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Actress Resigns from Play over Support of Tea Party Candidate

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From Phil Shuman: Is there a first amendment or not ?

Here's a quote from what has to be described as an ‘'unusual'' campaign video featuring Minuteman Republican candidate for California Governor Tim Donnelly, and an actress some of us of a certain age remember, Maria Conchita Alonso.

They're standing next to each other; she's holding a Chihuahua,  and he says, "I love this state.  I came here with 300 bucks in my pocket,  married the sexiest woman in California;  I raised five sons and started a business — that's the California dream." 

If you need a reminder,  Donnelly, an assemblyman from Twin Peaks, is a  founder of a Minuteman border-patrol chapter and described generally as a "Tea Party Candidate."

 Back to the commercial :  She translates his comments  into Spanish,  but puts in at the end  "and apparently he believes he married me. Well, he can dream, right?" 

 Amusing I guess.  From there we go to  Donnelly again saying to the camera, "Politicians and big government are killing our prosperity.  They're driving business out of our state, pushing welfare costs through the roof and driving our schools into the ground, ‘' says Donnelly, which is comically translated by Alonso as : "We're screwed."  ( https://www.electtimdonnelly.com/ )

Well as far as free speech goes, great, but Alonso apparently has encountered some serious backlash in the Bay area from Latinos upset with her over this ad, and who have threatened to boycott a Spanish language production of the play,  The Vagina Monologues , so Alonso decided to withdraw from the production, or she was asked to leave, depending on your perception.  

She's been defending herself on Fox News and Donnelly , on his web site, said he was honored and thrilled to have her support. 

I'm sure that won't change, and I'm also sure he's thrilled with the controversy, as it's free publicity for his campaign against Gov. Jerry Brown.  

As for Donnelly's campaign, his spokesperson told me this afternoon, ‘'The left is always more tolerant except when someone disagrees with their point of view."    More on this on Studio 11 LA at 5p @studio11la 

PREVIOUSLY:

A San Francisco arts organization has parted ways with a well-known Latina actress, who was to star in its rendition of "The Vagina Monologues," after the thespian appeared in a political ad with a California Tea Party lawmaker who is running for governor.

"We really can't have her in the show, unfortunately," Eliana Lopez, the producer, told KPIX 5 of Maria Conchita Alonso's resignation on Friday from the cast of Brava! For Women in the Arts' upcoming Spanish performance of the Eve Ensler play.

"Of course she has the right to say whatever she wants. But we're in the middle of the Mission. Doing what she is doing is against what we believe."

Several Latino organizations have criticized Alonso -- a former Miss Venezuela who gained Hollywood fame for hits like "The Running Man," and "Moscow on the Hudson" -- for endorsing Tim Donnelly, a California State Assemblyman from San Bernardino.

Donnelly founded a state chapter of the Minutemen, an armed vigilante border patrol group, and has vigorously fought against measures that allow California's undocumented immigrants to attend public colleges at the same tuition rates as other residents, as well as permit them to obtain driver's licenses, according to Fox News Latino.

In the Donnelly ad, released Jan. 13, Alonso holds a small dog that she introduces as "Tequila" and at times uses vulgar expressions as she translates remarks by Donnelly about his views on various issues into Spanish.

"Politicians and big government are killing our prosperity, pushing welfare costs through the roof and driving our schools into the ground," Donnelly reportedly notes in the ad.

Then, while standing next to him, Alonso jokingly translates it all by saying, "We're screwed."

"The Tim Donnelly ad with Maria Conchita Alonso ad is so bad it's almost laughable," Café Con Leche, a Latino Republican group, said in a statement. "The ad seems designed to appeal to Hispanic voters, but instead insults the intelligence of many Hispanic voters."

Brava! For Women in the Arts' production of "The Vagina Monologues" is scheduled to show at the venue it owns and operates called the Brava Theater Center, located in San Francisco's Mission District, a neighborhood heavily populated with people of Latin descent.

For her part, Alonso was reportedly born in Cuba and spent the first five years of her life there, until her family moved to Venezuela in 1962. She became a U.S. citizen in 2005

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