Morning Briefs on the Los Angeles Political Machine for Monday
Johnson, whom nobody knows except Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, for whom he works as an “education aide,” was just certified by the city clerk as an official candidate in that election last week and then kicked off his campaign in the vicious attack mode by pouncing on fellow candidate, Genethia Hudley-Hayes, like a mountain lion. Instead of telling us who the heck he is, Johnson chose to tell us Hudley-Hayes — a woman we have known, loved, respected and worked with for more than 30 years — is falsifying her resume with regard to her having a doctorate!! Who cares?! The only thing of concern to voters in this election is determining which of the seven or eight candidates will be the most effective and committed advocate for quality education which the 1st District’s woefully underserved minority students deserve.Johnson needed to come out telling us what’s in his resume, not what’s lacking in the resume of his opponent. Whose jugular is he going for next week? Probably candidate George McKenna, who, like Hudley-Hayes, (and unlike Johnson) are above reproach and are proven warriors when it comes to LAUSD matters. All Johnson did last week was make people mad, including the Soulvine and a bunch of civil rights leaders who denounced Johnson’s opening campaign gambit as “a smear attack.” They sent me the following statement:
“Hudley-Hayes has a long and honorable track record of dedicated public service and is a staunch and experienced education advocate for the LAUSD’s underserved students. To have her name and reputation sullied for cheap and dirty political one-upmanship does nothing to advance the fight for educational excellence. When smear tactics are used in a campaign, the only losers are the voters. This must not be the case in the vital race for the 1st District seat.”
This statement was signed by Earl Ofari Hutchinson, president of the Los Angeles Urban Roundtable; Dwayne Wyatt, L.A. Black Employees for Fairness; Debbie Washington, National Council of Negro Women; Robert Taylor, Black Ministerial Alliance; Lita Herron, Youth Advocacy Coalition president; Pedro Baez, Voice of the People founder; Skip Townsend of Cease Fire and Vicky Lindsay, of Project Cry No More.
But I tell you what, Johnson needs to drop out of the race and spend more time as Ridley-Thomas’ aide so the supervisor can teach him some manners, because he’s certainly shown that he doesn’t have any.
Safe to say that Betty may not be visiting "Home Renovation Thomas" Man Cave anytime soon.
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Labels: 2014 33th Congressional District Campaign. The Villar Greuel, 2014 LAUSD District One Elections, Alex Johnson, betty pleasant, CD 14 City Councilman Jose Huizar, L.A. Downtown News, Millennium Project