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Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Is the Race for CD 10 Still Happening?

LudlowSo, 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.


Anonymous Anonymous said:

anybody know why Charles Lester resigned?

June 21, 2005 10:09 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Yes. I heard he was a nut!!

June 21, 2005 10:16 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Sounds like racism on the part of some of these unions. Some Latinos can't stomach the idea of a black man leading them.

June 21, 2005 10:18 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I doubt it's racism. The Fed skirted the process to try to get Ludlow in.

June 21, 2005 10:27 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

not racism. martin is also black. more like homophobia.

June 21, 2005 11:21 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Racism? It is nothing more than a power struggle. AFSCME has always been SEIU's rival - the union that Ludlow worked for. And like it or not, Miguel wasn't that popular with some of the large unions - AFSCME, the Carpenters, the Laborers. Plus you got the UFCW head running around parading Ludlow, this on the heels of the disastrous supermarket strike and with the UFCW threatening to pull out of the AFL/CIO, not a very smart politicking. Plus, Martin has never been a member of a union.

Rank and file doesn't like to be dictated to, remember how Contreras got his position, the white guy before him wanted a little Mexican YES man and then he died of testicular cancer. Miguel never really earned his position, Martin hasn't either. And yes, Martin is a likable guy, but Tony and he won't be able to stave off the rank and file backlash. It is their dues after all.

June 21, 2005 12:00 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What can Ludlow do if he can't lobby for a year? I think this backfired on him. Ludlow didn't get the votes last night and now another election will be held on July 18th. He has two other guys running against him.

June 21, 2005 1:18 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Tony will name Ludlow as a Deputy Mayor or even squeeze out Robin just to save face.

June 21, 2005 1:39 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Ludlow is gay?

June 21, 2005 5:36 PM  

Anonymous MEAV said:

My little brother's no queer! Why, this guy's got more seeds than you can shake a watermelon at.

Lil' Bro will get the nod easily. Union leaders are solidly behind him, those AFSCME scabs be hattin'!

It ain't racism either. Everyone luvs Lil' Bro. The spanish media stands behind him.

June 21, 2005 8:00 PM  

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