The other night we reported that Jim Hahn had a really strong shot at the endorsement. I was wrong, according to various accounts and e-mails the Villaraigosa machine was in full throttle. Early reports tell us here at Sister City that the Villaraigosa campaign had one of the most sophisticated count systems in modern campaigning. Jim Hahn's camp set up laptops and had delegate whips at every corner making sure their votes were showing up. The Villaraigosa machine had counters watching the credential table, knowing first hand what their ultimate vote count would be well before Jim Hahn. They had an intricate hand signal system that told them minute by minute what was going on without seeming over confident. The Villaraigosa campaign was hoping and counting on one thing, that the Hahn campaign would over play their hand and have signs, posters and stickers all over the place trying to place fear and a perception of victory in the hearts of the reporters.
There were also Villaraigosa aides in attendance that know one recognized -- does anyone on the blog know who these aides were?
This was Hahn's major error, while the Villaraigosa campaign was unsure of the ultimate outcome they knew one thing, lower expectations. For whatever reason the Hahn campaign didn't, and with this major party abandonment which reporters did not see coming the endorsement story is even bigger for Villaraigosa.
What the Villaraigosa team knew is that City Hall beat reporters aren't surprised by anything anymore, so if they got this endorsement it could not be seen as an expected move, but a true surprise. Which for all intensive reasons was.
We are also hearing.
Many of the building trade leaders were pissed off mainly at the Hahn campaign for over playing their hand, these guys know they have signed on with a loser and the rats are jumping from the ship.
In other News.
Sen Alarcon endorsed Antonio and gave a passionate speech about why Antonio is the best man for Mayor.
Congressman Brad Sherman who stayed neutral 4 years ago, endorsed Antonio Villaraigosa.
Homeowner/Property owners association Presidents Gerald Silver and Bill Jasper endorsed Antonio Villaraigosa.
Retired councilman Hal Bernson endorsed Jim Hahn.
Antonio Villaraigosa - 8
Jim Hahn - 2
Curious George Wants to Know: While I understand that the Democratic Party has abandoned Jim Hahn, why has Bill Carrick and Kam Kuwata?
According to delegates in attendance, Antonio had Ace Smith and Parke Skelton observing the results.
Jim Hahn had (cricket noises) what is really unusual given that Kam and Bill attended every other Democratic Party Central committee meeting where Jim Hahn was up for an endorsement, months ago and 4 years ago.
If I am a reporter, I ask where in the world is Kam Kuwata? Maybe he has an easy out since he's never really been paid by the campaign.
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