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Sunday, February 19, 2012

Are Greuel, Perry, Garcetti and Beutner Afraid to Debate Kevin James?

Kevin James, photo by Gary Aminoff
Back in early January, we reported that Mayoral candidate Kevin James had raised enough money to qualify for matching campaign funds from the City. Quite often, this is the threshold that many organizations set for candidates to appear in various debates.

As such, James was invited to appear with the other candidates in a series of events covering a number of important topics, hosted by an organization called Talking About Los Angeles. The events have several sponsors such as Microsoft, AOL Patch and Time-Warner Cable where the events would air.

However, following the announcement that James had been invited to participate in the first of the events, that was to be held on February 23rd at LA Trade Tech College, James' fellow candidates City Controller Wendy Greuel, City Councilmember Jan Perry, former City Council President Eric James and financier Austin Beutner, all mysteriously dropped out from the event.

Kevin James' opponents for Mayor
The campaigns have not made it clear why they will not participate in the debates, but many have their suspicions.

They are afraid to debate James, former host of a popular talk radio show, first on KABC and then on KRLA radio. James, has spent the last few years speaking with individuals, neighborhood councils and other organizations and has developed a deep understanding of a wide number of issues facing the city and has proposed significant plans to address local problems. James is articulate and convincing; certainly the other candidates should be concerned.

James spoke with Frank Sheftel and myself on our show on LATalkRadio Saturday night and said he'll be working to bring this issue to the attention of the press over the next several days. At press time, Talking About Los Angeles has not issued a statement as to the future of their events.

Stay tuned!

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7 Comments:

Blogger LAKjun said:

Of course the other mayoral candidates dropped out. How would professional politicians like Greuel, Garcetti, and Perry be able to compete in an intelligent debate on the issues when all they know how to do is pander to the connected developers in this city? I doubt that any of them really knows, or even cares for that matter, how to solve this city's problems. The thought of a debate with Kevin James probably terrifies them.

February 19, 2012 9:55 AM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

Oh no...it's the Walter Moore campaing, all over. The blog coverage of the mayoral election, is gonna be about the media's coverage of the election, and it's gonna suck all the air out of the issues. Meanwhile, did you hear the one about the Housing Dept...

February 20, 2012 12:40 AM  

Blogger g said:

THIS IS THE SAME THING THAT TONY V DID WITH WALTER MOORE AND THE OTHER CANDIDATES. IT'S ABOUT PEOPLE THEY FEEL THEY CAN'T BEAT. BY DEBATING KEVIN JAMES THEY MAKE HIM A LEGITIMATE CANDIDATE IN THE VOTERS EYES THEY DON'T WANT TO DO THAT,IGNORING HIM IS EASIER. IT'S ALSO UNDEMOCRATIC BUT WHY SHOULD THAT STAND IN THERE WAY. THE PUBLIC ARE USED AND DIRECTED TOWARDS THEIR FINANCED CAMPAIGNS THAT KEEPS CORRUPTION ALIVE.AVERAGE VOTERS DON'T HAVE A CLUE. BETTER TOKEEP THEM IN THE DARK, IT ALWAYS WORKS FOR THEM. A STUPID PUBLIC IS BETTER TO WIN ELECTIONS.

February 20, 2012 5:55 PM  

Blogger g said:

THIS IS THE SAME THING THAT TONY V DID WITH WALTER MOORE AND THE OTHER CANDIDATES. IT'S ABOUT PEOPLE THEY FEEL THEY CAN'T BEAT. BY DEBATING KEVIN JAMES THEY MAKE HIM A LEGITIMATE CANDIDATE IN THE VOTERS EYES THEY DON'T WANT TO DO THAT,IGNORING HIM IS EASIER. IT'S ALSO UNDEMOCRATIC BUT WHY SHOULD THAT STAND IN THERE WAY. THE PUBLIC ARE USED AND DIRECTED TOWARDS THEIR FINANCED CAMPAIGNS THAT KEEPS CORRUPTION ALIVE.AVERAGE VOTERS DON'T HAVE A CLUE. BETTER TOKEEP THEM IN THE DARK, IT ALWAYS WORKS FOR THEM. A STUPID PUBLIC IS BETTER TO WIN ELECTIONS.

February 20, 2012 5:56 PM  

Blogger g said:

THIS IS THE SAME THING THAT TONY V DID WITH WALTER MOORE AND THE OTHER CANDIDATES. IT'S ABOUT PEOPLE THEY FEEL THEY CAN'T BEAT. BY DEBATING KEVIN JAMES THEY MAKE HIM A LEGITIMATE CANDIDATE IN THE VOTERS EYES THEY DON'T WANT TO DO THAT,IGNORING HIM IS EASIER. IT'S ALSO UNDEMOCRATIC BUT WHY SHOULD THAT STAND IN THERE WAY. THE PUBLIC ARE USED AND DIRECTED TOWARDS THEIR FINANCED CAMPAIGNS THAT KEEPS CORRUPTION ALIVE.AVERAGE VOTERS DON'T HAVE A CLUE. BETTER TOKEEP THEM IN THE DARK, IT ALWAYS WORKS FOR THEM. A STUPID PUBLIC IS BETTER TO WIN ELECTIONS.

February 20, 2012 5:59 PM  

Blogger g said:

THIS OUTLINES WHY PEOPLE LIKE JAMES DON'T WIN ELECTIONS. THE GROUP GREUEL,GARCITTI,BEUTNER TO NAME THREE DON'T WANT TO GIVE KEVIN JAMES ANY CREDIBILITY OR MAKE HIM OUT TO BE A VIABLE CANDIDATE. BY IGNORING HIM THEY TAKE ANY CHANCE HE WOULD HAVE AND THEY DON'T HAVE TO DO A THING. THE SAME HAPPENED WITH TONY V AND WALTER MOORE. THE PUBLIC TO THEM IS BETTER LEFT IN THE DARK AND KEPT STUPID. THE WAY ELECTIONS ARE WON IS BY DIVIDING UP WHO CAN WIN FROM WHO CAN'T FIGHTING THE ONE'S LEFT. THIS IS WHY I HAVE SAID WE NEED REAL POLITICAL FINANCE REFORM. MORE LIMITS ARE NEEDED AND ALL CANDIDATES NEED TO BE HEARD NO EXCEPTION. THE PUBLIC HAS A RIGHT IN A DEMOCRACY TO HEAR ALL CANDIDATES NOT JUST THE ONE'S WITH MONEY. THIS IS WHY WE CONTINUE TO WITNESS MORE AND MORE CORRUPTION.

February 21, 2012 4:56 PM  

Blogger Phil Jennerjahn said:

Greuel, Garcetti, and Perry are political professionals. It is childish to say that they are afraid to debate Kevin James. They are not afraid to debate anyone. They simply think that, as a strategy, it is not good to give publicity to an underfunded, lesser-known candidate.

Walter Moore was wrong to say that Antonio Villaraigosa was afraid to debate him in 2009. He wasn't. He just didn't think it was in any way an advantage for his campaign. So he skipped every single forum and barely won his re-election.

Voters are not dumb. They know when a politician is giving them the middle finger.

James should point that out repeatedly to the media.

February 22, 2012 9:32 AM  

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