Man in the middle
In CD 14 today, the bilingual issue proved sensitive to challenger candidate Rudy Martinez in his bid to unseat Councilman Jose Huizar, as Team Rudy issued a press release this morning emphatically stating that Martinez speaks "the language of representation."
Eric Hacopian also has something to say. Presser follows:
RUDY MARTINEZ SPEAKS THE LANGUAGE OF REPRESENTATION
LOS ANGELES, CA (February 7, 2011) – Council District 14 is amongst the most culturally and economically diverse districts in the City of Los Angeles. In a recent L.A. Times article, Councilman Huizar called Mr. Martinez “inept” and said he couldn’t represent the residents of Council District 14 because he only speaks English.
“When I walk and speak to voters every single day, the only language voters care about is the language of representation, of creating jobs, of engaging the community, of revitalizing our business corridors, of expanding youth programs and providing quality city services to all neighborhoods,” said Rudy Martinez.
Council District 14 is fortunate to be represented by many outstanding representatives Governor Jerry Brown, Senator Barbara Boxer, Senator Diane Feinstein, Congressman Adam Schiff, who don’t speak Spanish either. That fact has clearly not disqualified any of these individuals from providing outstanding representation to Council District 14 residents.
“Unfortunately, Mr. Huizar’s bilingual skills have only meant that he has failed our communities in multiple languages,” said Eric Hacopian.
&c. Hacopian is Martinez's lead political consultant.