UPDATE: notice ping back in comments, this post was picked up by some outlets regarding this subject. Yeah, for once it not just me!
LA Mayors race is STILL going on. Some developments have caused me to BREAK TIES and SPEAK OUT against politicos who I use to respect. To recap, my pick Eric Garcetti came in first in the primary. No one got 50% so now it’s between him and City Controller Wendy Greuel.
I left town for 2 weeks over spring break and somehow the Garcetti campaign cobbled on without me! Cobbled meaning continued endorsements and a rise in the polls.
As soon as we got back I felt I needed to jump back in and within a day Rex and Vivien were playing at Chez Garcetti with Eric’s adorable little girl while I phoned voters downstairs with other volunteers and his wife Amy. Two days later Mark was cooking a show stopping dinner at a friends fab house to raise money for the Garcetti campaign. The food was extraordinary. It was great to see not only Eric, but it was really great to see his whip smart wife when we weren’t canvassing! Those of us seated by her were transfixed as she told us about why they chose to be foster parents and some of the connections they have made over the years. When she got up the rest of us were saying stuff like, “oh, what a great thing to do, how wonderful, don’t think I could do it.” But, that’s not for the mics.
In front of the mic, my
former old favorite Bill Clinton really ticked me off because he announced his endorsement for Wendy Greuel. Sure, that’s his right, but why? It’s a race between two Pro Choice Democrats in a city that Clinton has NO connection or history too. Keep your nose out of it. I haven’t been this mad at Bill since the Blue Dress. Greuel supported Hilary in ’08, but dang it so did I. Bubba, don’t you have enough going on? Go bring medicine to Africa, somewhere you can be useful. Ironic, because I think Eric Garcetti has Clinton-like intelligence and charisma. An ability to speak from the heart to all types of people. To be fair, Clinton hasn’t said anything bad about Garcetti. But, a group I USE to like has.
MY deep rage I save for Emily’s list. They endorsed Greuel and have given her a pot of money. Now, this group is about supporting pro choice women candidates, so I’m not mad at them for following through with their mandate. Over the years I have given them money. I gave them money to support women, not make sexist ads and tear down a feminist man. Check this out: Wow, Eric has nice legs and pretty blond hair. I’ve been to Eric’s house, I’ve seen what he drives, he does not live like Paris Hilton. Garcetti was endorsed by NOW (California chapter of National Organization of Women) He has a great record of supporting women’s issues, hiring women on his staff and addressing everyday concerns of women. He increased parks in his district and put after school programs in the schools in his district. This is about him being up 10% in up in the polls.
Also, if that picture of the blond came from a male led group cries of sexism would be immense.
Last year I stopped giving to the Democratic Senate fund because I realized, hey some of those people I don’t like. I would rather pick my own candidate. I feel that way about Emily’s list now. I will do my own picking.