L.A. CITY HALL: Mayor's race, candidates roll out dueling endorsements, Doug McIntyre column, "Endorsements aren't a vision for L.A."....
* Daily News (Doug McIntyre): "Endorsements aren't a vision for L.A." - "Dueling endorsements take center stage" - From the DN:
The battle for the black vote turned hot and heavy last week as mayoral march madness made the turn towards ugly April, the month when the airwaves and our mailboxes will feature hundreds of negative ads alleging every kind of chicanery and malfeasance.
"Mark Ridley-Thomas backs me!" crowed mayoral candidate Wendy Greuel. "Jan Perry backs me!" answered her rival, Eric Garcetti. "Pffft." Scoffed the City Controller. "I've got our first African-American President, William Jefferson Clinton!" "Carpetbagger!" parried Garcetti. "Bernie Parks is in my camp." "Three words: Ervin Magic Johnson," trumped Greuel.
And thus far the 2013 mayor's race has been "The Battle of the Big Wigs" with the two candidates rolling out one famous name after another but almost no policy proposals, only vague platitudes.
Last week Greuel and Garcetti made their pitch for the African-American vote by rolling out surrogates with street cred amongst voters who have no particular attachment to either candidate.
Earlier, Greuel pitched the business community by touting the endorsement of former Mayor Dick Riordan. Team Garcetti answered with business tycoon, Steve Soboroff.
Cue the banjo music. It's dueling endorsements.................