GAS! ( Garcetti Action Squad, what my sister and I call ourselves) were fired up to meet Jan Perry and the other primary candidates who are all supporting Eric Garcetti for Mayor of LA. None of them have the worldwide impact of a Bill Clinton. But, I think for the 243 people in LA who vote they could have more impact. Kevin James, the lone Republican ( a Republican in LA is a Pinko anywhere else.)
Emanuel Pleitez, who is a gracious young Latino who garnered a loyal cadre of supporters. Jan Perry, she was my 2nd fave in the race all along. She is a Council Member, representing Downtown and South LA. So here comes the gasp-able ( like teachable, but more astonishing) moment in the primary. Wendy Greuel put out an ad saying that Jan Perry was not a good fiscal watch dog for the city because years previous her now – ex husband business failure forced them to declare personal bankruptcy.
Not cool sister, not cool.
1) personal attack, yuck
2) Greuel wants traction for potentially being the first female mayor of LA. How about being a woman who doesn’t tear down another woman who could be the first female mayor of LA?
3) Are any of us in complete control of our spouses financial decision? Their business? Dang, I know I’m not. Ask Hillary Clinton if a woman should be blamed for her husbands failures!
4) it was bad politics. Perry wasn’t going to win the primary, so why attack her, risk alienating African American voters? Not a smart choice.
I was holding the Garcetti sign over my face, partly so it was visible to the cameras, partly because the sun was in my eyes. I was listening to the primary foes speak to why they support Garcetti. They didn’t say this, but I thought that part of this is because he is a more likable person. Not to say that his record in his council district isn’t stellar, which it is and he is worthy of endorsement. But, they did 42 debates with each other, they spent a lot of time together. He is most likely just a more likable person.
My sister Carole and I were thrilled to meet Councilmember Perry. We told her how rotten we thought her treatment was by Greuel and how elegant her statement was in response to it. She quoted Maya Angelou by saying “Thank you for showing me who you are”. Snap.
Being a political nerd in general and an LA nerd specifically we fawned over Perry like we were 9 year olds at a Justin Bieber concert.
A couple weeks after this we spoke again at Maverick Flat’s, at another Garcetti event. I told her she won my area in a landslide during the primaries and she offered to come and speak to my neighborhood and speak on Eric’s behalf. Very cool.
So, long story short. Jan Perry is coming to my backyard!!. I’m very excited and honored and of course have to clean that heap of toys and weeds out there! I’ve started sending out the word to my neighbors. I am hoping to get Jan fans who can convert to EG, undecideds and people who haven’t tuned in yet. I don’t need the hard core Garcetti faithful, though a few ringers are always good.
Now, what refreshments should we serve..?