Rob Schneider goes GOP, endorses Tim Donnelly

Actor and comedian Rob Schneider announced yesterday that he’s switching from being a lifelong Democrat to being a Republican, and endorsing conservative Assemblyman Tim Donnelly for governor.

“The last time I made a movie in California was seven years ago, and that’s because we’re not being competitive,” said Schneider, 49, of Pacifica.

Oh, Rob. Robbie. Robmeister. The Robster. Rob-o-rama. Robman. Robatollah. Baron von Robthoven.

Yes, the California Film Commission reports that despite some positive effects from a tax-credit program for television and film production, “California continues to experience a pronounced erosion of this signature industry.” But could there be another reason that Rob Schneider hasn’t made a movie in California in seven years?

Let’s see what he has been doing for the past seven years. That takes us back to 2006 and – aha! – “The Benchwarmers.” Can’t believe that didn’t bring the big-ticket scripts pouring in. Then, who could forget those eight episodes of “¡Rob!” early last year? And, what was the difference between “Grown Ups” (2010) and “Grown Ups 2” (2013)? Looks like the latter suffered from a distinct lack of Rob.

Yep, must be the taxes and whatnot.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.