Both have worked with Verrone during his career as a TV writer and producer. The former WGA West president announced last month that he was running for the 26th district seat; he is one of eight candidates who have filed to succeed Democrat State Sen. Ted Lieu, who is running for the Congressional seat of retiring Rep. Henry Waxman.
“I’m fortunate to have the support of my friends Seth and Richard, who are not only very funny guys, but are also passionate about building stronger communities and a stronger foundation for middle class families,” Verrone said. “We all have a sense of humor, but what’s been happening to California families is no joke. It’s time to get serious about the problems we face and move forward with concrete solutions. That’s what I’m doing on this campaign and what I’ll do in the State Senate.”
On Sunday, MacFarlane and Lewis retweeted Verrone’s message about his new e-book, “Reclaiming the California Dream.”
Lewis added, “Pat will really work 24/7 for Ca! He’s more obsessive than me!”
Verrone is a resident of Pacific Palisades. Other declared candidates are Santa Monica school board member Ben Allen, attorney Barbi Appelquist, former assemblywoman Betsy Butler — who represented another district from 2010 to 2012 — women’s rights activist Sandra Fluke, surgeon Vito Imbasiciani and Manhattan Beach mayor Amy Howorth.
California’s primary election takes place June 3 and its general election is Nov. 4. The district runs from Palos Verdes to Pacific Palisades and includes Beverly Hills and Hollywood.
Verrone, who won a two-year seat on the WGA West board in September, disclosed his candidacy to fellow writers in a March 15 email that included a pitch for funds. He’s best known for leading the WGA’s strike in 2007-08 and has worked on “Futurama,” “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson,” “The Larry Sanders Show” and “The Simpsons.”