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Friday, December 03, 2010

Legendary Political Consultant Joe Cerrell dead at 75

Progressive Democrat, Legendary Political Consultant, Longtime City Hall Lobbyist Joe Cerrell dead at 75.
Tributes are lighting up the California political cybersphere, in the wake of the death of Legendary Political Consultant Joe Cerrell at the age of 75, of complications related to pnuemonia. This blogger will remember Cerrell's insightful discussions on the local, state and national political landscape, with the likes of the late great radio and television broadcaster George Putnam, on many a election night via KTTV now Fox News 11, with veteran reporter Tony Valdez moderating.
We received this statement from the office of CD 2 City Councilman Paul Krekorian, who was a former student of Cerrell at USC.
LOS ANGELES – Following the passing of Joe Cerrell Thursday, Councilmember Paul Krekorian released the following statement. Joe passed away at St. John's Pleasant Valley Hospital in Camarillo following complications related to pneumonia. He was 75.

“Joe Cerrell was a friend and inspiration to me for more than 30 years, and I will miss him dearly,” said Councilmember Paul Krekorian. “When I was an 18-year-old student at USC, Joe was my professor and my mentor. When I restarted the first USC Trojan Democratic Club in many years, and served as its president, Joe was my guide, helping to impart the lessons community empowerment that have been the cornerstone of my public service career. Joe was the dean of political consultants and personified honest, ethical and responsible campaigning. While I am deeply saddened to lose Joe, I know that his influence on me and everyone whose lives he touched will never be forgotten and will be his lasting legacy.”

Our prayers go out to the Cerrell Family.

Your thoughts..............

Scott Johnson in CD 14

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

All due respect, Red Spot (even though you rarely show respect for others), if you need to preface the title by telling readers who the person is, they're not known and they're not legends.

For example, would you write "Acting Legend Robert DeNiro dead at _____"???

No, you wouldn't.
I don't know how Joe Cerrell is, and I've been semi-involved in Southern Cal politics for about a decade. And with your tainted credibility, you might want to shore up that sinking ship.

Rethink your priorities. Fool.

December 03, 2010 6:50 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

6:50pm If you have been semi involved in SoCal Politics for any time, and don't know who Joe Cerrell is then you aren't very on top of things.

His company is one of the biggest LA lobbyists in town.

December 03, 2010 7:23 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

7:23, you missed the point.

IF Cerrell was a top-notch player, then Red Spot needn't have introduced him as such, since everyone who is likely to read the blog would KNOW it.

Again, would YOU introduce Robert DeNiro as "Legendary actor, Robert DeNiro?" No. Everybody already knows it.

Thanks for playing.

December 03, 2010 9:16 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

If you work in politics in LA- you know of Joe Cerrell. He was the first modern consultant running the campaigns of Pat Brown, the Kennedy Brothers and many other major Democratic political leaders. His company Cerrell Associates was the first and still the most influential public affairs agencies in California. He has trained or mentored hundreds of public officials, consultants and students.
Legendary is an apt description for Joe, as is pioneering. He was the John Wooden of our profession.

December 03, 2010 9:33 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


I think you missed my point: If you have been working in LA politics for 10 years and didn't know who Joe was, then you are talking out of your ass about working in politics..

December 03, 2010 10:34 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Anyone truly involved in LA politics knew who Joe Cerrell was and what he could do for an aspiring politician. I had the privilege of meeting him recently at an event hosted by Carmen Trutanich; someone introduced me to him saying "Do you know Joe Cerrell?" My response was "Oh yes, Mr. Cerrell, the king-maker, it's a pleasure to meet you." His eyes lit up.

He was a modest man, truly a king-maker and a hell of a nice guy too. He did very well running campaigns for judges - the competition to hire him before your opponent was fierce. He will be sadly and sorely missed. RIP.

December 03, 2010 10:34 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Joe Cerrell dies and still some of you can't avoid to waste your posts calling each other names.


December 03, 2010 11:10 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Yeck. As far as I am concerned, Cerrell's band of lobbyists represent some of the sleaziest of the sleaze of the business and real estate communities. Most seem to have made a pact with the devil and will swim in the river of fire when they join Joe Cerrell.

December 04, 2010 7:20 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Very sincere and clearly heartfelt eulogy from CM Paul Krekorian.

December 04, 2010 11:40 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Joe Cerrell and Cerrell and Associates are responsible for Ricahrd Alatorre & Art Torres, enough said. Like Parke Skelton, Joe play hard and fast with loose facts and stymied a whole generation of Latino leaders.

The objective was always winning, like Nixon and Rove, never about empowering the masses, just the certain few sellouts.

December 05, 2010 5:05 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

This may be the wrong thread but Rudy should investigate just how much influence did Nativo Lopez have in Boyle Heights elections when Huizar won last time around. Now he's been indicted and may go back to jail.

Activist Nativo Lopez threatened with jail by judge
Nativo Lopez is facing eight voter fraud charges related to changing his voting address from his Santa Ana home to the Boyle Heights office of Hermandad Mexicana Latino americana. He is alleged to have voted in L.A. County despite still living in Orange County

December 05, 2010 11:25 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Joe's job was to create winners.

If he had a client that would pay him to empower the masses, he would have done that.

He was running a business, not a charity. He didn't take just any client because they had money.

He did his job well.

December 05, 2010 12:04 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Take a count of how many neighborhoods Cerrell & Associates screwed where their developer client always won over community objections. May he RIP.

December 05, 2010 2:22 PM  

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