Santa Barbara Politics, Media & Culture

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Panhandling for Votes

While Loretta Redd hands out red M&Ms and Diane Channing marches through the Westside, their candidate at De la Guerra Terry Tyler tells us he doesn't believe in walking door-to-door? Here's his quote from the News-Depress this morning:

"Knocking on doors and trick-or-treating for votes is not something I am going to do," Mr. Tyler said. "It is an intrusion on people's privacy. I don't like going up and knocking on doors. I consider that to be panhandling for votes."

The obligatory money article came out this morning with few surprises other than the fact that Carlos Quintero has been raising money without a committee. Shouldn't he know better?

In perhaps a subtle outing, the article mentioned Redd's contribution from the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund -- I think the press has been struggling with whether a candidate's sexuality is an issue and how to report it-- but did not mention names of all contributors for other candidates. The truth is that without candidate self-identification, they shouldn't say anything. Who cares anyway? Santa Barbara has had several gay and lesbian leaders and the public doesn't seem to care -- unlike the Democratic Central Committee in Ventura County (according to Congressional Candidate Brett Wagner). Finally, Falcone has reportedly received $5,000 from the Sunset Kidd Sailing Center -- located in the Harbor, an area which benefitted greatly from Falcone's lobbying for funds in the area.

Is it surpising that Mayor Marty "The Slugger" Blum has only $3,000 in the bank versus Ebenstein's $17,000? No, as he can't seem to spend his campaign dollars wisely -- Mayor Blum is a shoe-in.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

How noble of you to out Ms. Redd while implying the News Press did it. You are so high minded.

Fig O'Roa

11/01/2005 8:36 AM  
Blogger Sara De la Guerra said...

Fig O'Roa -- clever name! As I said in the post -- it's all about self-identification and it doesn't really matter to me or I hope others. I don't mean any disrespect to her because, in my book, it's actually a plus. To not talk about it is to sweep it under the rug -- did the NP stop and think? or are they just reporting a contributor?

11/01/2005 8:54 AM  
Blogger David Pritchett said...

Redd already was quite Out already, and if not, the News-Press article did it, not Sara de la Guerra, unless one really thinks a candidate who receives funds from Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund is not gay or lesbian.

The issue in the news article is the source and amount of substantial campaign funds, and whether that contributor is local or not, and what may be expected by the contributor in return.

11/01/2005 9:20 AM  
Blogger David Pritchett said...

The quote from Tyler essentially means that he does not respect the electorate and will not stoop so low to demean himself by bothering to meet real people and discuss issues with them.

He also seems dumb and/or he really is not a serious candidate if he thinks his small ads in the newspaper are the way to garner votes. Regular daily newspaper readers are only 1/3 of the electorate.

What also is intriguing is that the NEWS article by Molina specifically picked a quote that makes Tyler look especially dumb or insulting (per comment above), which seems a strong affront to the editorial stance of the same newspaper. Perhaps the separation of Church and State really is working at the Grand White Lady at DLG Plaza?

11/01/2005 9:28 AM  
Blogger john san roque said...

What bothers me most about the News-Press braintrust is not their editorial stance. They obviously have the right to promote or disparage any issues or candidates they want. One issue that bothers me is their lack of journalistic integrity and the way they regularly manipulate the Letters to the Editor. I have had several letters published in past years, but with pieces critical of the News-Press removed before printing.

In tody's paper, there are four letters published which are critical of Marty Blum (and none in support). What is the likelihood that in this heavily democratic city the NP received only letters critical of Blum? The paper is not content to criticize Blum merely from the bully pulpit of its editorial page. It needs to manipulate the only section of the paper that is designed to reflect the community's voice.

I don't submit letters anymore to the NP. What's the point in having one's thoughts edited for content before being printed? Or having letters selected for printing based on how much they conform to News-Press politics?

11/01/2005 9:37 AM  
Blogger Cannon Presidio said...

Give me a break, Fig....the Victory Fund only gives money to LGBT candidates -- so, she was OUT the moment she cashed the check.

Sara's no slouch either -- by most accounts, she's quite the lady's lady herself. Oops, Sara -- did I just out you?

:-) - CP

11/02/2005 11:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not sure i get it. What is such a big deal that Redd is out. If Redd hides that what else does she not want us to know?

11/02/2005 11:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Mayor Blum is a shoe in". Well no kidding. She isn't running against anyone except a fellow Councilmember. News Press or no News Press it was always Marty running against her constant series of malaprops. It's neck and neck but Marty is sure to win over Marty.

11/03/2005 9:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Blum is lucky and unlucky. She followed one of the great leaders and has not nor will never measure up. But she is lucky that no one with a quarter of a brain ran against her or she would have fallen apart. Too bad Secord is spoiling for a fight with Das rather than the Slugger - would of been fun. Now we need to wait a while for Das to explain to Goleta why he was paid a fortune by developers to fight Goleta Cityhood. Got an answer Das?

11/03/2005 10:10 PM  
Anonymous Tiger or Tigger (depending on the day) said...

Actually I do. I have always supported local governance for the Goleta Valley, but the Goleta NOW campaign left out Isla Vista, mi gente. So I ran one of the two campaigns against that cityhood proposal...the nice one. That was a coalition of enviros and community folks like Harriett Phillips, Ariana Katovich, David Bearman, Steve Jones, etc. There was another campaign apparently run on business contributions, but I never saw that money, otherwise I wouldn't be living in a one bedroom condo! That campaign did get a bit nasty, but of course one of you ANONYMOUS people already knows that, because you ran that campaign! Eh, J?

11/04/2005 7:59 PM  

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