- The Washington Times - Sunday, February 15, 2015

California state Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez says she received a “disturbing message” Wednesday from actor Rob Schneider, who allegedly threatened to fight her political efforts to mandate vaccinations for children.

“He left a very disturbing message with one of my staff people, saying he was going to spend money against me in my next election,” said Ms. Gonzalez, a San Diego Democrat who is co-sponsoring a bill that would eliminate California’s personal belief exemption and make vaccinations mandatory, a local ABC affiliate reported.

Ms. Gonzalez said Mr. Schneider, an outspoken critic of vaccinations, threatened to spend a lot of money against her in her next election.

“He just has faulty information,” she told the station. “I told him I’d be more than happy to look at any study that’s a peer-review study, that’s scientific, to suggest the things that he was talking about. The problem is they don’t exist.”

The assemblywoman then posted on her Facebook page: “So … we received a phone call from Rob Schneider today where he threatened my staff that he would spend a lot of money against me because of my co-authorship of a bill to increase vaccine rates. When I called him back he was actually much nicer to me, but let’s be honest … that is 20 mins of my life I’ll never get back arguing that vaccines don’t cause autism with Deuce Bigalow, male gigolo.‪#‎vaccinateyourkids‬.”

Mr. Schneider’s controversial views have landed him in hot water in the past. In September, State Farm dropped the former “Saturday Night Live” comedian from its insurance ads amid pressure from pro-vaccination groups.

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