" That was then, this is now"
The Los Angeles Times, aka, the "Old Gray Westside Hag on Spring Street, has rediscover the CD 2 City Council Special Election.
LA Times Scribe Maeve Reston reports
from the supposed last debate between Chris Essel and Paul Krekorian, this past evening at Valley College. And based upon her reporting, neither wants anything to do with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.
The days may be dwindling in the runoff race for the vacant seat of former Los Angeles City Councilwoman Wendy Greuel, but one thing is clear -- neither candidate is looking for a last-minute campaign boost from Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.
During a debate Monday night at Valley College, Assemblyman Paul Krekorian (D-Los Angeles) and his rival, Christine Essel, a former Paramount Pictures Corp. executive, both dodged a question about whether they would vote for Villaraigosa if he were running for another office.
And Essel hastened to dispel rumors that Villaraigosa is planning to endorse her before the Dec. 8 runoff for a seat representing residents of the San Fernando Valley, where the mayor had a weak showing in his March re-election campaign. “I don’t know exactly who is creating [the rumors], but it isn’t anybody in my camp,” Essel told an audience of more than 100. “The mayor is not endorsing anybody in this race and he is not helping me with my race.”
Que?? You mean that the likes of AEG, with LIEweke, Ari Swiller, IBEW, ACORN and Councilman Jose Huizar are endorsing your campaign but not Mayor Antoino Villaraigosa? If you believe that then I have a copy of the former "Tony Villar's" high school report card where the GPA adds up to 3.0+.
Then for objectivity, we add some comments from Paul Krekorian.
Krekorian said the city is “facing too many crises right now to have the captain of the ship running off to run for another office” and added that “there have been a lot of disappointments in the mayor’s leadership of the city.”
“He came in with incredible promise -- gave one of the great speeches I think that I heard when he was inaugurated,” Krekorian said. “And we all know in many ways his administration has fallen significantly short of that, I think in large measure because he has been looking outside of the city to other things.”
But Krekorian has endorsements from the likes of Assemblyman John Perez and Kevin De Leon who are close allies of the Mayor.
One can bet that if Mayor Villaraigosa was held in higher esteem by the voting public in CD 2 and city wide, you would of seen more exposes of the photos shown above. Either way, who evers gets elected will have to work with the "third floor' once in office. But if any of the two get too close to Mayor Villaraigosa upon election to City Council, then 2011 may be the "ultimate political report card" on past comments and subsequent actions in office, regarding their ties to Mayor Villaraigosa.
Labels: cd2 special election runoff, Chris Essel, mayor antonio villaraigosa, paul krekorian