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Saturday, December 05, 2009

Did Kevin James Flip-Flop on Chris Essel?

Many of us have been baffled at what drives folks to support Chris Essel.  We know what drives developers, special interests, the Mayor, City Attorney, City Controller and 90% of the City Council in backing Essel.  Otherwise though she has no natural constituency, no community who knows her and no warm and fuzziness about her that draws the folks like an Obama, Reagan, etc.

Even more curious is the support of those who were convinced she would be bad news for the Clowncil.  Case in point is our old radio friend Kevin James.  Just a few short months ago Phil Jennerjahn reported that James had no love lost for Essel and let her have it on an episode of his radio show:

A good portion of the show was dedicated to Kevins opinion that Chris Essel is a terrible candidate for Council District 2. "I wouldn't vote for her if she was the only name on the ballot!" he repeatedly exclaimed to listeners. James went on to unload on Essel...calling her a "carpetbagger" who doesn't even live in Council District 2. He described as "shady" her connections to the money that donors from AEG have poured into her campaign. (Yes... that AEG...of the Michael Jackson funeral fiasco.)

Essel, who James also called "the Queen Bee of runaway film production", was the only one to turn down the offer to appear on the radio show. James called it "giving the voters the middle finger salute".

"The level of arrogance truly amazes me" he said in disbelief.
James recently announced that if he lived in CD2 he would vote for Essel.  As a conservative Republican I can understand James' reluctance to vote for a Democrat such as Paul Krekorian (though Essel is also a liberal Democrat but the position is non-partisan).  However how that squares with his past remarks - which were right on - is baffling me.

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

Kevin James is a rightwing jerk living in fantasy land, who still tells Walter Moore every time he's on that he was a "close second," could have been mayor with a little more money and so on - one rightwing kook in FantasyLand fostering the unrealistic dreams of another. (Walter never did ANYthing volunteer or otherwise to deserve being Mayor, he only got protest votes against Tony V., because the other candidates were even goofier to ridiculous.)

Of course James would go for Essel after his girlfriend Trutanich did -- he and Berger spit-shine his shoes and do nothing but shill for him. One Shallman client going for another paid-for hack who'll do anything their puppetmasters tell them (Cooley above all, the PPL, IBEW, Riordan's developer buddies, now Antonio into the witch's brew.)

Essel returned the favor by telling SOHA that she'll support the Cooley-Trutanich hardline that all dispensary sales are illegal and should be shut down, she's their paid-for girl as well as by Riordan's developer friends including HIMself. - how much money does a senile old man need, anyway?

December 05, 2009 3:50 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

We need more post about Chris Essel and her evil ways !!!!!!!!!!1

December 05, 2009 4:09 PM  

Blogger Phil Jennerjahn said:

Three straight Anti-Essel posts by Higby.

Can he make it 4 or 5 in a row?

I'm sure Mayor Sam readers are still in the dark as to who these people are : (Christine Essel and Paul Krekorian).

December 05, 2009 4:51 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


December 05, 2009 5:25 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Yet another clueless comment by Six Flags Phil.

I am certain everyone who reads this blog knows who Krekorian and Essel are.

I do know what they don't know is why Phil Jennerjahn even thinks he is relevant after getting 88 votes for Mayor.

December 05, 2009 5:28 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Six Flags Phil is probably deleting every anti-Essel comment he made on his blog. Before Higby starts posting them.

December 05, 2009 5:29 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"Walter never did ANYthing volunteer or otherwise to deserve being Mayor, he only got protest votes against Tony V., because the other candidates were even goofier to ridiculous."

That is correct. And Phil was ridiculous. Even Walter acknowledged that.

December 05, 2009 5:56 PM  

Blogger Joe B. said:

Phil said that Chris Essel was part of the Axis of Evil and must be defeated.

December 05, 2009 6:06 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Higby, your desperation is showing. If you had anything positive to say about Kerkorian, you'd be posting that. Instead it's all negative on Christine Essel.

Obviously you, like everyone, are feeling the big MO going towards Essel and you're revealing how the Kerkorian campaign is down to their last desperate gasps.

December 05, 2009 6:15 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I don't think anyone pays enough attention to Kevin James to actually care who he endorses.

He's obviously blinded by his Republicanism, even though it's a non-partisan race, which makes him not like Paul because he is an elected Democrat and is endorsed by the Democratic Party and is therefore leaning toward Essel because--well--because she has no record of being anything besides a studio head, that's why. She couldn't get the support of either party. Nobody wanted her.

Didn't James endorse all of the candidates who now endorse Paul? That makes no sense if he did. Was he wrong then or is he wrong now?

Of course he's wrong now.

Phil, you are unprepared to even discuss local politics much less run for an office. You haven't been around long enough and you just don't get it.

Is there a particular reason why you call Paul a Socialist? Is there a vote or a decision or what?
Or do you consider all Democrats to be Socialists?

December 06, 2009 3:50 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Continue to get out the word on Essel. The status quo at City Hall is running scared. Look at all the public union money being thrown at Essel! Don't tell me that it's not corrupting of the political decision making process at City Hall.

December 06, 2009 9:47 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Krekorian looks like a loser and acts like one.

He doesn't pass the "Duck" test.

December 06, 2009 12:16 PM  

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