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Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Ass Clown of the Week

It takes a lot to be named Ass Clown of the week, but we definitely found a winner. It's one thing to make a mistake. It's another to get caught and suffer the consequences. But to defend the act takes a special breed...From the NortheastLA Yahoo Group:
Eliot Sekuler wrote:

Dear Editor:

Steve Hymon's article "City Panel Nominee Is Under Fire for E-Mail" (8/24/05) played into the hands of the worst elements of Los Angeles local politics and damaged the causes of open space preservation and exclusionary zoning for affordable housing in Northeast Los Angeles, causes for which Tony Scudellari has long stood as an effective and tireless standard-bearer.

Mr. Scudellari, who's been widely and rightfully recognized for his community service and who's been active in the recent campaigns of John Kerry, Antonio Villaraigosa and, more recently, CD 14 candidate Jose Huizar, was guilty of nothing other than carelessness in trusting some private observations to a glibly-worded private email that was sent to eight people (seven friends and, presumably, one other person).

The email, which contained an offhanded joke about a person of his own Italian ethnicity, fell into the hands of Robert Urteaga and Michael Gatto, campaign manager and former campaign manager, respectively, of Huizar's opponent, Nick Pacheco, who pounced on the opportunity to damage Scudellari's credibility and by extension, that of Pacheco's front-running opponent by leveraging private correspondence into an L.A. Times story.

Political blog-sites and Northeast L.A. bulletin boards have since been abuzz with gloating messages from greedy land developers and Pacheco supporters, who see Scudellari's plight
as an opportunity to press their agenda. The messages include missives from "anonymous" posters who hide behind ineffective pseudonyms to make truly scurrilous and absurd distortions of the facts of this tempest in a teapot.

It's unfortunate that the Times, perhaps unwittingly, has played a role in--temporarily-- muffling Mr.Scudellari's progressive voice in Northeast L.A. issues.


Eliot Sekuler

Mount Washington
I bolded a few of my favorite passages above... To the "anonymous" posters mentioned above, I join you in offering Mr. Sekuler the "Ass Clown of the Week" Award for his tireless defense of the indefensible. When will they learn...


Anonymous Anonymous said:

Simply amazing.

August 30, 2005 7:29 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

That's cold, Cowboy.

August 30, 2005 8:03 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

mr. secular should be called the ass kisser of the week . he is just defending his party . Hey i wonder what deal he has with his
notorious trickster Tony scudsucker.

August 30, 2005 8:11 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

So that's what "progressives" in L.A. are all about. This is how Tony's prgoressives defend racist comments and the outing of individuals by stating that they are "guilty of nothing other than carelessness in trusting some private observations to a glibly-worded private email." Is it any wonder that Tony's new progressive agenda had been defined as an elite power grab. What do those "little people" down the hill from Mt. Washington know anyway. Reminds me of the time one of Tony's friends questioned his move from City Terrace to Mt. Washington and he justified it by saying that "I'm not leaving my people, I'm just going to live above them." Do these people even know the meaning of HYPOCRISY. I hope you're proud of yourself Parke - this is, afterall, your revolution.

August 30, 2005 8:18 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Excellent idea for an award Mayor Frank. Who would be presenting this "Scuddy", Tony or Huizar?

August 30, 2005 8:21 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Sekular, Scudellari, Skelton

They should all get the "Gepetto Scuddy" for their puppet act - Jose Huizar.

That Gepetto joke is "an offhanded joke about a person of (my) own Italian ethnicity."

August 30, 2005 8:26 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Eliot- Good Morning! I imagine you are reading this "senseless" blog that you deem useless for society by reading your letter. Well, just to let you know something, your "victim" friend did a bad, bad thing. It comes round full circle, he is reaping what he sowed. End of story.

August 30, 2005 8:33 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

This is too funny and brings to mind Office Space ... "that no talent ass clown."

August 30, 2005 8:47 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Eliot, Did you get free movie tickets from Sony Pictures when supporting this clown?

August 30, 2005 8:50 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Both Tony Scudellari and Eliot Sekuler are active, caring residents in the Northeast area who have dedicated so much of their time to help improve their communities.

With that said, Tony screwed up big by putting down what he did in the e-mail and Eliot needs to understand the political implications behind such moves. Sure, everybody has different feelings about other people, and it's even more so in a heated political environment like the one that we all live in today.

But there's something to be said when somebody goes on to put something down in writing and sends it out. You risk the likelyhood of your private thoughts getting out to people who you didn't want it to get to (as in this situation). Information said in private chats is easily controlled. Documenting your thoughts and sending it out to others only goes to give away any control you have over your thoughts.

The fact that Tony Scudellari put himself in this situation serves as proof that regardless of how much he cares about his community, he was not ready for the political world that awaited him if he were to become a City of Los Angeles Commissioner.

I hope that Eliot Sekuler takes this experience and he learns from the mistakes of his friend. I'm sure that he (like all the other political junkies in CD14 and throughout LA) have personal feelings regarding certain individuals. I hope that he will think twice before he ever puts any of those thoughts into any of his e-mails.

August 30, 2005 8:56 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mayor Sam, I don't like your "ass" picture. Too "R" rated for me, too graphic. Can you put a "G" rated "ass" picture instead?

August 30, 2005 8:58 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What I find funny (and slightly hypocritical) is that conservatives aren't whining about how this is an example of political-correctness gone amok and defending the accused. I guess if it’s a “progressive” losing out, it doesn’t matter.

August 30, 2005 9:31 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

8:56, Sekuler and Scudelerri and their friends at the Northeast Progressive Alliance love this shit. Scudelllari lives for dirty tricks. Scudelleri sends out an email to his friends in the Northeast PROGRESSIVE Alliance "outing" a man who has a much longer record of community work than either of these jokers. Another "friend" for whatever reason forwarded the email to LAT. The LAT writes a story. Where is Pacheco in all this? Nowhere! And yet ASS CLOWN Sekuler, a PROGRESSIVE (yeh, right) defends political trickster Scudellari (a PROGRESSIVE (yeh, right) and puts the blame on a Pacheco smear campaign.
Who is this Northeast PROGRESSIVE Alliance. They don't seem very PROGRESSIVE or very TOLERANT.
Can anybody imagine a real PROGRESSIVE group not condemning the "outing" of a man who may or may not be gay.
No, not one member of the Northeast PROGRESSIVE Alliance could find the compassion, be PROGRESSIVE enough, to apologize to the man "outed" or even condemn Scudellari.
Political trickster Scudellari however was willing to apologize (according to the LAT) for what the ASS CLOWN SEKULA thought was just an offhand remark about the political tricksters own ethnicicty.

August 30, 2005 9:48 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


If it was a conservative, he wouldn't run from his comments. Again, hypocrisy, look it up. The "Tony progressive" of present day L.A. thinks that off handed comments and little white lies won't hurt anybody. Ironic that they are called "white" lies. Think again. More than likely the one hurt is the idiot making the comment. There's nothing "politically correct" about sticking your foot in your mouth, no matter which way your politics lean.

August 30, 2005 9:56 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Wasn't the Northeast Progressive Alliance the group that endorsed Jose Huizar without even giving Nick Pacheco a chance to interview. Where are the progressive democratic principles this country wants to export to other countries? Isn't this a bit hypocritical for a "progressive" group. Maybe not if this progressive group were from Iran or Saudi Arabia.

August 30, 2005 10:02 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Typical of the Parke Skelton/Tony Villar progressives. They throw stones and then cry when the person hit says "ouch."

August 30, 2005 10:03 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

All these Scudellari apologists gloss over the fact that

1) He sent the e-mail on his own volition, not anyone else

2) He tried to forcibly "out" ANOTHER commissioner who is married with children - the worst and nastiest intrusion in a person's private life.

3) That Antonio suffered these same attacks on his family in the 2002 race and does not support them or Mr. Scudelari.

They are, as MayorFrank noted, simply attempts to defend the indefensible.

August 30, 2005 10:08 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The Northeast Progressive Alliance isn't a group with rules and membership, according to a statement put out by the Ass Clown himself. It's a core group of Villaraigosa and Huizar supporters from the Mount Washington Association and the Mount Washington Homeowners Alliance. Mix in Glassell Park political trickster, Tony Scudellari, and Villaraigosa groupie who made it onto a commission, Cynthia Ruiz, and that's the Northeast progressive Alliance. A front.

August 30, 2005 10:16 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

You have to understand -- Mount Washington is REALLY another world. I think the air is VERY thin at the top. The only thing this horribly divided, angry community hates more than the OTHER side of whatever Mount Washington is fighting with itself over -- is EVERYONE else.

(But they're NOT elitist... they SWEAR by Odin and Nietsche they're NOT elitists!)

August 30, 2005 10:19 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

9:31 a.m.

What "conservatives?" You've obviously never been to Northeast L.A.

In NELA, there are communists, socialists, progressives (elite liberals), liberals, moderate liberals -- and the MOST conservative of all... LIBERTARIANS! (I think there are 12 of those now.)

Anyone not willing to wear one of those titles has been warned publicly to stay in doors and they won't be harmed.

August 30, 2005 10:23 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Is it true that Tony and Ed Reyes are suporting Huizar because Huizar would make Mt. Washington a gated community? - of course, after he becomes neighbors with these endorsers.

August 30, 2005 10:25 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Parke Skelton is a Mt. Washington wannabe (pass it on).

One more big race (next mayor's contest, or a GOV. candidate), and he'l be able to afford it.

August 30, 2005 10:26 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Skelton can afford it now. He owns his own moutain top retreat in Hermon, just up the Pasadena Freeway from Mt. Washington. In fact, that is why he is always going after Nick because he wanted Nick to stop a large housing development - of $750,000+ homes -that was started way back when Snyder was Councilman and pushed through by Alatorre. The development wasn't stopped but when Antonio got into office he did route traffic away from Skelton's retreat - even giving him ownership of a former public street so that he can have his own private cul de sac. Why would he want to move to Mt. Washington, those elitists wouldn't tolerate private cul de sacs that were formerly public streets. Unless it was their own cul de sac - got to keep up with the Joneses!

Before Lou Cypher or anyone of your minions crfies foul Parke, this is all public record. Think Huizar can defend this?

August 30, 2005 10:34 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

You missed on key point 10:34 a.m.


The school in Mt. Wash is about the only one in the area that isn't a Huizar-style mess.

August 30, 2005 10:40 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

10:08 AM One difference, comments made in 2002 about Villaraigosa are true and proven.

Villaraigosa has people in the L.A. Times, all levels of city hall, LA Opinion, Univision, PPIC, Fabian Nunez, family members in health organizations, friends in voter outreach, you see he pretty much covered all of his bases. Any leaks and he has a stopper.

August 30, 2005 10:46 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Parke Skelton lives in Mt. Washington too.

August 30, 2005 10:54 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

10:23 AM

You are wrong! You have no idea how wrong you are! On my block alone we have 8 registered republican families out of 19 homes. For a North East L.A. neighborhood that is a good number.

August 30, 2005 10:57 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

10:57 a.m.

Eagle Rock don't count! Might as well be Glendale, and they're all in a tizzy about Pacheco, because he allowed a beat up "historic" body shop to be turned into a nice new, CLEAN drug store.

August 30, 2005 11:01 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Republicans on Mount Washington? Should we expect a mass "outing" from political trickster Tony Scudellari?

August 30, 2005 11:02 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Where is Parke Skelton's taking possession of a formerly public street public record. There has to be a Council vote for something like this. Who voted for this?

August 30, 2005 11:04 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Do you really think Tony would be getting this much heat over such a small mistake if he was well respected?

August 30, 2005 11:05 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

In El Sereno we have many Republicans that attend the Pasadena Republican Party offices.

We are not alone in the mess that democrats have made out of Los Angeles. We are here to change it!

August 30, 2005 11:08 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Eagle Rock has already been taken care of by the Scudsucker!

August 30, 2005 11:11 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Obviously somebody in Tony's own circle of friends doesn't respect him. Anon 8:56 reads like a member of the "inner circle" who is tired of Tony's political tricks.

August 30, 2005 11:14 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Not Glendale! Highland Park is the name of the New Republican ground.

Meanwhile you fight each other, we make our base stronger, you look like fools.

Many conservatives in El Sereno too, not as much as we would like, but it is a start.

August 30, 2005 11:14 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I understand the scudsucker's "friend" (or is it another "friend"?) is emailing people with information on another dirty trick by the political wannabe. Another embarrassment for the mayor in the making?

August 30, 2005 11:53 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mr. Sekular writes, "...muffling Mr. Scudellari's "progressive" voice." As a proud union man and a progressive for over 30 years I find Mr. Scudellari's voice anything but progressive in "outing" somebody for contributing to a political candidate. Mr. Scudellari cannot be easily forgiven for bringing McCarthyism into our political scene. We all should learn more about this Northeast Progressive Alliance and see what other dirty tricks they are infecting us with.

August 30, 2005 12:12 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

How dumb are these people?

"Hey, Tony, I've got an idea! Let's keep the story about your racism and homophobia alive by defending your e-mail!"

"Great idea, Eliot! Do you think I should say something about those damn Jews and Orientals this time, too?"

You idiots. Everyone knows hot air from an asshole smells bad...

August 30, 2005 1:00 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

No winners on this one .Both Team Pacheco and Huizar drop votes with this one.

August 30, 2005 1:12 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

My God, what a f...ing idiot. I don't think you even can blame Huizar. Certaibly not Pacheco. Only Scudellari and anybody who defends him, like the Ass Clown Sekular, can be blamed. Villaraigosa condemned the offensive email, as did Pacheco. What is Huizar's response? Maybe Huizar should be blamed as well. Has he commented on his supporters offensive email?

August 30, 2005 1:24 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Your right, 1:12 p.m., this means Ruby de Vera is a shoe-in.

They should just both cave now.

August 30, 2005 1:33 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hose Juizar sez...

"MY response is exactly the Mayor's response, word for word.

Always... right Tony (Parke?) Sorry, did I say that wrong?

August 30, 2005 1:35 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Is Sekula head of one of the "80 NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH ORGANIZATIONS" that Villaraigosa started last year to earn his $150,000 city salary? It's his home community.

There have to be 20,000 people in the Mt. Washington area, so they would need 5-10 of the 80 watch organizations up there, alone, right?

At least one of the "friends" or progressives MUST be heading up a watch organization, or must know SOME of the names and locations of them.

How many of the 80 are up there? Surely this group endorsed AV because of his ACCOMPLISHMENT of organizing his OWN neighbors in this manner for their security. (It is the most affluent neighborhood in CD14 - by FAR). Who needed security more?


August 30, 2005 1:43 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

1:12 PM
The only idiot that dropped votes was the Villaraigosa Camp and that includes HUIZAR and excludes PACHECO.

You are such an idiot in the famous words of Napoleon Dynamite

August 30, 2005 1:52 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Did he really send this to the L.A. Times, to be printed?

August 30, 2005 1:55 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

anon 1:43 No, these people in the Northeast Progressive Alliance don't do Neighborhood Watches, they set policy - oh, and think up and do dirty tricks.

August 30, 2005 2:16 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

WELL, that's "Progress" for you!

August 30, 2005 2:47 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I just heard that Eric Hacopian got a contract from Meruelo. Is this true? is this the payoff to dump Nick?

August 30, 2005 3:34 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Yeah. he's going to be principal of a new real estate mogul's magnet school on the CD13 Taylor Yard High School site..


August 30, 2005 3:40 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

9:31 a.m.

As a conservative, that used to bother me a bit, too. But then I learned that until you let one of the sanctimonious watchdogs of PC-at-all-costs dangle at the end of his own "progressive" spear for awhile in plain sight of the others, none of them will ever come to realize how far past rationality the "hunt" by the thought police has gone.

August 30, 2005 3:48 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Where is the father-humping hot list?

August 30, 2005 4:32 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Does anybody know if Scudellari apologized to the man he "outed"?

August 30, 2005 4:38 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hot list postponed until the "heat" is off lying Chief Faker!

August 30, 2005 4:44 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Nah, that WAS Parker asking the question.. He's pretending someone wants his redundant, redactive, ridiculous posting on who HE thinks is hot.

I'd sooner have the pimpley-faced geek at Blockbuster tell me what movie I'll "really like!"


August 30, 2005 4:46 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I think the "ass clown" award was meant to be a form of who's "not" hot!

August 30, 2005 4:48 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

No neighborhood watches in MW; guaranteed. They look down their noses, not out the window.

August 30, 2005 4:49 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Does anybody know who is this Northeast Progressive Alliance?

August 30, 2005 10:47 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

They ain't "Notheast" (just Mount Washington and maybe Glassell).

They ain't "progressive" (defending inolerant comments).

They ain't much of an "alliance" -- ratting each other out.

nuff said

August 31, 2005 3:56 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Progressives are just sheep who all support Antonio because Hahn was too conservative for them. They're so progressive that they're slipping backwards. Losers. They don't really know how to be progressive.

September 01, 2005 12:12 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Does anyone know how to contact this Tony Scudellari? As you can see we share the same last name and Scudelari isnt very common. I just wanted to know if we were related. The rest of my family is.... well.... lets just say that what is being said about Tony could be a compliment to my family. So if anyone has any Information let me know. vaklamst5150@hotmail.com

January 12, 2006 9:38 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Tony claims he sent this to only 8 people? Well an email like that spreads fast like wildfire with everyone probably FORWARDING it all over the place. He got what he deserved.

August 06, 2007 6:51 PM  

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