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Friday, September 11, 2009

Can You Say "Deputy Chief of Staff, Matt Szabo"?? Mayor Villaraigosa says Yes

"Matt Szabo learns of his promotion"
Begging, pleading and getting verbally abused can be good for one's career.
In the case of now former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's Press Secretary Matt Szabo, it means that his past exploits of civic begging, pleading civic poverty and playing the role of "John and Ken's "Little Buddy", have earned him a promotion to "Deputy Chief of Staff" as Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa continues his second term reorganization of the Third Floor.
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa made the announcement this afternoon as noted in the Los Angeles Times.
Matt Szabo, senior press secretary to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, was elevated today to deputy chief of staff for the mayor and will act as his point man in crises.
Villaraigosa’s office said Szabo would be one of the mayor’s chief strategists and would report to the Rev. Jeff Carr, who was recently named chief of staff. One of Szabo’s first tasks will be to work with city leaders and labor unions to tackle the city’s worsening financial picture.

Szabo's crisis management skills were put to the test during the "non-permitted" AEG/Michael Jackson Memorial. Szabo pleading civic poverty, establish a "Pay Pal" site to accept donations from the public, which Mayor Villaraigosa panned as ridiculous upon his return from Africa.

Szabo was also the point person in stonewalling requests regarding the public cost of Mayor Villaraigosa's trips to Africa and Iceland. His work in deflecting queries about Villaraigosa's travels no doubt influences these remarks form his boss.

In a statement, Villaraigosa said Szabo “always performed best when crisis called for tough, decisive action. As these challenging times require tough, decisive leadership, Matt will serve as a voice of my administration throughout the corridors of City Hall,” the mayor said.

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

WTF???? This is a joke isn't it? They are fucking crazy. This moron doesn't have a clue how to be a press person now he's promoted. Its the Peter Principle. If this bastard gets a raise we should all be pissed. This gay little woman needs to take off all that makeup and stop getting Botox. Could it be true behind closed doors he's the lover of Mr. Mayor?

The Peter Principle is the principle that "In a Hierarchy Every Employee Tends to Rise to His Level of Incompetence." It was formulated by Dr. Laurence J. Peter and Raymond Hull in their 1968 book The Peter Principle, a humorous treatise which also introduced the "salutary science of Hierarchiology", "inadvertently founded" by Peter. It holds that in a hierarchy, members are promoted so long as they work competently. Sooner or later they are promoted to a position at which they are no longer competent (their "level of incompetence"), and there they remain, being unable to earn further promotions. This principle can be modeled and has theoretical validity. Peter's Corollary states that "in time, every post tends to be occupied by an employee who is incompetent to carry out his duties" and adds that "work is accomplished by those employees who have not yet reached their level of incompetence".

September 11, 2009 3:43 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

OMG this has to be the funniest quote of all by the gang banger Mayor. He is definitely living on another planet if he doesn't know we all made jokes about his gay boy when he was vacationing. GOD HELP THIS CITY IF MATT SZABO IS ALLOWED TO DO ANYTHING BUT PUT ON MASCARA.

.....For the past three years, Matt Szabo has been the voice of my administration in the L.A. media, and always performed best when crisis called for tough, decisive action," Villaraigosa said. "Now, as these challenging times require tough, decisive leadership, Matt will serve as a voice of my administration throughout the corridors of City Hall."

September 11, 2009 3:50 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


September 11, 2009 4:31 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Just perfect, First he appoints the Former Gang Czar who paid gang memebers not to commit crimes in the targeted summer nights program areas and now this.

Good luck LA...

September 11, 2009 5:00 PM  

Blogger Phil Jennerjahn said:

Just when you don't think it is possible to think any worse of Antonio . . .

September 11, 2009 5:05 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

At least he's rewarding loyalty here and Matt's taken a lot of shit for him. Whereas Carr and Carson are both outsiders barely familiar with the city via GPS who haven't done much for the city, are basically unknowns who haven't proved their upto their new jobs.

September 11, 2009 5:28 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Don't these two look CREEPY?

Look at their bug-eyes and Antonio-like fake-white "smiles."

They look like deer in the headlights.

September 11, 2009 5:29 PM  

Anonymous Ricardo said:

Looks absolutely insane. Guess you would have to be nuts to be a toady for Little Tony.

September 11, 2009 7:55 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Villaraigosa's ship is looking decidedly Titanic-ish these days. Most of the old guard have jumped ship and all that's left is steerage. Villaraigosa's a lame duck Mayor, so much like Obama, he doesn't need talent, he needs a bunch of 'yes' men who will tell him he's doing a great job and every thing's just fine. This is the end of Villaraigosa's political career, he knows it, everyone knows it. So he's going to feather his nest, line his pockets and do as many favors as he possibly can before he is forced to leave office. And he needs a bunch of 'yes' men to do it.
Second biggest city in the United States is about to become Las Vegas, Chicago and Hazzard rolled into one.

September 11, 2009 8:25 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The commenters on this blog have one of two diseases, "the deny what history has told us" or the more common " i am a closet racist" sickness that has somehow clouded the once fun debate this blog promoted.

The facts are this... republican dick riordan had 3 chief of staffs in his first term, yet apparently 60 something year old robin kramer leaves after a sucesful first term and commenters say the rats are deserting.

A succesful deputy mayor and ordained reverend gets promoted to chief of staff for reducing crime and gang recitivism and yet that is somehow a bad thing.

A national political strategist who has an itch for political fights is recruited from a stuffy position yet, the conspiracy theorist that reside on this blog and others want to somehow diminish this recruitment as anything but outstanding.

And now the latest placement of matt szabo a longtime former aide to Dick Riordan and Wendy Greuel who isn't even a registered democrat will lead the budget battle for Villaraigosa, yet again because of the short sightedness of this blog it will ignore the qualities and focus on its own ignorant bias.

Have fun.

September 12, 2009 2:58 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I'm happy for Matt.

He works hard and deserves the opportunity to show what he can do.

Is there anyone who can say something positive about people on this blog?

All we hear are complaints and criticisms.

hell, if it is so bad here, move back to whence you came.

Congratulations, matt. Go kick some butt and take some names.

September 12, 2009 8:39 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

258 = Michael Trujillo

September 12, 2009 8:59 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

8:39 AM. You mean. "Lick some butt".

September 12, 2009 10:33 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Tony had to promote Matt. He was so awful at working with media during crisis, what else could he do. At least now he will be insulated beneath Carr, and can't cause any real harm when the sh!t hits the fan in the coming weeks. Face it, Matt has no real talent besides being a bleach toothed mascara wearing yes man. Let him enjoy his ride until we're rid of Tony, and then Matt can stand in the line of the permanently unemployed.

September 12, 2009 10:37 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

2:58, you spin for Villar but while you say Carr, Carson and Szabo are all brilliant choices "leading the charge" whatever, you call Robin "a 60 something" worn out leaving. What did she do to get his staff so mad that you're insulting her as some old hag?

Actually, she LOOKS that old but is only a decade younger, shows that working for Villar must be wearying and turns you gray and old before your time. Kind of like he's looking himself these days. IBEW and Riordan must be a tough bosses.

September 12, 2009 11:24 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

WTF???? Antonio has his spinners come on to do damage control cause I agree his ship is sinking really fast. They are giving Mayor Sam cred posting on here. Whoever posted this is a moron.
""""A succesful deputy mayor and ordained reverend gets promoted to chief of staff for reducing crime and gang recitivism and yet that is somehow a bad thing"""

YOU MORON CARR WAS A DISASTER WITH THE SUMMER NIGHT LIGHTS PROGRAM AND GANGS. He needed a Thomas Guide to find where the gangs were and cops hated his sorry ass for showing up to crime scenes stepping and interferring with their investigation. He's the village idiot. Summer Night Lights in south LA was one of the worst disasters this year buy lazy LA Slimes refuses to report it. South LA gangs contributed to 32 homicides in just two months July and August. You call that SUCCESSFUL???? In fact I know of people are sending letters to Obama's Eric HOlder who praised the program before all this went down to tell them the truth.

September 12, 2009 4:22 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Those are two of the creepiest looking zombies I've seen in a long long while.

September 12, 2009 6:08 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I worked for the Mayor for a short time and I liked Matt just fine then. I liked him when he worked for Wendy too. He's awfully nice and I agree with the way he handles crises and I'm not sure why you're all complaining except that you just complain about anything that happens at City Hall, whether it's valid or not, and trust me... there are very valid things you could complain about.

But somehow, the bloggers on this blog don't always grasp the difference between the serious issues and something like your warped hatred for a spokesperson.

I'll never be the one to point the issues out [that you should be complaining about] to you although I have no real reason not to. I think just because I find so many of you to be so stupid, I can't help you out.

Now I get why Trujillo always ended his posts with "Blog away dum dums"...and no, I never worked with him and no, I'm not him either, just in case that was going to be your next response.

September 12, 2009 10:30 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

To the first poster - you said, what the fuck, fucking crazy, moron press person, bastard, gay little woman and then you went on to wonder if Matt is the Mayor's lover. That was before you went off on your "Peter Principle" tirade.

I ask: Who the fuck can take YOU seriously?! You're a name-calling, mean, more-than-likely living in the closet, bad-mouth, tacky, rumor starting moron.

You suck.

September 12, 2009 10:35 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

4:22PM you are absolutely right!

The Mayor and Carr's Summer Night Lights program was a large part of THE CAUSE of all of these recent shootings and homicides in South LA.

I was around some of those games and hearing some of those games and the "intervention workers". I believe they were not at all telling the police what they knew.

September 13, 2009 12:11 AM  

Anonymous Matt Szabo said:

You know, I'm more than happy to take criticism - I do it everyday.

But those of you feel the need to launch pathetic homophobic attacks should realize that it really undermines the credibility of your other arguments.

And I find it deliciously ironic that you are only willing to throw your gay-bashing stones while hiding behind the skirt of anonymity.

I know it must be terrifying to be so insecure ... but if you are so confident in your statements, then why not take credit for them?

At least this "gay little woman" isn't afraid to be who I am and put my name by my comments.

So come on out of the closet, boys!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend ... I'm off to do my eye makeup.

Blog away, dumb asses.


September 13, 2009 12:25 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

You rock Matt. Congratulations on your new job! I've already defended you here.

I love that you have bigger balls than the supposed straight guys who post here and responded to them, even though I'm staying anonymous because of personal reasons. So I also accused them of being closeted. Why else would they be so obsessed with your life with no good reasons to complain about you? All they could come up with is your handling of the PayPal account. You handled it fine.

Remember, we come here to be reminded how stupid some people are...

Good luck.

September 13, 2009 1:19 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

OMG the Mayor and Matt's defender or maybe should I say groupie is actually get upset with the comments. Haven't they ever heard the saying "thou who protest the loudest...? Please its a fact that Szabo screwed up big time during the Laker Parade. He wasn't even qualified to deal with a major crisis in the Mayor's absence and made Los Angeles look like it was being runned by a bunch of illertate fools. Szabo has a major attitude and not a people person at all. Go to other threads where he is getting the same criticism.

September 13, 2009 7:31 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

7:31 says Szabo "made Los Angeles look like it was being runned by a bunch of illertate fools." OK.

This spate of 3 appointments all look like the people with the slimmest resumes get promoted because if you haven't done much, you can't have taken a lot of heat, and Antonio seems to be shying away from controversy at all costs. That is sad, but blogs like this which dump on and provide a forum for professional whiners to dump on, those who DO put their necks and names out their on the line, NO MATTER WHAT they do, contribute to that.

September 13, 2009 12:44 PM  

Anonymous g said:


September 17, 2009 4:00 PM  

Blogger Lea Szabo said:

I am absolutely disgusted by the responses of hate and bigotry that have been expressed in this blog.

"Mr.Anonymous"... Your ignorance is repulsive and degrading.. I hope that no one ever speaks of your loved ones in the same manner as you spoke of mine. Your insulting, ignorant blogging is not only read by Matt, but his family, as well.

Matt... We love you and are extremely proud of you.

September 22, 2009 1:46 AM  

Anonymous Jenna Szabo said:

I am just so honored that Matt is my big brother. Not only is he successful, but also incredibly witty and brilliant.

It's clear that "Anonymous" is lacking in self esteem. Anyone who completed Psych 101 can see that.

"Bigotry dwarfs the soul by shutting out the truth."

September 22, 2009 2:41 AM  

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