Days after Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders waded into this year’s state Senate election, so did the man who plays him on TV.
Larry David, the famed “Seinfeld” creator and star of “Curb Your Enthusiasm” who as of late has been the resident Sanders impressionist on “Saturday Night Live,” last week threw his support to Henry Stern in California’s 27th Senate District.
Stern, a 33-year-old legislative staffer, is seeking to replace his boss, Sen. Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills, in a competitive open seat encompassing portions of Los Angeles and Ventura counties, including the popular celebrity communities of Malibu and Calabasas.
Sticking to his strengths, David delivered the endorsement via awkward and self-deprecating comedy.
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“He’s a good guy. He grew up in the district he’s running in,” David says in a video released by Stern’s campaign. “So that’s it, for what it’s worth, which is nothing. It’s worth nothing, because it’s coming from me.”
His ex-wife, Laurie David, is then shown calling David to lambast his minimal effort.
“Larry, seriously? That was the worst endorsement of a candidate I’ve ever seen,” she says, before rattling off a list of Stern’s environmental accomplishments, including his work with Pavley to block new natural gas injections at the Aliso Canyon storage facility after a massive leak last fall.
David is not the only politician-portraying star behind Stern, whose father is actor Daniel Stern. Martin Sheen, best known as President Barlet on “The West Wing,” also endorsed him.