David Markland at Metblogs has asked his readers to vote for "anyone but Antonio" in the election March 3.
Its highly unrealistic that any one of these candidates will come close to beating Antonio, but if our incumbent mayor doesn’t receive at least 50% of all votes, we head into a runoff election… a result that might actually deflate Antonio’s ego a bit, and have him actually pay attention to his constituency a little more.
For this to happen, all Angelenos need to do is head to the polls March 3rd and vote for anyone BUT Antonio...
But the Mayor's office has been even trickier than that. Antonio's consultant Ace Smith recently explained to the Times, "We're not going to debate Walter Moore, we're not going to debate Lyndon LaRouche either."
By pretending that Moore is the only formidable Mayoral candidate, Smith has denied democracy to Los Angeles.
Moore has his problems, but he is compounding problems with media coverage of candidates because of his relationship to the registration drive to qualify Special Order 40 on the ballot. When the measure fell short by over 50,000 signatures and Moore's team subsequently blamed the City Clerk, they lost all credibility with local media.
But unfortunately, with Moore dropping off local media radar, all the other candidates in the race did too.
Now we see local media beginning to do the due diligence on the other candidates that they should have done months ago. David Hernandez and Phil Jennerjahn, the two challengers with the most formidable organizations after Moore, have been in the race for months now. As has Zuma Dogg, who fetches some media attention all on his own.
When the LA Times editorial board recently declared that interviewing other candidates "veers towards pointlessness", they did an enormous disservice to the Democratic process in Los Angeles. That other media have followed their lead has been equally shameful.