And, it is all Janice Hahn’s fault since her lawyers picked a fight with Los Angeles Fox Television Channel 11.
Back in the early part of the last decade, America, and especially California, was living high on a speculative real estate bubble. Local and state governments were absolutely awash in tax receipts and felt, you know, we can probably afford just about any crazy idea you can come up with. Councilwoman Hahn became a cheerleader for just about the craziest idea since we decided to turn food into fuel; paying gang members to be ‘gang intervention specialists.’ What could go wrong?
As the above local news report shows, quite a lot, actually. Supporting this program was a dumb move. But, hey, politicians were on something of a spending bender back then, so maybe we can just chalk it up to a ‘youthful indiscretion.’ Dumber, though, and harder to explain away, was Hahn walking out of an interview when first confronted about the program in 2008.
Dumbest of all, though, is Hahn firing up her lawyers to go after the news organization reporting on the story. These Clarence Darrows actually tried to use a “Cease and Desist” threat against a news station…over a news story. This isn’t just dumb, this is a terrible, horrible, no-good, very-bad-day kind of dumb.
But, this is all noise and many of the South Bay voters have already voted by mail – and voted for Craig Huey.
Craig Huey WILL turn out his voters and the economy is so poor and unemployment so high, the race will be close. Folks are going to vote their pocketbooks and for a change.
Plus, the GOTV campaign for Craig Huey which is aided by the California GOP will be awesome.
As, I have said, do not be surprised if Craig Huey upsets Janice Hahn on Tuesday.