August 18th, 2010
06:11 PM ET
10 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. joe

    Go back to making movies. People are sick of you communist actors, directors and others thinking that your opinions matter. Oliver Stone stating that Hugo Chavewz is a great person and we are the culprits, and that he does not supress freedom. Are you kidding me. You people should stick toacting nd leave the world to real people who have to struggle to earn a living and are never heard from.

    August 18, 2010 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  2. Enough

    Another washed up hollywood elite and he thinks we will vote Barbara "Bouncer" Boxer in for another destructive term. Enough, she needs to go and take her liberal spending with her.

    August 18, 2010 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |

    Without his cheesy wig, Redford would now look a lot like Lex Luther, only much uglier!!

    August 18, 2010 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  4. Clifford in New York

    The Democratic /Liberal parties are desperate! Not only did they bring this old fossil Redford out of the woodwork to support Barbera Boxer; they now want former President George W. Bush to support the building of a mosque at ground zero in New York City to help Obama!! Can't wait for November!!

    August 18, 2010 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  5. jules sand-perkins

    Keep drilling, baby.
    We need oil.

    What are Mr. Redford's latest films?

    August 18, 2010 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  6. Willy Brown

    If you're listening to a rock star in order to get your information on who to vote for, you're a bigger moron than they are. – Alice Cooper

    This applies to Hollywood movie people too.

    August 18, 2010 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  7. cobra

    Wow, Redrod for Boxer, that should scare even the die hard left wingers!

    August 18, 2010 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  8. cobra

    Wow, Redford for Boxer, that should scare even the die hard left wingers!

    August 18, 2010 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  9. Henry Miller, Libertarian, Cary, NC

    Why does anyone care about the political opinions of a fading actor?

    (On the other hand, why would anyone care about my political opinions? :-))

    August 18, 2010 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  10. the real ib

    Redford has turned into another hyprocrite when it comes to the environment issues. To bad a good actor has become such a joke. he fits right in with Boxer.

    August 18, 2010 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  11. PJ States

    Actors are reknowned for being a card short of a deck. Who cares what Bobby thinks anyway?

    August 18, 2010 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  12. German,IrishAmerican

    Robert Redford is one of the biggest hyprocrits in the world. He goes around spouting off on the environment, and how everyone should conserve, while he owns two homes that each use more energy than 15 homes of a four person houshold. He owns several SUVS which he drives back and forth to his homes because he enjoys the beauty of the country.

    August 18, 2010 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  13. Dennis

    Boy, that's a shocker that Redford would support the Democrat.

    August 18, 2010 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  14. Artie

    Hollywood should stick to fantasy acting ! The real world is beyond these egotists fog of rapture for their own opinions!

    August 18, 2010 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  15. m2h

    Well – alright then – now that the Sundance Kid is stumping for Boxer I'll just have to vote for her. Another Elite Liberal telling us "little people" what we need to do. Go Carly!

    August 18, 2010 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  16. Former Republican, now an Independent

    Fiorino, another "drill baby drill" fanatic, with no plan for anything.

    August 18, 2010 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  17. Tina

    Like Obama said, "we can't keep send these same old people back to Washington and expect change".

    Boxer is a loon and Toast.

    August 18, 2010 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  18. Tom

    He is even still relevant?

    August 18, 2010 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
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