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A thing for Eileen, but not for today's candidates

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I was in a discussion today about the mayoral candidates and reminded about Eileen Anderson, the Mayoral candidate in 1993 who wore a bikini to garner media attention, and who also occasionally burst into song.

I know our Mayoral challenger candidates today don't deserve to be yoked to Eileen Anderson. There are no challengers in this mayor's race remotely comparable to her. Our challengers today show up in suits and ties to debates and they all speak to the City's issues with passion. Some have distinguished military service, some represent formidable business clients, some know all the City's Department heads by sight. And none of them has yet broken out in song while debating other candidates.

And later I did note in an old Rip Rense article something about the 1993 Mayor's race that I hadn't recalled:

Even Eileen Anderson, the singing bikini candidate, bagged a Times op-ed to present her case in the 1993 race.

Yes, a woman in a bikini who occasionally sang her position papers fetched more media traction than today's candidates are permitted.

Rip Rense, who puts his old columns up for perusal, even went so far as to endorse her that year.

We also find in Rense's old Times column---he endorsed her, by the way---that Ms. Anderson, courageous, terminally ill at the time of her candidacy, made a memorable appearance on Bill Rosendahl's old cable show. That's Bill Rosendahl, now the popular westside Councilman.

You just never know in California where the leaders are going to come from.