TIPOFF WESTLY BUDDY BLOG-BASHING ANGELIDES CAMPAIGN.Byline: RICK ORLOV
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Democratic political consultant Garry South has made no secret of his disdain for state Treasurer Noun 1. state treasurer - the treasurer for a state government
financial officer, treasurer - an officer charged with receiving and disbursing funds Phil Angelides Philip Nicholas "Phil" Angelides (IPA: æn.dʒε.'lid.ɪs) (born June 11, 1953 in Sacramento, California), is a California politician who was California State Treasurer and the unsuccessful Democratic nominee for Governor of California in the 2006 elections. and his bid to become governor.
South, of course, managed the unsuccessful campaign of Controller Steve Westly Steven Paul Westly (born August 27, 1957, in Arcadia, California) is an American businessman and politician. He was the State Controller of California from 2003 to 2007 and was one of the top two candidates in the Democratic primary for Governor of California in the 2006 election. , and so hard feelings are to be expected.
Still, at some point, Democrats are expected to come together and unite behind their candidate.
But South, as a contributor to an online political blog A political blog is a common type of blog that comments on politics. In liberal democracies the right to criticize the government without interference is considered an important element of free speech. , has been repeatedly bashing Angelides, dooming the campaign and the candidate.
``Angelides looks wrong, sounds wrong, is wrongly positioned and is running the wrong kind of campaign,'' South wrote recently.
The Capitol Weekly took note of South's criticism last week and his defense that he was just speaking his mind.
A lot of Democrats are writing off South's comments as just another in a long line of attacks he has made in recent years against other Democrats, including Sen. Dianne Feinstein Dianne Goldman Berman Feinstein (born June 22, 1933) is the senior U.S. Senator from California, having held office as a senator since 1992. She is a member of the Democratic Party. and Rep. Nancy Pelosi.
In the Angelides campaign, staffers are saying there is no sign of panic, even with polls showing Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger moving far ahead in public approval ratings.
The main problem, they argue, is a gap in fundraising. Schwarzenegger has been able to focus and spend all the money he has raised on his general election bid, while Angelides had to also battle Westly in the Democratic primary.
Angelides advisers are urging him to stay on his message and hope that Schwarzenegger begins to feel some heat from Republican conservatives -- who are not pleased with the governor's position on illegal immigration and gay marriage.
The hope is that Republicans will either force the governor to adopt more conservative views -- bringing Democrats back to Angelides -- or face the prospect of GOP voters staying home on election day.
The governor has taken a lot of heat over the past week on the immigration immigration, entrance of a person (an alien) into a new country for the purpose of establishing permanent residence. Motives for immigration, like those for migration generally, are often economic, although religious or political factors may be very important. issue -- particularly on talk radio. What remains to be seen is if it is a one-week issue or lasts through the summer.
It was a brief moment of victory for Los Angeles school The Los Angeles School of Urbanism is an academic movement emerged during the mid-1980s, loosely based at the University of Southern California and UCLA, that poses a challenge to the dominant Chicago School of Urbanism. officials last week.
Hammered almost daily by critics and the effort by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to wrest wrest
tr.v. wrest·ed, wrest·ing, wrests
1. To obtain by or as if by pulling with violent twisting movements: wrested the book out of his hands; wrested the islands from the settlers. more authority over its operation, the district was able to play ``gotcha'' with the mayor.
As he works to revise state legislation that would give him more control over Los Angeles Unified, Villaraigosa has been trying to keep a tight lid on the language of the proposed changes as they are circulated to various parties.
But school officials got a copy and selectively leaked it, forcing the mayor to speed up his plans on how to deal with the proposed changes and stem some of the criticism from other cities.
More changes in the bill are expected to be released this week.
The only question now is who will reveal them first.
Assistant Police Chief George Gascon Gascon
inhabitant of Gascony, France; people noted for their bragging. [Fr. Hist.: NCE, 1049]
See : Boastfulness said farewell to the city last week, but he made it clear he doesn't plan to stay away long.
Gascon, effusively ef·fu·sive
1. Unrestrained or excessive in emotional expression; gushy: an effusive manner.
2. Profuse; overflowing: effusive praise. complimenting Villaraigosa and Police Chief William Bratton, is headed to Mesa, Ariz., where he will be that city's police chief.
``Chief Bratton is the right man, in the right job at the right time,'' Gascon told the City Council. ``But I hope I will be back here in six years answering your questions.''
Bratton's contract for a second five-year term is up for consideration this coming year, and Gascon is one of a number of top brass who are already lining up to succeed him in 2012.