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Friday, October 30, 2009

Galatzan Endorses Krekorian; Essel Starts a Cat Fight

The Not Ready for Prime Time Players at the Chris Essel campaign do it again. After writing her wrong home address on Frank Sheftel's petition, not knowing the schools in her District and most amazingly, palling around with holocaust deniers, Essel and her team have pulled a really big boner.

They have issued a pre-emptive press release with a vindictive attack on Galatzan that just isn't seen, even in the rotten old world of Los Angeles Politics. In the John Shallman (Essel's consultant) crafted piece, the Essel campaign accuse Galatzan of not wanting to discuss LAUSD reform and offered the following:

“Christine Essel never asked for Tamar Galatzan’s endorsement. Instead, she asked her to think about supporting a plan to break up the largest and most dysfunctional school district in America,” Essel spokesman John Shallman said. “Unfortunately, Tamar wouldn’t even consider it. Now she’s trying to protect the bloated LAUSD bureaucracy by issuing a political endorsement of a fellow professional politician who opposes district reform."

Galatzan's support for Krekorian will not doubt cement his support amongst community leaders actually in the District leaving only developers, Downtown interests, Hollywood studios and a few disgruntled folks in Camp Essel. Expect a cascade of new support for Krekorian to be announced next week.

Anyone want to stick a fork in the Essel campaign? It's done.

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

Let's see:

Tamar's votes (2,128) >>>>> the votes of the 4 who endorsed Essel (1499)

Wonder how Phil spins that.

October 30, 2009 5:17 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

It's sour grapes Galatzan. She's worked out a deal with Krekorian for his support at another run when he leaves for the senate seat. Back room politics at it's worst.

October 30, 2009 5:18 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Essel wouldn't last 5 seconds in a real catfight. The second she broke a fingernail, she'd drop out.

October 30, 2009 5:20 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

This is huge for Paul! I agree, MS, you are going to see all the neighborhood groups endorsing Paul over the next few weeks.

Phil must be changing his underwear at this very moment.

October 30, 2009 5:23 PM  

Blogger Phil Jennerjahn said:

This makes it more difficult for Christine Essel... that is true.

But not impossible. She just needs to raise more money and get more of the non-participants to get out to vote.

This choice doesn't surprise me. Tamar is an ambitious girl and crossing her party here would have been a bad career move for her long-term political prospects.

October 30, 2009 5:23 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Krekorian wanted to release the endorsement Monday. So, actually it was a brilliant move by the Essel campaign to force Krekorian to release her endorsement at THE worst possible time for coverage: Friday night. The same night Newsom drops out and sucks up all the media attention.

October 30, 2009 5:24 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Democratic Party's own Eric Bauman cut the deal: Krekorian for City Attorney in 2013. Tamar runs for CD 2 in yet another special election with Party and Krekorian's endorsement should Paul win. Look for big money from the Party for PK to make this happen.

October 30, 2009 5:26 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Couldn't be worse news for Paul. Tamar's endorsement is the kiss of death. Now he's tagged with Sacramento AND LAUSD.

October 30, 2009 5:28 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Played right into Shallman's hands.

October 30, 2009 5:31 PM  

Blogger Red Spot in CD 14 said:

So who is the Mayor's candidate??

October 30, 2009 5:39 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

DID you just hear that....

it was the sound of sound of a coffin closing....

No not a Halloween decoration but of the Edsel Campaign.

Oh did you hear that... its Shallman's new German car, paid for by the downtown contributers of the Edsel Campaign. As a prize for making her lose this race. Shallman is pushing Edsel to fundraise just so he can get paid well but is not having her campaign because he knows she lost. Any phony Polling yet to get her to think she is on the right track?

The only way Edsel can fight off the grim reaper is to pick up the support of Mary Benson. (Edsel camp has been barging that she will be picking up in the weeks to come).

I supported Tamar in Sep. and was unsure who to vote for in Dec. but now that Edsel is attacking Tamar someone that is not in the race, I will not only vote for Krekorian but will give him money to make sure that the

Stupid Wicked Witch of the Westside will not win! and sell our valley to the Downtown Vampires.

PS Edsel TAMAR IS NOT IN THE RACE!!! Don't let Shallmen trick you into hitting her, unless you are doing the dirty work for your boy Antonio!

Studio City Voter

October 30, 2009 5:44 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The Mayor wants another Sacramento pal to join the others:


October 30, 2009 5:45 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Are they fucking stupid to release an important endorsement on a Friday night? They have no money to tell anyone about Tamar's support. They needed press coverage.


October 30, 2009 5:48 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

A tree fell just fell in the forest with no one around. Did it make a sound? Not on a Friday night.

October 30, 2009 5:51 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Krekorian is the Mayors lap dog. But it's gonna take alot of Felipes money to help Paul this time around. What will he thank him for this time....hmmm. His good hair?

October 30, 2009 5:52 PM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

You guys spinning about a Friday night endorsement are living in 1998.

Doesn't matter now.

The people who need to know this are reading this here now.

Channel 4 is not going to cover Tamar's endorsement.

The Times will but it doesn't matter.

Where it matters is 1) here - first and for the insiders 2) as the NC types start to here it via this, other blogs and the SLAP-happy email network and 3) when Krekorian puts it in mailers, in phone calls, mentions it at Forums, etc.

And Essel's stupid release also is already to those who need to see it.

Welcome to 2009. Regular media cycles no longer matter.

October 30, 2009 5:56 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

all you morons harping about it being released on a friday night are stupid. this is a council race, at best the LA TImes and Dailynews will do a blog post on the endorsement. releasing it on a friday night doesn't make a damn difference, its just that simple.

try all you want to diminish this endorsement, its a big deal and the krekorian folks are going to let every single tamar voter know who she is supporting.

October 30, 2009 5:56 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

5:44 is Brendan and Tamar

Shallman is about as far away from being Antonio's boy as anyone on the planet. Just ask Jack Weiss.

-Mr. Allen

October 30, 2009 5:56 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

$67,000 worth of mailers. That's all the money Paul raised. Good luck on that along with the 19 people reading the blogs tonight.

October 30, 2009 5:59 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The word is spreading like wildfire in Sunland-Tujunga.

October 30, 2009 5:59 PM  

Blogger Red Spot in CD 14 said:

News dump Friday at City Hall.

1. Judge throws out Rocktard's billboard agrreement.

2. City Council approves early retirement agreement.

3. City Council gives pay raises to Boss D'Arcy's DWP employees.

Tamar endorses Krekorian??

October 30, 2009 6:03 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

5:56 must be a rocket scientist. How does Paul identify who a Tamar voter is? Do you really think those people even know who they are? Do you think they wear Tamar buttons as they walk down the street.

Guess what? They will have to mail it to everyone and hope some of Tamar's people (probably just her family) will actually get so excited they vote.

You're dreaming.

This endorsement smells like a backroom deal and will only serve to hurt PK.

October 30, 2009 6:04 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

You can read Chris Essel's full statement at the cd2election.blogspot.com

October 30, 2009 6:12 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

It easy to see that it's the E$$el people trying to put a possitive spin on this news. Won't work boys and girls. This is an important endorsement for Paul. Wait for the other shoe(s)to drop. Say goodnight, Gracie.

October 30, 2009 6:16 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Very sexist of you, Higby, to call this a "cat" fight.

I prefer to think of it as a bitches brawl.

But seriously, did you post the part of the message about Essel accusing Galatzan of trying to "protect the bloated LAUSD bureaucracy" as tongue in cheek?

You know that's true. Why would anyone running for City Council and trying to appear to be some kind of breath of fresh air want any LAUSD board member's endorsement? LAUSD was dying of clogged arteries and failing on every front long before City and state budgets started falling apart.

The only difference now is they have something (new) to blame their inability to educate on.

October 30, 2009 6:23 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

So its time to do some math with the election:

Krekorian 34%
Tamar 12%
Total Paul 46%

Essel 28%
Essavi 2%
Total Chris 37%

so as it stands now 46% of the people that went to the polls voted for someone supporting Paul and only 37% of the people that voted cast the ballots for someone supporting Essel.

So Paul goes from a 7 point lead to a 10 point lead.

i would bet on a 10 point lead over more $.

October 30, 2009 6:25 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Maybe you didn't print the most "vindictive" parts, but otherwise your hype is way out of line here. L.A.'s seen much, much, much worse hate mail and mudslinging between candidates, and in much more public ways.

Where have you been the last decade? Anyone got a used COKE SPOON?

October 30, 2009 6:27 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

6:25's assumptions are silly. Lots of Tamar and Mary voters will vote for a woman again, regardless of who sends out friday night endorsement press releases.

October 30, 2009 6:30 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Anyone else notice that the people in power raping and robbing this city--Antonio's people--constantly promote themselves as "reformers"? Dirty lying bastards from the top down. Just say NO to Christine Essel! If these fuckers are the reformers give me business as usual.

October 30, 2009 6:39 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Rumor is that Sunland-Tujunga activists that endorsed Tamar will endorse Paul soon.

October 30, 2009 6:43 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Shallman's stupidity handed this endorsement to Paul. He had no reason to attack a women who could never finish in the top two, given her lack of money and LAUSD connections.

Paul sit back and did nothing as that idiot Shallman marched Tamar straight into his camp.

Tamar has a lot of hardcore supporters who will be marshalled into Paul's camp.

Shallman= Stupid idiot

October 30, 2009 6:45 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

This is huge, Sherman Oaks just got handed to Krekorian.

Paul gets Benson and this race is over.

October 30, 2009 6:57 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Apparentlly a host of ST leaders are coming out for Paul next week.

It looks like while Essel was going for dollars, she has been taken to the cleaners by Krekorian with the folks in CD2.

October 30, 2009 6:59 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"Democratic Party's own Eric Bauman cut the deal: Krekorian for City Attorney in 2013. Tamar runs for CD 2 in yet another special election with Party and Krekorian's endorsement should Paul win. Look for big money from the Party for PK to make this happen."

Essel staffer

Paul is not running against Nuch, infact all of Nuch's people are backing Paul in CD2.

So please keep your lies to yourself.

October 30, 2009 7:01 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Exactly right, the Krekorian cannary just ate the Essel mouse.

Game over.

October 30, 2009 7:02 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Handed to the devil Hacopian.

He has played this masterully.

October 30, 2009 7:03 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Essel will get Benson and that will put her over the top

October 30, 2009 7:06 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

what the heck is essel talking about?

1. call her out and ask that she publish this “school reform” plan.

2. lausd is made up of 26 cities; la city council does not carry end-all, be-all influence. if she wants to restructure the district, she should seek office at the school board or state legislature. it's not going to happen at the city level- just ask the mayor re: AB 1381.

3. “breaking up the district?” she’s trying to appeal to valley secession advocates. tell her to talk to Cameron Smyth’s office about his recent, failed bill that tried to break up the district. bottom line, she’s saying nothing new.

4. ask her to talk about current reform measures at the district. she couldn’t name a school in her district, much less would she be able to describe the latest decentralization effort… but yet she’s offended she can’t impart her “miracle pill” of a plan.

October 30, 2009 7:23 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

6:45 = Jack Weiss

October 30, 2009 7:26 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Spin Spin spin. No one who was planning to vote for Essel is going to change their vote because of Tamar Galatzan.

It's just one political opportunist supporting another.


They all support each other because political oportunism is all they understand.

Has anyone checked out the fund raising figures?

Essel is kicking Kerkorians' butt.
If the past races have taught us anything it's money talks, bullshit walks......

October 30, 2009 7:27 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

HOLY $%#@%$% !!!!!!

It is AMATEUR hour tonight.

When a sitting elected endorses someone, it is very very hard for that to swing any votes.

And you losers think that Sheftel can? Or Tamar Galatzan?

Do you think the also-ran candidates magically waive their wands and move their supporters into the column of another candidate?

No wonder all you Republicans los elected.


The Tamar voters are from two groups: women and Dems. The women go with Essel, the Dems with Krekorian.

That would have happened regardless of the endorsement.


October 30, 2009 7:28 PM  

Anonymous armen kickyourassian said:

Just some honest food for thought.

Why is it OK to question Essel for having a Turkish supporter, or for getting money from a developer, and yet

no one questions Paul for getting all Armenian money? I mean, look at his report. The names are like

Pftakak HurlCough Makfakian

Every one!

I'll tell you why. That is because you cannot question an Armenian. We are unstoppable. If you criticize us, we will accuse you of being racist. We will crucify you.

Paul will serve us well. Screw the rest of you. This is payback.

October 30, 2009 7:31 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Enough of these tired political stunts! People are smart enough to see through this BS and you know what? Essel's campaign has been a joke from day one. Time to put an end to this spectacle and send her back over the hill.


October 30, 2009 8:05 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"This makes it more difficult for Christine Essel... that is true."


What will you say when Benson and other ST leaders endorses Paul Krekorian?

October 30, 2009 8:08 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Don't see how Essel can win this now.

No dog in this fight but whatever shot she had is starting to fade.

Kerkorian's political team is far too savvy to piss away its advantages.

October 30, 2009 8:09 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


According to Wendy's people Benson is in the bag for Essel.

She will endorse her early next week. Shallman has been talking about it for weeks.

October 30, 2009 8:14 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Essel is done for.

Attacking Tamar was the dumbest move they could have made.

They would probably had Tamar's endorsement if they had not beaten her up.

Shallman pissed this away.

October 30, 2009 8:31 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I've told you before the Mayor is on Essels side NOT on Krekorians side. Everyone at CCA and City Hall knows it. It is not that big a secret downtown. AV is pissed at Shallman but not enough to let that stand in the way of helping Essel behind the scenes all the way. He loves the entertainment industry and she is part of that establishment. He brings her lots of cash and that is what will pay for her to get the vote out and that is all that counts on election day.

October 30, 2009 8:33 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I agree the endorsement of Mary Benson is critical. But I don't think she goes with Essel. Essel will be there for 12 years and Mary is ambitious. Paul may run for something else much sooner and then Mary can run for CD 2 again and win this time.

October 30, 2009 8:35 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

This is big news.

Lots of voters and leaders where on the fence to see which way Tamar went.

The damn will break next week.

This is the whole community vs downtown Essel from this point on.

October 30, 2009 8:35 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I agree the endorsement of Mary Benson is critical. But I don't think she goes with Essel. Essel will be there for 12 years and Mary is ambitious. Paul may run for something else much sooner and then Mary can run for CD 2 again and win this time.

October 30, 2009 8:35 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Benson will not endorse either candidate. She is running again in the next CD2 election. It serves no purpose for her to endorse.

October 30, 2009 8:40 PM  

Anonymous nospinzone said:

Actually, this endorsement shows just how desperate Krekorian is.

Notice the timing of the release. Today, the headline was simple: Krekorian having a very hard time raising money, while Essel has gobs of cash.

Krekorian desperately needs to draw attention away from that, so he releases the endorsement of a candidate who his opponent hit like crazy in the primary.

DUH! Did anyone think Tamar would go with Essel?

Her votes, however, still might. Lots of women vote based on gender.

This is desperate spin for Krekorian, trying to divert the headlines. THAT's why they released this on a Friday. They had to.

October 30, 2009 8:49 PM  

Blogger Foxy LA Lady said:

Hollywood special interest dollars won't amount to much with voters whose issues are schools, children and family. As long as Hollywood finds the need to speak out against 13-year old rape victims, they will hardly track voters who care about the quality of life.

Just take a look at what Gore Vidal said today:


I for one would like to hear Essel's position on Vidal’s statement. I realize it's already a day late, but I guess that's how it goes. Who needs to make statements when there's plenty of money from the fat cats to slide across the finish line?

With all due respect, Kerkorian has done more “for Hollywood” with AB1319 than Essel could ever shake out of herself in a cold sweat after waking up from a nightmare.

October 30, 2009 9:09 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Listening to Kevin James...It is UNBELIEVABLE how much bullshit this Essel woman spews. She'd fit right in with the current corrupt council.

October 30, 2009 9:36 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Holy Crap!


October 30, 2009 10:01 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Essel is professional about one thing. Lying.

October 30, 2009 10:02 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Paul Claims that he has Benson

Essel just said "I have been BZ raising money and Paul has been in the community working for them"

Essel "I don't need their endorsements" referring to Benson and Tamar so she will not need Pete Sanchez ?

October 30, 2009 10:07 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

If Benson really endorses Paul then it is really all she wrote.

October 30, 2009 10:16 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Shallman is writing the hits on Mary Benson

October 30, 2009 10:32 PM  

Blogger Gary Aminoff said:

Galatzan's endorsement of Krekorian is big. Doesn't matter about Friday night. Everyone will know about it by Monday. Higby is right that those who are interested will find out right here. My take is that Mary Benson will come out for Krekorian within a couple of days. She will bring a substantial grass-roots following. Essel has the advantage with money, but some unions, if they think Krekorian has a good chance will start to fund his race offsetting Essel's advantage.

October 30, 2009 11:49 PM  

Blogger Gary Aminoff said:

6:25 didn't do the math right.

Krekorian 34%
Tamar 13%
Benson 8%
Total Paul 55%

Essel 28%
Essavi 2%
Total Chris 37%

October 30, 2009 11:53 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Arrogance gets everyone,sooner or later. The "Master Liar", otherwise known as J. Shallman, will fuck up Essel.

October 31, 2009 7:14 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Red Spot. Are you stupid? Essel has Villaraigosa written all over her, the writer being Jimmy Blackman. Look up her contributors. Ari Swiller. Hmm

October 31, 2009 7:18 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Okay we all know that Essel is the AV candidate, but he can't go against the Democrat Party so he'll not endorse.

The butchered grammar on this thread tonight slays me... It has to be the same person over and over. We can't have that many illiterate people in LA, can we?

Like someone said, "waive the wand" and someone else said, "the damn will break". This stuff is funnier than your lousy predictions.

November 02, 2009 12:23 AM  

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