- 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.

SEE ALSO: State Farm drops Rob Schneider over anti-vaccine views

“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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