Is the Race for CD 10 Still Happening?
So, I posted over the weekend that our dear Councilman Ludlow found himself in a pickle over lobbying restrictions if he replaces Miguel Contreras over at the County Fed. Yesterday I posted about Wesson, who is readying his press conference outside of City Hall as I draft this post running to replace Ludlow. Then I read the Daily News and this AP story. WOW!
Turns out their may not be a race after all, or will there. Quoting Rick Orlov:
City Councilman Martin Ludlow's bid to head the Los County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, ran into trouble late Monday when union delegates nominated two more candidates to challenge him for the leadership post.
During a union meeting in Hollywood, the delegates nominated Ivan C. Chavez, vice president for political action with the American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees, AFSCME local 2626; and Kevin M. Norte, treasurer of AFSCME local 910, as candidates, said union spokeswoman Hilda Delgado.
As a result, an election will be held July 18 to choose the new leader of one of the nation's most powerful county labor forces, with more than 800,000 members. Ludlow will take over as interim secretary-treasurer July 1 until the election.
Ludlow is expected to still resign his city council seat and become interim director in the meantime. However, this is politics, and if the chips aren't in place, Ludlow is more than adept enough to return to his council post, leaving Wesson running for a seat that is still occupied.
Want more drama? What about that little investigation regarding Ludlow's dealings on the MTA? It is quite possible that Ludlow could resign his council seat, not be elected County fed leader, face an investigation and be left out on the street. Far fetched? Maybe not.
I personally like Ludlow, so I hope for his sake that the move to the County Fed is just delayed. As for those lawyers I refered to on Sunday, they may just be making a little more money.