opposes the commonsense efforts of Senator Boxer, Senator Feinstein, and their West Coast colleagues to extend a moratorium on new drilling off the Pacific coast.">>>>
    Wow! so can I have his gasoline he doesn't use ?

    August 18, 2010 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  11. Sgt. Joe

    So happy to see this endorsement! Redford is well respected for all his work with the environment and common good sense. There was never a question in my mind between Boxer or Fiorina anyway. I know too many people who worked under Fiorina at HP; she did a dismal job there and got fired. How could she be trusted for this role?

    August 18, 2010 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  12. Keith in Austin

    Maybe Barbara can get Michael Moore to endorse her left wing agenda too!

    California is bankrupt and hopefully voters there will vote Babs out! Remember her scolding of a high-ranking Military Officer for not addressing her as Madam Senator? Her elitism and political idiology needs to be replaced!

    August 18, 2010 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  13. nini

    ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh Please.

    As people of California we deserve better than Barbara Boxer.
    Are you kidding me? You have lost your mind Mr. Redford.

    Why don't you step down from you glass houses and see what we really need in CA.

    August 18, 2010 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  14. Dean

    With congress having iys lowest approval rating ever, why do people continue to vot for the same people who got us in this mess? I know, Bush did it.

    August 18, 2010 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  15. LAWendy

    No big surprise, but can't help but wonder how useful it is. Redford hasn't been relevant in years, and hasn't lived in California in decades.

    August 18, 2010 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  16. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Fiorina is a joke and should not be allowed to ship anymore jobs overseas, ship her instead. Why would anyone give her a job when she's given away American jobs, she didn't care about Americans then and she doesn't care now. Tell her to hit the road or ship out.

    August 18, 2010 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  17. Shirley in California

    I can't stand this man. There is nothing more for me to say.

    August 18, 2010 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  18. terry,va

    Hollywood =DC fantasy land. Why would anyone pay attention to Hollywood? Obummie needs to to go Hollywood in 2012 for his fantasy land story or go back to community organizing. We definitely don't need him in the college class room as we already have enough nuts there.

    August 18, 2010 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  19. GOP Scorched Earth Politics

    Barbara Boxer indeed is a Senator that best represents the people of California. Fiorina is a reject ex-CEO that has no legitimate reason to want to run for Senate other than her ego.

    August 18, 2010 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  20. D-Sea

    Ha, the day I let an actor, ie someone who pretends to be someone else, influence my vote, is the day I turn in my voters registration. Great actor- but no way I listen to him or anyone else on how to vote!

    August 18, 2010 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  21. John

    I'll vote for Boxer, but who cares what Robert Redford says.

    August 18, 2010 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  22. Owhiner

    Yeah that should help somebody who plays dress up and acts like actual people who have done something. Actors should be treated like the Romans did, 3 class citizens of the lowest form.

    August 18, 2010 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  23. Robert

    Boxer has been a disaster and a failure, and the Sundance Kid can't help that!

    August 18, 2010 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  24. Disgusted

    When she spoke down to a Brig. General, she showed her true colors!!!!! Anyone who would berate a person who has served almost their whole life in the military deserves way more respect than she gave to the General. She is able to be a Senator today because of his service in keeping this a FREE nation! Barbara, what you did was totally disgusting...........you should NEVER again sit in a United States Senate seat!!!!! Shame on YOU!

    August 18, 2010 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  25. Steve in North Carolina

    No big surprise. It's too bad people give crededence to these circus people in Hollywood who do not live in the real world.

    August 18, 2010 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
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