Progressive decay may have finally gone too far for Hollywood elites as real estate developer Rick Caruso, spending tens of millions of his own money to upset the Democratic establishment, received high praise in his bid to be Mayor of Los Angeles from Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos.
Caruso, an on-again-off-again Republican who seemingly joined the Democratic Party to bolster his chances of winning, may be a wolf in sheep’s clothing for liberal la la land, but his message is resonating with voters who are tired of the worsening conditions in their city. Sarandos said as much in a big way with “a full digital/mobile page takeover” featured on The Hollywood Reporter.
“The entire Machine of the Democratic Party had aligned for a candidate that is part of the very system that is failing this city. They are wrong,” a letter signed by Sarandos said about the “beautiful but struggling city.”
I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a full digital/mobile page takeover on The Hollywood Reporter (maybe they’ve done it before and I’ve just missed it). But here’s Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos asking people of LA to vote Rick Caruso for Mayor of Los Angeles on Nov. 8th. pic.twitter.com/GDliFru1L3
— julia alexander (@loudmouthjulia) November 6, 2022
In no uncertain terms, Sarandos painted a picture of what voters could expect if they put their support behind the establishment-backed Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA) whose endorsements include former President Barack Obama, President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT).
“If you think the city is well run and you want more of the same, don’t vote for Rick. All the sitting politicians who run it are telling you the same thing,” the CEO said before offering, “If you are tired of the inhumane way the homeless population lives in this city, the filth that goes uncleaned, the corruption in city hall, shrinking law enforcement and rising crime and now, the threat of even higher taxes … vote for Rick Caruso.”
In addition to the high praise from Sarandos who had officially endorsed Caruso in May, the developer has garnered support from celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Katy Perry, Snoop Dogg, Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Pratt.
With past statements that have suggested conservative alignments and being married to the former California Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s daughter Katherine, Pratt has remained coy about his politics but posted to Instagram, “I’ve lived in LA for over 20 years. It’s been great to me. In that time I’ve seen what many residents here have seen, the city’s gradual decline into pain and utter disarray.”
“I don’t normally support political candidates. But in this election,” he went on, “there’s too much to lose. If you’re an LA voter, I urge you to vote for @rickcarusola. He’s a builder. He knows how to get s–t done. He’s the guy for our city. Rick Caruso for LA Mayor.”
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) November 7, 2022
According to Politico, Caruso has spent roughly $100 million of his own money to flood media with advertisements bringing him within the margin of error heading into Tuesday’s election, this after trailing by double digits through the summer and losing the June primary by 7 points. Meanwhile, Bass has played catchup raising $8 million plus another $5 million that was spent from committees endorsing her.
Much like the GOP, the businessman’s campaign has put a focus on Latino voters, spending $13 million on canvassers in a get-out-the-vote effort that left Nilza Serrano, president of the Avance Democratic Club that endorsed Caruso, saying, “If nothing else, Rick Caruso has changed the narrative to include Latinos in future campaigns. And for that I will forever be grateful because our community will be better for it.”
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