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By Paul Bond | Originally Posted on Newseek

On August 10, California gubernatorial candidate Larry Elder tweeted that “Clint Eastwood just contacted me with a message of his support. A shout out to Mr. Eastwood. You made my day.”

It’s not like the legions of celebrity supporters who are throwing their weight (and cash) behind Governor Gavin Newsom in the nail-biter recall election—Steven Spielberg and Netflix founder Reed Hastings among them—but it is an indication of a more nuanced Hollywood movement going on behind the scenes.

In July, thousands of entertainment industry professionals received an email from Lionel Chetwynd, the Oscar- and Emmy-nominated director, producer and writer who is Elder’s campaign chairman.

“In the struggle for the soul of our nation—indeed, for Western civilization—a remarkable and superb opportunity has presented itself: Our friend Larry Elder…has taken up the battle to save the soul of California,” wrote Chetwynd, whose credits include Hanoi Hilton, Ike: Countdown to D-Day and The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz.

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