Only Tony Villar can close down the border.
It was once said that “Only Nixon can go to China,” a reference to my old friend Dick Nixon – as a conservative Republican President with strong anti-communist credentials – as being the one who could open up diplomatic relations with the Communist Chinese with credibility.
Perhaps, its only Tony Villar who can make LA a more business friendly city, break the grip of unions and seriously address the issues of illegal immigration.
Now to be sure, David Hernandez, Hal Netkin, Al Rantel, Doug McIntyre and other leaders of the right wing flank – saddened by the loss of unlikely hero Wacko Walter Moore – have attached their wagon to a one James Kenneth Hahn. But their payoff is going to be minimal, if nil.
If James Hahn were to pull off some kind of miracle and actually win re-election, it would only be minimally traced to the rignt wing nut crowd. Remember, James Hahn is getting his money and muscle from the labor unions that have endorsed him – in one of the biggest (and perhaps dumbest) rolls of the dice in LA politics. If Jimmy survives, he owes more than a pound of flesh to Miguel Contreras and Julie Butcher who don’t have one thing in common with Hernandez, Netkin, et al. The wing nuts might get a thank you card and a photo of them on the third floor with the Mayor, but that’s about it. Jimmy Hahn is going to have to deliver the goods big time to his left wing supporters and if the wing nuts think we’re socialist now, watch out! Yes, Jimmy probably has them fooled.
Tony Villar on the other hand lost union support this time around, despite his strong labor credentials. Upon election, he won’t owe them anything. Whereas an old, stuffy, wannabe Republican, white guy Mayor such as Jim Hahn would get killed trying to cut back the unions, reform business taxes and regulations and even scaling back Special Order 40, Tony Villar has the street cred to get away with these things.