Once again, a reader writes:
Go to Chris' endorsement page (www.essel09.com/endorsements) and by the numbers, I'll comment:
#1 is the L.A. Times. The Times could care less about the Valley and CD2. They are all downtown; please endorse Chris again because we in CD2 hate the times.
#2 is Wendy. Wendy now is very concerned about what all of L.A. thinks of her so she is in damage control mode right now. The endorsement's value is waning.
#3 is Riordan. He does help her with the older, wealthier and more conservative voters.
#4 through 15 are a bunch of elected officials having nothing to do with CD2. I like Tom LaBonge because he such a BS’er and great speaker but otherwise, he’s “empty.” Some of these endorsers are offensive to CD2 as they imply that, “we know what’s good for you but would never set foot in your district.”
#16 is my favorite. Dario Frommer did absolutely nothing for CD2 when he was the Assemblyman and we were so glad to see him leave. So you have to wonder why Chris asked for his endorsement. She knows little about CD2.
#17 is a good conservative endorsement but it’s not Zev; our guy that covers CD2.
#18 though 20 mean nothing.
#21 Ed Begley; he’s all over the place. He supported Hayden but he’s gone a little more conservative. One might think Chris gets the Green Vote but I don’t think Ed has enough gravitas.
#22 through 31 are nice endorsements to have. Again, nice endorsements to have but they’re not “top-ten” material. The Chamber is a good one for the business and perhaps conservative voter.
#32 is my favorite. Ken’s a Sherman Oaks guy who made a failed run for Council many years ago. He stumbled over the fact that he got donations from a porn outfit. He was on the Board of the Greater Valley Glen Council (GVGC) and people did not like him. He actually supported a developer who wanted to build a condo building on a quiet street of houses in Valley Glen. He resigned as he got more involved with Sherman Oaks NC. So he’s got pluses and minuses. He’s OK for Sherman Oaks and a somewhat negative galvanizer for North Hollywood and Valley Glen. I do respect Ken for his support of the LAPD.
#33 to 39 are sort of uneventful. However, Terry Anderson is the current President of GVGC. He has provided much valuable help to Chris and I strongly encourage Chris to listen to this guy. He is Chris’ main and only NC link to Valley Glen. Tony Lucente is good for Studio City power types but he is not liked in other areas of CD2 because of his work on BONC. In fact, he allegedly violated the Brown Act several times in certifying NCs when there were dispute issues. He’s a smart guy though. Besides, when has anybody been convicted of a Brown Act violation.
#40 is Art’s Deli. I have boycotted this place. Art was supporting Tamar early in the race and suddenly switched: I do not know why.
I know I’m a little biased but my observations are the following:
1) Notice how the bottom four candidates that endorsed Chris are not at the top of her list. Chris, you are right, they are not worth bragging about….and where is Zuma Dogg anyhow?
2) To me, Riordan is a great endorsement if only he would move his tired old ass (rather than his money connections) and get out there and pound pavement.
3) Wendy’s endorsement now is everything about Wendy doing damage control. She is a careful lady and she is really thinking hard about what to do. She will definitely continue to back Chris but how?
So what does Chris do now? Whether it’s Shallman or someone else, they will advise her to use her cash to send out lots of mailers bashing Paul. The mailers look beautiful. They are glossy and look slick and expensive. Essel has no choice but to play this through in hopes that when a downtown or Hollywood district opens up, she’s got the experience under her belt to try again.
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