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Thursday, June 15, 2006

Waldman for AD 40 in '08? Talk about an early start.

The 2006 general election is still just under 5 months away but that hasn't stopped our favorite Chief of Staff from pre-announcing his announcement that he will be a candidate for the 40th State Assembly District.

"I wanted to let you know that I will officially launch my campaign for State Assembly next week." Waldman wrote in an email blast across the San Fernando Valley.

In an all to familiar tone the email virtually immediately went to endorsements over any plan for the 40th. "My current boss, assembly(man) Lloyd Levine, and my former boss, former Speaker Bob Hertzberg have endorsed me. The Chair of the Democratic Party of the San Fernando Valley has also endorsed me, as well as seven Democratic Club Presidents, a past Chair of VICA, and several Neighborhood Council members."

In fact the entire email did not mention a single issue or concern in the 40th District, or a single reason to support Stuart other than other people support him. That is something I hope changes early on. Here at the Sister City we should be demanding that politicians discuss issues.

Stuart Waldman will now join the ranks of the wannabes before him, and if his plan works he will be elected in 2008. It will be interesting to see how he handles being a candidate and current Chief of Staff to an Assemblyman.

Will he step down from his current job? Or will he "campaign" while on the States dime?

Will he earn the trust and support of the voters or will he run an "inside baseball" campaign?

Is there any truth to the rumors that Wendy Greuel or Cynthia Toussaint will challenge Stuart?

Only time will tell but the spin has already begun.

"I think I have a great chance and there is already a buzz in Sacramento" Stuart claims.

I have a difficult time believing that there is any buzz about any candidate 2 years before the filing deadline but what the heck do I know? I am just a dead City Councilman.

It should be an interesting race.

Your thoughts?


Anonymous Anonymous said:


June 15, 2006 3:25 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Waldman can finally stop sticking is nose into other campaigns and deal with his own... while collecting a government check.

June 15, 2006 3:30 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

i think Councilman John has his panties in a bunch.

Anyone who knows Stuart knows that he's the best man for the job. He's been preparing for it for 10 years and knows the ups and downs, in and outs (and their fries:) of the valley better than any other candidate announced or not.

plus, if you knew stuart or anything about AD 40, you would have known he was going to run in '08 years ago.

And really, what issues are their in AD 40? It's an ideal community. The residents love it, business loves it, so where's the beef?

so why the surprise?
personally, i think you are just a grumpy & bitter dead councilmember.

June 15, 2006 3:34 PM  

Blogger Councilman John said:

I think you have mistaken my post.

I don't oppose Stuart at all, don't support him at this point either. I have known for at least 3 years that he was going to run, but his campaign has made an announcement and that makes it news.

My job here is merely to spark discussion, that is all.

June 15, 2006 3:51 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

A Buzz in Sacramento? Who the fuck is he kidding?

How full of yourself do you have to be to think anyone in Sacramento gives a rats ass about your dumbass running in 2 and a half years Stuart?

June 15, 2006 3:53 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Stuart is a good guy who was stepped over like Fredo Corleone a few years back. I wish him all the best in his campaign. He should have an army of YD's out there supporting him.

June 15, 2006 3:58 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Wendy Greuel would be a FAR better Assemblymember than Stuart. And she isn't creepy too.

June 15, 2006 4:03 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

to the dumbass who thinks the election's 2 1/2 years away:

have you ever been to sacramento? talked to the people who work there? with turnover so high in the assembly, a lot of people give lots of rat asses about who will take over levine's seat.

and mayor sam, if you wanted to spark discussion, all you had to do was mention that stuart sent out an email. getting all bitchy cuz he didn't mention any issues? since when have you cared about issues?

June 15, 2006 4:24 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

personally, i feel that Councilman John gives a bad vibe to Mayor Sam's Sister City. He totally is taking the tone down into the gutter here and has made me stay away more often than not. Same with Walter Moore.

I dont want to hear bitching and moaning from the pro bloggers, I want insightful information, like this blog used to be. Where's the cutting edge?

June 15, 2006 4:34 PM  

Blogger Walter Moore said:

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June 15, 2006 5:34 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Cynthia Touissant lives in the 42nd AD, not the 40th. No one there knows her and she'd have to move to run in the 40th. She made some very valid/impassioned speeches while running against Feuer/Land for Koretz' seat, but she is NOT a candidate.

Walter...please get your facts straight.

June 15, 2006 6:13 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Check out the website www.stuartwaldman.com

June 15, 2006 6:28 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Councilman John wears panties? I think that's a story in itself.

June 15, 2006 7:05 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What did Councilman John say that was so derogatory? He is NO Walter Moore. I agree with MJ so far on everything. Walter Moore - nothing.

Plus he writes so many posts, he clogs the blog.

June 15, 2006 7:08 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

He didn't... But Stuart wants everything kissing his ass and if not his tighty whities get in a bunch.

June 15, 2006 7:22 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Poor Stuart. He couldn't get his boss to endorse him last time and now he's scrambling like mad. You gotta feel kind of sorry for him, right?

To the residents in that district, I'd like to hear if Stuart has been particularly helpful to you or not.

Does anybody have an examples? Good and bad of course.

I'll reserve judgment until I hear and I prefer to hear real legitimate constituents, not Young Dems or Dem Party of SFV folks, who we know will support him out of sheep loyalty... until someone they like better comes along. ha ha ha ha Such sheep they are.

June 15, 2006 7:29 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Waldman has a LOT of enemies. Numerous factions are actively recruiting other candidates to run against him.

I know a guy who has been approached three times, by three different people: a representative from the Latino Caucus, a powerful Progressive political consultant and an elected official.

So, there are several people who do not want Waldman to win. And if those people sweeten the deals, there will likely be several candidates.

Oh-Oh! Is that yapping I hear? This post may be enough for Waldman to sic his attack puppy Ari on these people. Alas Ari, you are a mere chihuahua. In so many ways, I hear.

June 15, 2006 7:30 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Stuart was one of the good guys, but then he start playing hardball. Life sucks when you fuck with too many people. They kind of get mad at you.

June 15, 2006 8:48 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Up and Comers
Published June 15th, 2006

Stuart Waldman

Stuart Waldman got into politics via Bill Clinton's first presidential
campaign, and he found the political life satisfying and fulfilling. "I just
fell in love with politics," he said.

Waldman, 37, a lawyer who graduated from Cal State Northridge and Loyola Law
School, hails originally from Texas but came to the San Fernando Valley in
1978--where he established the San Fernando Valley Young Democrats--and has
spent the past three decades in California.

He worked on Bob Hertzberg's successful 1995 campaign for the Assembly, then
joined Hertzberg's staff as a field rep in the lawmaker's Los Angeles office
and worked for Hertzberg for nearly six years. He liked the rhythm of the
government, solving problems for constituents and dealing with the mix of
politics and policy that defines Capitol life.

Among his most memorable moments was helping a constituent, a woman who was
being terrorized by a violence-prone, imprisoned former boyfriend, get away
from the man and find a new life for her and her child in another state with
a new life and a new identity. "Every once in a while, I get a Christmas
card from her," he said.

Waldman joined Assemblyman Lloyd Levine's staff in December 2002, and he
serves as Levine's chief of staff, based in the lawmaker's 40th Assembly
District office.
And the future?

"I plan to run for my boss' seat in 2008," Waldman said.

June 15, 2006 10:35 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I heard a rumor that some are trying to recruit Jim Alger to run in the 40th.

Wonder what that would do for Stuart.

June 16, 2006 1:39 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:



June 16, 2006 7:08 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Nah, Alger's not a carpetbagger. He's too conservative for the 40th anyway.

I bet the next time we see Jim is running against Greig Smith in the 12th. If you thought he came close to cleaning Lyn Shaw's clock, watch this one. People actually know who Smith is.

June 16, 2006 9:57 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

When Bob gives you a hug that's one thing. When Stuart does it, yuck.

June 16, 2006 9:59 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Wendy Greuel is going to run. She would be awesome. She would easily beat Stuart in a primary.

June 16, 2006 10:12 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

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June 16, 2006 3:41 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I don't see Alger running for AD 40 at all. He's never mentioned it to me. He also has no intention of running for CD 12 anytime soon.

But 3:41, he never "retracted" anything after the race. In fact he has pretty much gone underground. New phones, website down... in other words he hasn't spoken to anyone to retract a damn thing.

The bs about his loans, Shaw pulled the same exact crap... only more blatantly. You fools have been saying he is going to go to jail for months, more Casey Robinson BULLSHIT!

He NEVER claimed an endorsement he didn't have (had them all in writing)he polled 67% in a "forced recognition" poll which he even he said was iffy given it was done 2 days after he was on the front page of the paper and Lyn had done no mailers yet.

What killed Jim (by a whole 700 votes) was two things; extremely poor turnout and a pussy ass illegal hit piece. (Which Jim Hilfenhaus is swearing was done by Mitch Englander of Greig Smiths office)

The turnout more than the hit piece because when turnout is that poor all that shows up are the ideologues on the left and right. The union base etc.

Shaw also ran a disgusting attack campaign on Jim, his family etc. Jim ran a clean campaign on issues.

You guys can try and spin this like some crushing loss, but Alger was right about one thing... Shaw has NO intention of running a campaign or even advancing the democratic message in the 38th.

Cameron Smythe was measuring for new flooring in his Sacramento office on June 7th.

Everyone loses an election... Alger will be back. I am sure he has learned allot.

June 16, 2006 4:11 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

waldman at least does not make the same mistake twice. The last time he fucked around while cherny scooped up money and the oh so important hertzberg endorsement (lol). Waldman's problem is he personally has no money and his demeanor is of the fatso in the bar who everyone beats up.

I would never write him a check. I mean, the guy could not get something in the valley if he had 500 bucks.

and unlike brad sherman, waldman don't have much of a brain.

So he figures he will lock up those important endorsements now and kick ass.

What he fails to realize is what matters in these piddly shit primaries is three things

q factor (name reco - he has none)

Money (whoever runs against him will get more)

Looks (abbe land proved that you cannot get elected with a punim like that).

So, Waldman still has disadvantages. however, the job, which is a piece of shit - friggin 6 year term limit - hardly enough time to do the stealing some of his predecessors did.

June 16, 2006 5:26 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Jim Alger To Do List;

1. Figure out how I lost after campaigning for a year to a candidate who campaigned for six weeks.

2. Figure out how Lowenthal, who hardly campaigned at all got so many votes.

3. Figure out how to spin my criminal record for perjury.

4. Pay off my bankruptcy debt.

5. Join the Red Cross and actually help disaster victims because it is the moral thing to do not just because it looks good on a campaign web site.

6. Figure out why the voters do not love me as much as I love myself.

7. Go back to school and get a college degree.

8. Get a job like everyone else.

9. Figure out what I want to run for next and dig up dirt on my likely rival.

10. Buy my Jaguar back.

11. Figure out who sent the last minute mailer.

12. Cry in my beer with Mayor Sam.

Alger lost by approx 800 votes and given the total number of voters it was not even close.

June 16, 2006 11:52 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Boy, it seems to be bothering you more than it is bothering me.

I won't even respond to this hateful nonsense because it is just that, hateful nonsense, not to mention I already know most of the answers to those questions, the legitimate ones anyway.

Thanks for looking out for my welfare though. It is much appreciated.

June 16, 2006 11:57 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Some pussies really get their rocks off talking shit while hiding behind anonymous.

This is about Stuart, not Alger. I think Alger would have been an excellent choice and here is something funny... I asked him today what he thought of Waldman running for AD 40 and ya know what he said? He said he would SUPPORT Waldman.

Now given the way Waldman has been talking shit about Alger I don't get that but that's what the guy said.

June 17, 2006 12:03 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I hope to god someone like Wendy Greuel, ANYBODY, else runs against Waldman.

The last thing we need to see is his greasy ass annointed and having all those yicky YDs fawning all over him, not because they want to, but because they expect something.

June 17, 2006 2:05 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Laurette Healey thinks she's going to run for this seat as well. Someone needs to wake her up now. This is Wendy's seat all the way.

June 18, 2006 7:06 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The fact that Stuart has worked hard and made a name for himself while staying true to his principles is an inspiration to someone like me who has been involved in politics for years. I think it’s great that he had such a humble start, and through student activism and government found a passion that he is GOOD at. I am INSPIRED by it— Not threatened by it, which is what some of the posters here sound like. I think his tenaciousness and experience would serve the district well. I really hope that jealousy and ugliness that I see on this blog does not prevail. That would be a shame and loss for the 40th.

One anonymous poster wrote “The last thing we need to see is his greasy ass annointed (sic) and having all those yicky YDs fawning all over him, not because they want to, but because they expect something.”

So what if Young Democrats are supporting him and want to see him win? You are talking about young people! Why in the world would you list this as a reason not to support Stuart? It says so much more about you and the opposition to Stuart’s candidacy than it does him. Young people, by definition have less power than older candidates. Maybe this poster would be more comfortable in political process that shuts out everyone who isn’t white, straight and over 40?

July 26, 2006 3:04 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

HISTORICAL FOLLOW-UP: Waldman's boss Lloyd Levine, WITHDREW his endorsement and endorsed Waldman's opponent. This led Waldman to be resoundingly defeated in the AD 40 RACE.

Better luck next time Stuart.

February 19, 2009 10:37 AM  

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