from an unpaid politician to a paid one

A recent profile of California Lt. Governer Gavin Newsom tanned my hide.  In it he lamented that Governor Brown wouldn’t give him the time of day.  Newsom doesn’t have the influence he had hoped for.  Here is the Letter to the Editor that I wrote to the LA Times that they published today as the lead letter.

July 17, 2013

Re “For Gavin Newsom, it’s lonely just below the top,” Column One, July 15

With Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom having no influence on Jerry Brown, clearly our governor does not subscribe to Abraham Lincoln‘s “team of rivals” leadership style. So if Newsom feels he is powerless, I invite him to switch places with me.

I am a member of a neighborhood association and a board member of a neighborhood council. I lobby my local City Council member’s office and other departments regularly to try to improve the quality of life in my community.

Just as with Newsom, I get little response, but unlike him, I do not have a salary of $123,965 or a $1 million budget to pay my staff so I can be ready for TV appearances. I am a volunteer who is underemployed.

One must serve one’s community as a duty.

Daphne Brogdon

Los Angeles

I wrote that because it sounded better than “shut your pie hole, you cry baby.”  Lt. Governor is not a position that denotes wheeler and dealer.  However, here he is being driven around, he gets to be  a UC Regent, meets with people of influence while he also hosts a TV show.  Where do I sign up for that?

Oh, and he has a pension.

My guess is “his people” cringed when they saw this piece. I’m sure this wasn’t the aspects of Newsom they were hoping to highlight.

 

 

What binder am I in?

I love running gags.  I love the Memes that develop online.  The best one to come out of the debate this week was all the binder jokes. I’d to work more, so perhaps Mitt Romney could fit me in one of his binders?  The “TV host, comic, vlogger” binder.  We are the bridge to no where of workers.

To be fair to Mitt and his binder beyond the Lily Ledbetter legislation Obama could have done better in his reply to the question of how to address the fact that women make 72 cents to a man’s dollar, as well.  Mary McNamera, TV critic for the LA times, had a pithy response to the back and forth.  Check it out, but this is one of my favorite parts

So we fixed that,” the president said. Et voila, pay equity all around! Instead of discussing how, say, that act might work for real women, he decided to turn a question about equal pay into an opportunity for him to point out his support for legal abortion and insurance coverage of contraceptives.

Because clearly any mention of women must prompt a discussion of abortion and contraception, and legal abortion and covered contraception should, somehow, make up for women not getting paid enough. (Memo to American management: Next time a man asks for a raise, just hand him a box of condoms.)

But, Romney’s boast that he got a “binder full of women” so he could get some new hires with a vagina has prompted the cargo load of jokes and memes.  It sounded at best a bit stiff and out of touch and worst insulting, “you got all the way to the governers office without knowing women of merit? All that business experience you had and you didn’t know some women to bring along?”

Not to mention, great you hired some broads, how does that help American women going forward?

Back to the jokes.. it’s the binder, people.  These are some of my favorites.

This is my fave.. perfect picture of Clinton.  Btw way, check out the twitter @pimpbillclinton  riot.

I was interviewing celebs on the Red Carpet with “The most interesting man in the world” showed up.  He crushed the Desperate Housewives and all others in terms of the crowds response.  He is a nice guy.

 

I have some empty binders if anyone needs them.