Tuesday, October 30, 2012
ANC Board Members' Candidate Selection Committee At Work
It is a crime to offer someone anything of value to enter or exit a political race. Several of you have speculated why Republican Greg Krikorian is running for State Assembly. Is it a mid-life crisis for a 49-year-old? Possibly. A quixotic bid by an irrational extremist? Perhaps. But tipster "Peter" has another theory. He believes that Krikorian was allegedly offered financial help to enter the race against Democratic incumbent Mike Gatto.
Normally, this would not be a theory worth repeating. We get hundreds of tips, and we are pretty choosy with what we post. But when we combine this tip with the scores of other tips we received earlier this year -- that members of the Armenian National Committee allegedly offered political favors, endorsements, and cash -- to prospective Gatto challengers, and we have a lot of intersecting yet independent tips. These previous tipsters name names: they allege evidence of two separate candidates, one politically accomplished female, and one neophyte male, who were offered enticements to challenge Gatto.
And it just makes sense. So much sense now, that we wish we thought of it ourselves. Think of it: Greg Krikorian's household declared bankruptcy for running up credit-card debt last year. He works for his daddy in a failing printing business, and doesn't make much money. He decides to challenge a popular incumbent, Gatto, who in 2010 won races by 10 points (April), 17 points (June), and then 22 points (November), in a district that is 75% the same.
Further, members of the ANC have gone around town telling people that they "want to get Gatto's attention," because he has "ignored them." Still others have said that they want to "test the high water mark" of the Armenian vote. They have gone out of their way to create a bogeyman in Gatto, to no avail. He maintains a solid record of pro-Armenian-community legislation, and a constituent-service program that earns him thousands of Armenian votes.
Pity Greg Krikorian. If he did not receive something of value to enter the race, he is being used and abused. A pawn in a game by people who won't be much use if they are put in jail. (More on that later).
Posted by Burbank Blogger at 1:17 AM