Maria Conchita Alonzo+Tim Donnelly

By Beau Yarbrough, The Sun
Posted: 01/21/14, 8:47 PM PST |

Candidate for governor Tim Donnelly raised eyebrows last week with a new campaign video alongside actress and singer Maria Conchita Alonso.

In his three-minute “The People United” video, the Hesperia Republican and Alonso discuss his desire to cut regulation, reinvigorate the state’s film industry and his opposition to the state’s ban on lead ammunition, with Alonso sometimes translating, and at other times just paraphrasing, his views into Spanish.

The ad is tongue-in-cheek, with Donnelly proclaiming his wife is the sexiest woman in California and Alonso assuming that he means her.

“I’ve been endorsed by (actor) Rob Schneider and had him at one of my campaign events, and I’ve made a lot of in-roads into Hollywood,” Donnelly said Tuesday. “I became aware of Maria and we were looking to do an ad that would be different, something that would have some humor, maybe even start some healing. … But most of all, we wanted something that would cut through the noise.”

Donnelly, who’s represented the High Desert in the Assembly since 2010, is also the founder of a chapter of the Minuteman Project and a vocal opponent of illegal immigration.

Alonso, who was born in Cuba and raised in Venezuela, has long been an outspoken conservative as well, engaging in a public feud with actor Sean Penn over his support for Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez.

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