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Sunday, April 19, 2009

The Last Word on Walter Moore

Well, it looks like we won't have Walter Moore to kick around anymore. This word comes straight from his own blog, where he says he won't run for public office again. This is disappointing behavior from Walter. I had always viewed Walter Moore as being slightly "Nixon-like" to begin with... angry, bitter, paranoid, thin-skinned... but this just completes the picture for me. Walter is now officially going to "take his ball and go home."

It is a stunning turnaround for a man who had accomplished quite a bit with very limited resources.
Moore spent less than $300K on his campaign, a very meager sum for such an important election. His total was less than 10% of what rival Antonio Villaraigosa raised and spent on his campaign. Yet Walter Moore did perform reasonably well in the election, getting over 72,000 voters to support him and finishing in second place in the election. However, as Josh Brolin (as the title character in the movie "W") reminds us, that, in an election, "First is first and second is nothin'!"

Walter Moore and I have always had a very prickly relationship from the start. Before I even filed my papers, I contacted Walter and told him I was considering running for Mayor. I told him that I was aware of who he was from his repeated appearances on Conservative talk radio stations. I admitted that he was the candidate most likely to earn a runoff with Villaraigosa, and as such, probably had the best chance of defeating him. I explained to Walter that I was running in order to build myself a name for future success and that I realistically didn't expect to do well in the election, having very little money and no name recognition. Walter suggested that I run for City Council instead. I rejected that idea. However, I did tell Walter that if he was the one to earn a runoff with Villaraigosa, that I would support him and work for his campaign and even donate money. (I have emails to prove this conversation if anyone wishes to question my truthfulness). I meant this when I said it, but later on in the campaign, as I saw more and more of what Walter was really like as a person, I started to have less and less faith in him as a person and as a viable candidate.

I emailed Walter to congratulate him on drawing a low number in the City Clerks ballot draw, which meant that his name would be one of the first ones on the ballot. Later on, I emailed him again to suggest that we talk to all the opponents to Villaraigosa in the Mayors race and "get on the same page". I wanted to suggest that maybe we could agree to concentrate and focus our criticisms only on Villaraigosa and not on each other. I was completely stunned by Walters response. He emailed me and said "please stop emailing me" and added, "we are not on the same team". I was so blown away by his response that I showed it to Zuma Dogg and to Michael Higby, who can back up my statement on this. If Walter could act this way towards a person who, if defeated in the primary, was willing to support him, how in the world was he going to conduct himself in a professional manner and win over voters who didn't initially support him at all?

If Walter had agreed to discuss this subject with me, I never would have said a negative word about him... not now, not ever. A true leader understands the concept of team building. A leader also understands the concept that you sometimes win when someone else wins. In politics, it is not always only about you. In politics, you are often forced to work with others who don't agree with you. With Walter, that clearly wasn't the case. This was just one of many troubling signs about him in this recent campaign. As an elementary school teacher might put it.."Walter does not play well with others."

Walter whined loudly and repeatedly in public during the campaign about Villaraigosas refusal to debate him. He even went so far as to make a commercial showing a chicken clucking, in reference to Villaraigosas cold-shoulder attitude and refusal to have any contact or debates with him. Walter didn't like being shunned and ignored, yet it was perfectly acceptable for him to do the exact same thing to others, as evidenced by his behavior towards me and towards Zuma Dogg when Zuma was involved in a personality dispute with Craig Rubin, and both Walter and Craig threatened to boycott a Hollywood event if Zuma Dogg showed up. This, to me, showed me that Walter Moore is a hypocrite and the very epitome of a liberal: he believes that there is one set of rules for him, and a very different set of rules for everybody else. I, on the other hand, always fought for the inclusion of all candidates on the ballot to appear at all forums. I even fought for Socialist Carlos Alvarez to be included, a man whose politics I really couldn't stand.

Although I agree with Walter Moore on many political philosophies, including taking a hard stance against illegal immigration, I think the way Walter approached some very complicated and emotional subjects like this wasn't a positive thing for his campaign. He seemed to have a sneering, condescending attitude towards Spanish speakers. Videos like this only helped critics paint him as a racist and a fearmonger. Even if Walter had earned a runoff with Villaraigosa, Moores own statements on YouTube would have been used as ammunition by Villaraigosas campaign to portray Moore as an unstable nutjob who was completely unsuited to be Mayor.

Walter Moore was a flawed candidate in many ways. I think he bungled the whole "Jamiels Law" issue, and with a little more attention to detail, it might have been on the ballot, and that resulting publicity might have put him over the top in earning a runoff in the primary election. I think Moore also bungled his campaign spending by focusing too much on Conservative talk radio ads. Those listeners weren't voting for Villaraigosa, anyway. He should have concentrated more on direct-mailing and phone banking activities with the funds he had.

For all my criticisms of Moore, this is not to say he didn't have some positives. I honestly think that he is worried about the future of the city. He has courage and he believed in himself enough to run for Mayor a second time, even though he didn't do well the first time around. I think he would have been a better option as Mayor than Villaraigosa because Moore hates government overspending. I think he also would have taken action to limit or control the illegal immigration problem. Villaraigosa, on the other hand, watches the city burn and laughs about it.

Walter Moore could probably have a future in Los Angeles politics if he really wanted. I think if he moved into a different district, he has enough name recognition that he could crush one of the current City Councilmembers in an upcoming election. Or he could wait and run for City Attorney in a few years. Or...as I predict...he could wait until Antonio Villaraigosa quits the job when he wins the Democratic Primary for Governor in 2010. Who knows? If he doesn't move to France, maybe Walter Moore actually could end up being Mayor of Los Angeles. Or not. Right now he is looking very Nixon-like. A mercurial, thin-skinned quitter.

But, who knows? History is a funny thing. Richard Nixon angrily quit politics forever after losing the election for Governor of California in 1962. In 1968, he was elected President of The United States. In 1972 he won re-election in one of the biggest landslides ever, winning 49 of 50 states.




24 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Oh god.

April 19, 2009 3:35 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"Angry, bitter, paranoid and thin- skinned" also describes Moore's City Atty running mate and MS commenter, Trutanich Twin David Berger/ Rumpole. Who's happy to admit he and Trutanich see eye to eye and vice versa since Trutanich touts Berger's endorsement -- that should give pause to anyone in the middle of the road. Birds of a feather and all in this case, where views matter.

April 19, 2009 3:44 PM  

Blogger Rita Of Sunland/Wally Wharton said:

Now Phil, it's not like Walter made some bitter "Checkers speech" or something. (Except nowadays, wouldn't the dog's name have to be "Sudoku" or "Twister?") And I don't know Mr. Moore real well, but he can hardly be thin-skinned to even get involved in politics to the level he was to begin with. And I do dispute the popular notion that illegal immigration is "an EMOTIONAL issue." If that were so, every issue, by it's very defination of being any sort of human concern or experience , is an emotional issue. Like what if I declared: "Bankrobbing is an emotional issue!" No, it's a federal issue that law enforcement tackles locally, unlike illegal immigration....

April 19, 2009 4:58 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Dear Naive Phil:

Walter Moore never had the slighest chance to do well in the Mayor's race. He couldn't raise enough money, he had no followers, no grassroots organization, and he didn't have a message that appealed to voters.

He isn't picking up his ball and going home, as you wrote, because he doesn't have the ball. He's the geeky kid who would hang around the edges of the basketball court hoping to get picked. But he couldn't help either of the teams win, so he never got picked. That made him bitter.

It's interesting to hear you say know that you knew you didn't have a chance in the Mayor's race. Why weren't you honest with the voters during the campaign?

It didn't matter to anyone else in the race that you promised to endorse whomever got into the runoff. You couldn't deliver any votes, any money, or anything of value.

The votes that Walter got were from those who disliked Antonio. Even you admitted that you didn't know who he was.

And the reason that Walter spent so much time on conservative talk radio is because it was free and they invited him to speak. Direct mail and phone banking costs money and he didn't have it because he couldn't convince enough people to support him.

You've got a long ways just to understand how politics work. And an impossible ways to go before you could ever be a viable candidate.

April 19, 2009 5:02 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Uh, Phil?

I know you are fairly limited, with poor reading comprehension. But if you are figuring out only NOW that Walter is done with politics, I'd like to inform you that he came to this decision THE DAY AFTER THE ELECTION!

Good luck in trying to figure out what to do next in YOUR life while Walter continues a good lifestyle and career. Dum Dum

April 19, 2009 5:14 PM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

Phil - spot on.

Your experience with Walter is identical to mine. And after initially being dubious of Walter I changed my mind and was extraordinarily supportive of him for the longest time, until he no longer continued to earn that support.

Walter is as self-concerned and egotistical as Villaraigosa - but with one difference - Villaraigosa is at least half-way smart enough to listen to others and follow their advice.

Walter represented hope for a lot of people like the Shaws, like Rita of Sunland, and many, many other hard-working, decent, good people who feel a disconnect from their government. In my view Walter - unlike someone such as David Hernandez or Zuma Dogg or yourself, Phil (even Carlos Alvarez) - doesn't care about them.

Walter has some great ideas. Walter had potential. But he squandered thanks to his own overwhelming self-importance and arrogance.

A lot of people who otherwise voted for Villaraigosa COULD have voted for Walter had he not done many of the things you detail, Phil.

Excellent post.

In the words of Valley Doll, "EPIC FAIL."

April 19, 2009 6:41 PM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

Soduku or Twister. That's funny Rita.

April 19, 2009 6:41 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Shows you how dim Higby is. He quotes Valley Dip.

As for Phil, it looks like he's burning all future bridges before anybody has ever heard of him.

April 19, 2009 6:56 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

It's too bad that no one cares if "the last word on Phil Gendergone" is written.

You'd have to be known first.

April 19, 2009 6:58 PM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

I'll give credit to Phil that he signs his names to his criticism of Walter.

April 19, 2009 7:06 PM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

Yes that means what you think it does.

April 19, 2009 7:07 PM  

Blogger Rumpole said:

Hey "anonymous" 3:44, thank you for not having the guts to say who you are and what you stand for.

You share that attribute with your hero - it's clear that you're a Weiss supporter. It follows that any logic or multi-syllabic words in this post appear more for the benefit of informed readers who know Jack Weiss to be a sleazy, pay-to-play, legal lightweight career politician with an absentee record that makes school truants look like Rhodes Scholars.

Weiss received a true drubbing from Trutanich yesterday. It's a debate that Weiss must wish he had missed, just like the vast majority of those he missed in the primary.

Weiss is having problems with his fundraising and even the Mayor has distanced himself a little from Weiss. Weiss is behaving like the looser he will become on May 19, resorting to poorly fact-checked rhetoric and flat out lies to try to stir up anti-Trutanich feelings. Sure, the Mayor will turn up for Weiss's Rick Caruso fundraiser, but everyone knows the Weiss campaign is looking increasingly like the Titanic setting sail on its maiden voyage.

The Weiss campaign seems to find it unfathomable that one candidate should honestly express approval of another. Phil, who started this thread with regard to Walter Moore, was able to acknowledge his respect for Walter Moore. Most mayoral candidates acknowledged that Walter was he man most likely to give the Mayor a run for his money, and he came within 5% of doing just that. It's honesty and integrity that the Weiss campaign cannot stand, so Anonymous 3:44's post condemns that fact - that one candidate genuinely endorses another without some back-room deal being done.

What Walter did do for all of us was to inspire independents to run for office. Look at how much humble me has rattled the Weiss camp? I had $16k compared to Weiss's $17M, and who do the Weiss bloggers attack? They hate independents because we can out them and their play-pretend achievements. Now if we had more money, we'd be on a more level playing field, but money factor is not quite so much the panacea for corrupt morally bankrupt career politicians that is used to be. Blogs like MS make it possible for us to get the word out, and it's a trend that has the 'business as usual' crowd worried. And they should be worried.

As for Walter's decision to say 'never again,' it's entirely his decision to make, and while I would love it if he were to run again, but I can understand him not wanting to put the effort in for another run. If Walter leaves for the South of France we'll all be the poorer for it, but at least we've had the benefit of seeing how effective a grass roots campaign can be, and perhaps another candidate will run using all the advice and critique that has been posted here.

So who's up to the challenge?

Oh, and just to rattle the Weiss camp's cage, I've re-posted my campaign website to include my 10 top reasons to to vote for Weiss.

What I find somewhat bizarre is that Noel Weiss, who said he would endorse and support whoever won a place in the run-off against Jack Weiss, has endorsed Jack. Even more bizarre is that Noel's website still displays the www.knowjackweiss.com's 10 reasons not to vote for Jack. Some endorsement!

April 19, 2009 9:20 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Higby, even if you decide to not publish my comment about the shit that you and I both know that you post anonymously, there's more than a few people out here who know you do this. You fool nobody, that way. Let's not even get into things you've emailed some of us about women who are familiar names to those of us who read the blog.

April 19, 2009 9:22 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Michael,

Chicken blogger at 9:22.

April 19, 2009 10:22 PM  

Anonymous Lucy Lopez said:

Roderick clowned by Walter Moore animal wacko Marry:

http://www.laobserved.com/archive/2009/04/video_baby_opossum.php

April 19, 2009 10:32 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mary Cummins clowned The Westside White Guy Kevin Roderick.

Kevin, get off your lazy ass and work hard for your blog like Michael does. Hahahahaha

April 19, 2009 11:02 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

NO BODY CARES!

April 20, 2009 9:09 AM  

Anonymous The Ugly American said:

Oh please...this post is such bullshit.

During several of his rallies, I remember Walter saying point blank that this was going to be his last run for political office.

All of this supporters knew this.

So when should we expect a retraction post, Phil?

April 20, 2009 10:45 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

You now have gadgnat candidate Phil Jenderjob joining zuma dogg posting long personal posts no one cares about.

Who's next, where's Carlos Taco Truck Alvarez? It would give these two clowns another chance to post their stuffing tacos just to prove ... something I don't know what. What about the pot priest? I'm sure

April 20, 2009 11:49 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Roderick gave the public the wrong idea that Mary is licensed to handle coyote. It was more than stupid. It was a dangerous irresponsible mistake and he should print a retraction.

April 20, 2009 12:37 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

to all of your Judy Chu supporter, DID YOU KNOW IN HER YOUNGER DATE SHE WAS WITH THE COMMUNIST PARTY WOKRER VIEWPOINT? SHE WAS VERY RADICAL ASK JERRY TUNG? IF NOT ASK JUDY YOURSELF!

April 20, 2009 1:51 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

OH SURE. I WILL GET RIGHT ON THAT JUDY CHU INFO. THANK GOD FOR PEOPLE LIKE YOU TO HELP US OUT WITH THOSE TYPES OF UNFOUNDED RUMORS!!!!!!!!

- IN CD 8

April 20, 2009 6:33 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

This is stupid and immature. Move ON. You look like an immature moron who doesn't get it and is a sore loser. Stop wasting time bashing Walter and talk about more important issues. You sound like a crybaby girl.

April 21, 2009 7:04 AM  

Anonymous g said:

THERE'S A LOT OF TRUTH IN WHAT PHIL SAID ABOUT WALTER MOORE. SADLY HE'S GOT A EMOTIONAL PROBLEM. HE CAN'T HANDLE CRITISM OR TAKE ADVISE FROM OTHERS. IT HURT "JAMIEL'S LAW" AND HIS CAMPAIGN. HE MAY BE A SUCESSFUL ATTORNEY BUT HIS CHARACTER IS FLAWED, TOO BAD BECAUSE TONY V. HAS A "BUSH COMPLEX" HE KNOWS BETTER THAN US WHAT WE NEED. WHEN THINGS DON'T WORK OUT HE TRIES TO WIN YOU BACK BY SHIFTING THE BLAME ELSEWHERE AND ALWAYS THE CHARMER.

April 28, 2009 6:21 PM  

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