Desperate Tom LaBonge Dirties Himself with Last-Minute Smear Campaign
by Ron Kaye March 5, 2011 9:40 PM
I was going to let this go because last-minute smear tactics
on the weekend before voters go to the polls is distasteful, a
violation of journalistic ethics that I've only seen violated once in
the mainstream media when the LA Times exposed Arnold Schwarzenegger's
sex life at the end of the Gray David recall campaign.
He's resorted on the campaign's final weekend to
robo-calls to thousands of his constituents using Gov. Jerry Brown and
former Mayor Richard Riordan to falsely defame challenger Stephen Box.
is no tax lien against Box and LaBonge is not the only Democrat
involved in the campaigns by Box and Tomas O'Grady. Besides, it's a
Now I find in my email a blast from Carolyn
Ramsay, LaBonge's deputy chief of staff, who without identifying her
role on the city payroll, is urging voters to re-elect her boss (Ramsay-LaBonge.rtf)
I can't help but wonder how many of the email addresses she sent this to were acquired in her official capacity.
argues that her boss isn't responsible for public services being
slashed and the city being broke, which may have a small amount of truth
in it since he rarely understands what he's voting on.
her email by saying, "Vote for Tom LaBonge because Tom LaBonge works for
us" -- actually, she works for Tom LaBonge is more like it.
you want to know who to vote for, you just need to watch this short
video clip of the single best moment of the seven races for City Council
seats, Stephen Box's great "Titanic" closing statement at a forum last