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Tuesday, March 14, 2006

ZeeMan: Chris Arellano Withdraws

3 p.m., LAWeekly blog:

Second-place school board candidate Christopher Arellano, whose campaign was rocked by revelations about his past and on the verge of losing the endorsement of the powerful teachers’ union, officially pulled the plug Tuesday on his stalled campaign, telling supporters and union leaders that he will step aside in the race to replace former board member Jose Huizar.

The decision immediately threw into question the June 6 runoff election...

For some background, read, uh, our 11 a.m. post, immediately preceding this one.

UTLA head A.J. Duffy offers a really bizarre concession statement to ZeeMan:
“Quite frankly, I would think that whoever moves up [to second place], I don’t think it would be wise for anybody to go into this race at this point,” Duffy said. “With 47 percent of the vote and the backing of a popular mayor and a popular councilman, you’re really fighting an uphill battle.”

First off, you wonder what he means by "whoever moves up" and "anybody"...like it's an open draw? Enrique and Ana are going to draw straws?

Secondly, you wonder why he's suddenly so very awestruck by the Mayor's office, whose candidate drew four percent of the total electorate in this election...


Anonymous Anonymous said:

Viva Gasca

Say NO to the Junk Food Queen.

Let's hope AJ "I don't do background checks on my candidate" Duffy realizes he can win with Gasca.

March 14, 2006 5:31 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Look, like it or not, AV is extremely popular and though most folks didnt vote, any person that AV is supporting, has a huge advantage. The candidate still needs money, some brains, a resume etc, but, with this Mayors support, they will usually win.

Frankly, I like it that AV is getting involved in these races. He has got political capital and he is using it!

March 14, 2006 5:35 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

better Gasca than montebello monica

March 14, 2006 7:07 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Enrique and Monica deserve each other. have fun fighting it out over Boyle Heights and stale pan dulce.

March 14, 2006 7:31 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

why is AJ Duffy already calling this race for Monica? is he running scared of the Mayor?

step up to the plate, AJ, and endorse your new best friend Enrique.

March 14, 2006 7:35 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Duffy's amazing.

The best was him arguing Arellanos 'side' on KCRW.

March 14, 2006 7:48 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Similar to Arellano...Alex Padilla will withdrawal from his race once some serious stuff comes out on his ass (plus the lack of endorsement of somebody big).

March 14, 2006 8:21 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

A.J Duffy should be ashamed of himself. He should at least try and make the perception that he supports his union instead of Antonio. "AV popular" where???? You go to meetings anywhere in the city and all you hear is what the hell has our Mayor done since being in office almost a year. A lot of people are now realizing they got fooled into voting for an "empty suit" with a big white smile.

March 15, 2006 6:34 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Puto! Puto! Puto!

March 15, 2006 11:20 AM  

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