Actors Robert DeNiro and Alec Baldwin are giving some fundraising help to a Democrat hoping to unseat Republican Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi.
Howard Sherman is one of six Democrats in the June 5 primary. He is married to actress Sela Ward, and they have a home near Meridian, Mississippi, where she was raised. The couple previously lived in Los Angeles.
Sherman’s campaign spokesman David Davis confirms that DeNiro and Baldwin helped host a cocktail party Tuesday in New York, with suggested campaign donations of $1,000 to $5,400 per person.
Wicker faces one challenger in the GOP primary. He sent out his own fundraising email Wednesday, calling DeNiro and Baldwin “mega liberals” who have insulted President Donald Trump.
“Alec Baldwin is popular among liberals for his malicious and inaccurate portrayal of President Trump on Saturday Night Live,” the Wicker email says. “Robert DeNiro has said the following about our president: ‘I’d like to punch him in the face. This is somebody that we want for president? I don’t think so.'”