It takes a lot to be named Ass Clown of the week, but we definitely found a winner. It's one thing to make a mistake
. It's another to get caught and suffer the consequences
. But to defend the act takes a special breed...From the NortheastLA Yahoo Group:
Eliot Sekuler wrote: I bolded a few of my favorite passages above... To the "anonymous" posters mentioned above, I join you in offering Mr. Sekuler the "Ass Clown of the Week" Award for his tireless defense of the indefensible. When will they learn...
Steve Hymon's article "City Panel Nominee Is Under Fire for E-Mail" (8/24/05) played into the hands of the worst elements of Los Angeles local politics and damaged the causes of open space preservation and exclusionary zoning for affordable housing in Northeast Los Angeles, causes for which Tony Scudellari has long stood as an effective and tireless standard-bearer.
Mr. Scudellari, who's been widely and rightfully recognized for his community service and who's been active in the recent campaigns of John Kerry, Antonio Villaraigosa and, more recently, CD 14 candidate Jose Huizar, was guilty of nothing other than carelessness in trusting some private observations to a glibly-worded private email that was sent to eight people (seven friends and, presumably, one other person).
The email, which contained an offhanded joke about a person of his own Italian ethnicity, fell into the hands of Robert Urteaga and Michael Gatto, campaign manager and former campaign manager, respectively, of Huizar's opponent, Nick Pacheco, who pounced on the opportunity to damage Scudellari's credibility and by extension, that of Pacheco's front-running opponent by leveraging private correspondence into an L.A. Times story.
Political blog-sites and Northeast L.A. bulletin boards have since been abuzz with gloating messages from greedy land developers and Pacheco supporters, who see Scudellari's plight as an opportunity to press their agenda. The messages include missives from "anonymous" posters who hide behind ineffective pseudonyms to make truly scurrilous and absurd distortions of the facts of this tempest in a teapot.
It's unfortunate that the Times, perhaps unwittingly, has played a role in--temporarily-- muffling Mr.Scudellari's progressive voice in Northeast L.A. issues.