Rick Orlov on Walter Moore
Using the Internet as both a modern day sandwich board and a chain letter crying out for attention, a little-known candidate for mayor is trying to get into the League of Women Voters debate on Dec. 2.
Walter Moore, a business attorney from Playa Del Rey, is one of the 20 declared candidates in the March 8 election, who claims to be the only Republican running in the nonpartisan race.
Moore has his supporters flooding the League of Women Voters, various talk radio and media outlets to take up his cause to join the five leading candidates.
The league will be hard pressed to include him, however, and exclude any of the other lesser knowns, including such perpetual candidates as Addie Mae Miller and Martin Luther King Aubrey Jr.
For Moore, it means he will somehow have to prove his candidacy is more than just an announcement and an Internet fancy.
Since we know that Rick reads the Sister City, lets talk directly to him. Rick, you do have a good point that including Walter gives Miller, Aubrey, etc. fodder to be asked to be included. But they are already asking to be included. So inviting Walter in doesn't change that.
My view is that even though Walter likely doesn't have a chance in hell, he has merited enough media attention in your column and on local radio that he should be included. Just this morning he was once again featured on Doug McIntyre's program on KABC Radio. This is a significant program that also featured today Sam Donaldson and Janice Hahn, amongst others.
Let Walter debate. What does it hurt? What does it cost? If anything Walter's candidacy could encourage more interest in the campaign overall.
Though we know that Mayor Hahn and the others are definitely hoping for low voter interest and turnout.