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The 4:20 candidate


JM, Honestly, now..., 2.12.09

Craig X. Rubin, beyond-longshot candidate for Mayor, blew into Groundwork downtown like a puff of smoke. He had a pocketful of rapid-fire soundbites. "Measure B forces the DWP into a bad business deal, so it will have to be privatized later." Nobody against B has put it so succinctly to date.

That's not the only one. "The Mayor? There's anger out there. Latinos just feel like he's using them." "The guy lies about everything." "Really, crime is down? Ten murders in Compton in ten days. It still feels like a violent region to me."

If the Mayor has been dismissive of his challengers, Rubin is one candidate who returns the favor.

"He's not a leader, he's a follower, chasing more important Democrats around the country. He's not even here enough to influence people."

Craig X. Rubin, a pastor and former comedian who knows staccato dialog, should be writing copy for everyone else in the race. More on Rubin's special relationship to decriminalizing marijuana here.