People I know and respect tell me Bob Blumenfield is a nice man who has helped them solve problems for some of the charities they support, some of the causes they believe in and some of the business and union interests that they care about.
But he’s a career politician who never wanted to be anything but a career politician from the age of 12 and never had a job as an adult that wasn’t a political job: Aide to New Jersey Sen. Bill Bradley, aide to Congressman Howard Berman, San Fernando Valley coordinator of Bill Clinton for President 1992 and 1996, California Democratic Party Central Committee member and Assemblyman for a big chunk of the Valley 2008 to present.
That’s his resume of political experience, according to the highly respected non-partisan guide Project Vote Smart.
Under the category labeled “Professional Experience,” Project Vote Smart reports in italics: “No professional information on file.”
That’s right Bob Blumenfield has been on the public dole his entire life, never had a job in the private sector. What life is like for the other 99.9 percent is just hearsay to him. All he knows is what he read in books and the gamesmanship he learned at the feet of other politicians.
What is truly amazing is that his lack of experience was just what the Assembly leadership was looking for in 2008 he became “first, first-term Democratic Assemblymember” ever to be named Chairman of the powerful Assembly Budget Committee and the “first Assemblymember ever to serve as Budget Chair and a member of the Appropriations Committee simultaneously,” according to his official Assembly biography.
In that capacity, Blumenfield is fully responsible for four state budgets that were based on phony revenue estimates and fictitious cuts that jeopardize the future of 40 million Californians for the next generation or beyond.
Even more incredibly, Blumenfield doesn’t just want one political job, a third term in the Assembly, he is running for a second political job as well — Councilman for the Third District in my neighborhood in the Southwest Valley, succeeding Dennis Zine.
That’s about as audacious and arrogant as a professional politician can get even for a two-faced politician who has put self-service and service to special interests ahead of public service.
Based on his failure in public office Bob Blumenfield is not qualified for either job he is running for. His understanding of what life is really like for people who are on their own without a safety net, struggling to make ends meet in tough times is distorted by his years in the underworld of politics.
Get a job, Bob. In the real world where pensions have disappeared and health benefits have been decimated and opportunity no longer is knocking for ordinary people.
Get a job, Bob, and get out of the way of people who want to put public service back into public office.