Has Mayor Eric Garcetti Chief of Staff Ana Guerrero domicile herself in CD 14 for possible challenge against current beleaguer City Councilman Jose Huizar in 2015 (most likely)?
Mayor Garcetti Chief of Staff Ana Guerrero.
A political battle is coming to CD 14 in 2015.
Between the "political chisme" regarding his legal issues with former staffer Francine Godoy or his alleged connection to State Senator Ron Calderon's Bribery Scandal, it has been a given that the "Dear Charro, Princeton Graduate" would face a re-election challenge from someone associated with "Team Garcetti". After all, endorsing the wrong candidates in multiple elections (CD 1, CD 9, CD 13, City Attorney, City Controller, LAUSD District Six and Mayor) last May, is bound to get you labeled as "weak politico walking".
Since the May Runoff Elections, speculation has been rampant about possible challengers to a politically weaken Huizar. Names broached included LA County Board of Supervisor Gloria Molina, State Senator Kevin De Leon and Assembly Speaker John Perez among others.
But for various (and potentially scandalous) reasons, none of the three above will be the primary candidate to take out the former Mayor Antonio Villar (and Wendy "The Villar Greuel") ally. That designation may be bestow by Mayor Garcetti to his own Chief of Staff Ana Guerrero
who has supposedly domicile herself in CD 14.
Early feedback on a possible Guerrero challenge bids not well for Huizar. Guerrero represents the best qualities in a candidate that would present major matchup problems for the embattled incumbent.. First, and most important, Guerrero is a young, successful Latina who would garner young, female and progressive support in a council district tire of the "Tonto Villar-type political (and personal) behavior". But most important, Huizar recent women issues would preclude him from going negative on a candidate such as Guerrero, taking away a past successful Parke Skelton/ Michael Trujillo campaign tactic.
But before anyone anoints Guerrero as the designated challenger to Huizar, they may want to search out Victor Griego who was the "Chosen One" in 1999, only to lose under the weight of his "political carpet baggage".
...... and no doubt, a growing group of home grown challengers will remind CD 14 voters of that in the upcoming 2015 Campaign.
Though it is rare to see a city council member voted out of office, there may be an opening for Guerrero. Huizar is facing a sexual harassment lawsuit from his former deputy chief of staff. Though he denied harassing her, the married Huizar did say he and Francine Godoy had an affair. And Huizar endorsed Wendy Greuel over Garcetti in the 2013 race. (That said, Huizar still enjoys major support from Council President Herb Wesson.)
..... wonder why? (think Building & Safety and Redistricting Scandal).
Your thoughts ..............
Scott Johnson in CD 14
Labels: 2015 CD 14 City Council Elections, Ana Guerrero, CD 14 City Councilman Jose Huizar, mayor eric garcetti