Santa Barbara Politics, Media & Culture

Friday, March 30, 2007

Was Rudy's Fundraiser the Biggest?

Over at the Montecito Journal I was reading how Andy Granatelli and his Sheriffs Council posse were hemming and hawing about the recent fundraiser for Mayor Rudy being the biggest ever in Santa Barbara. Was it really? It seems the Clinton one a few years ago was pretty large too. I'm not so sure it is a harbinger of Republican days to come in Santa Barbara either as Mayor Rudy is pretty middle of the road. For those interested, I saw another post via our friends at edHat at The Average Man -- a relatively new blog that is worth a look see.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why would he come here?

I thought we'd gotten rid of the conservatives, guess there are a few more that we need to run out of town.

3/30/2007 12:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

just try, sugarfoot, just try

3/30/2007 12:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Money is money. Why wouldn't he come here? I understood he stayed at the Andalucia Hotel. Where did the fundraiser take place? Anyone have any more details?

BTW, or maybe not BTW, aside from all of his goofy personal history, he was and is a divisive, hateful egotistical SOB, with maybe a bit of racism in him. Other than that and being a Rethuglican, I still would prefer a poke in the eye with an excrement-laced hot poker to voting for him.

3/30/2007 1:02 PM  
Anonymous sa1 said...

FWIW, In USA Today, a couple of days ago, per the IRS, the top 300,000 have as much wealth as the bottom 150,000,000! Didn't give their political affiliation.

3/30/2007 1:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rudy is no conservative.

3/30/2007 1:22 PM  
Anonymous David Pritchett said...

It was the "biggest" in terms of cash raised, not number of people. Bill Clinton beats that many times over when he visited Santa Barbara in 1996 at Santa Barbara City College.

And the price of admission then to see Bill Clinton: FREE!!

I am predicting right now then when Hillary Clinton visits SantaBarbaraLand to make a withdrawl from the political ATM, the cash raised will exceed that total for "Mayor Rudy" easily.

Of course, all of this reminds us of the cynical and carcinogenic invflence of big donors on politics.

The Independent report on the Rudy visit was rather illuminating on his values and positions:

3/30/2007 4:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

annony 12:19 PM, I wouldn't start to drool so soon. 12:08 PM sounds tongue in cheek. Firefighters are our heroes. Remember that is a family values group having to expose their desperation and hypocrisy. They'll throw money at anything and think the gloss over works. Check out Mrs not-a-cousin-3rd -x's-a-charm and the crown aspirations. No wonder his children won't talk to him. Guili may be the best his party has to offer but it means nothing. The Montecito crowd is as out of touch as he is. Guili's truth is yet to be told. Are you addicted to the corruption?

3/30/2007 4:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He is pro-abortion, but still a repub... yuk!

3/30/2007 4:49 PM  
Blogger cookie jill said...

Ruolph W. Giuliani told a grand jury that his former chief investigator remembered having briefed him on some aspects of Bernard B. Kerik’s relationship with a company suspected of ties to organized crime before Mr. Kerik’s appointment as New York City police commissioner, according to court records.

And, Bernie's off to jail...

Not the best company to keep if you want to be Prez.

3/30/2007 5:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is Andy running (or cookin') the books on this event? If so, Rudy get a reference from ex-Sheriff Anderson, who has some personal experience with Granatelli's bookkeeping skills!

3/30/2007 6:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ironically enough, I think the largest political fundraiser ever (both in terms of individual donations and in today’s dollars) was the Feinstein one at Barney Klinger’s house. This was when the most loyal and active Reagan Republican revolted against the party and decided to go big with Feinstein to humiliate Huffington in his bid for the Senate. They were, of course, successful in helping Feinstein beat him. However, I think in the end he humiliated himself.

3/30/2007 8:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am sure "Republican"-tight Montecito will be awakened by the news day that Rudy only pulled in a paultry $15 mil against Romney's and Clinton's $23 mil (each)--in a week that id's Second-Rate Rudy with some dubious connections and some odd decision-making skills (his wife as a cabinet observer?) As they say in politics, last weekend's toast of the town, is this week's toast!

4/02/2007 9:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Go Obama!

4/02/2007 2:54 PM  

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