- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Hollywood television and movie comedy star Rob Schneider, 50, said he’s been a lifelong Democrat but can’t take it any longer. He’s moved into the GOP camp and announced a switch to the Republican Party.

“The state of California is a mess, and the super majority of Democrats is not working. I’ve been a lifelong Democrat and I have to switch over because it no longer serves the people of this great state,” said Mr. Schneider, as The Blaze reported. “The last time I made a movie was seven years ago and that’s because we’re not being competitive.”

Mr. Schneider, known for his “Saturday Night Live” rendition of Rich, the copy repair guy, as well as several movie appearances in the likes of “Deuce Bigalow, Male Gigolo” and other Adam Sandler productions, also said overregulation is killing his vitamin business.

He’s fled the state to avoid the hefty California regulations, he said in The Blaze report.

“We moved out of the state because of overregulation,” he said, speaking about Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s targeted ads to compel business to leave California for the comparative freedoms of the Lone Star state. “It isn’t helping businesses. We’re chasing businesses away.”

Mr. Schneider added, “Another four years of a Democratic administration will be a disaster, as it already has been.”

He announced his party switch at the same time he said he was endorsing Republican California Assemblyman Tim Donnelly for governor.