CHICAGO – The Kennedy family name still has sway in Hollywood, it seems.
Not only have comedian Larry David and diva Barbra Streisand donated to Chris Kennedy’s Illinois gubernatorial campaign fund, but now Dan Aykroyd has cut a “Blues Brothers”-themed ad for Kennedy.
“The Blues Brothers had to break many laws in order to pay the Cook County Property Assessor’s office $5,000 for Sister Mary Stigmata, to save their Catholic orphanage,” Aykroyd says in the ad, in which he is filmed working under the hood of a police squad car. “Thirty-eight years later, the Cook County Assessor is still ripping off Chicagoans. Dirty politicians have made a fortune by enforcing unfair tax assessments.
“Now you know I love Chicago, and I know that the only way that corruption will end is if Chris Kennedy is elected governor of Illinois on March 20. Please, end the racket!”
The ad plays on the cult movie, which ends with characters played by Aykroyd and John Belushi paying a Cook County property tax bill to a clerk played by Steven Spielberg just in time to save an orphanage.
A campaign spokesperson for sitting Cook County Assessor Joe Berrios, who is up for re-election this year, declined comment.
But Kennedy isn’t the only candidate in the Illinois’ Democratic primary with Hollywood connections. Daniel Biss on Friday was scheduled to campaign with “The Social Network” star Jesse Eisenberg, who was nominated for an Oscar for his portrayal of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
Biss also this week scored the endorsement of Russian punk activists Pussy Riot.
Records show Larry David gave Kennedy’s campaign $1,000 last May. Streisand also gave $1,000 in June. The Aykroyd ad will play digitally statewide, but there are no plans to use it on broadcast TV, the Kennedy campaign said.
Kennedy and Biss’s main opponent for the Democratic nomination, J.B. Pritzker, has not announced any celebrity endorsements. His campaign spokeswoman Galia Slayen said, “We focus on getting endorsements from Illinois residents.”
Gov. Bruce Rauner is not known to have any celebrity backers, though state Rep. Jeanne Ives claims the support of nationally syndicated conservative talk radio host Mike Gallagher. The Rauner campaign did not respond Friday.
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