Oops, the lady in question doth protest too much, claiming she misspoke when she begged for and got the mayoral endorsement Tuesday of Maria Elena Durazo’s County Federation of Labor with the help of union boogeyman Brian D’Arcy.
LA Weekly’s Gene Maddaus reported at 5:15 p.m. that he got an audio recording of Wendy Greuel telling the unions: “I’m gonna stand with labor, not stand up to labor.”
At 6:30 p.m., Greuel called Maddaus to amend her remarks, claiming that her script prepared in advance read: “I’m gonna stand with labor, not stand up to labor by demonizing them.”
“That was what I had in my remarks. When I said them, I forgot that part of it,” Greuel said. “The way it was paraphrased was not how I meant it.”
She’s gonna “stand with labor” but she’s not going to stand up to labor “by demonizing them.” So how is the lady who denounces her opponent, true blue liberal Democrat Eric Garcetti as if he were one of the Koch brothers going to “stand up to labor”?
The answer, of course, is she isn’t. She’s not going to stand up to unions — all of them coming up for new contracts — that are pouring millions of dollars into her campaign with the same expectation that so many in the business community are: Greuel is the sure bet to get spectacular returns on their investments while Eric Garcetti can’t be trusted because he has a mind of his own and sometimes changes it.
Labor is making her dream come true, and she will make their dreams come true even if it bankrupts the city and costs their members their jobs.
To this point, she has not offered even a single specific about how she’s going to clean up the budget deficit, or pave the streets, or restore parks and library hours or pay for the 2,000 more cops she’s gonna hire.
Garcetti has done no better and his record as Council President for six years before and during the economic crisis was disastrous, one-time fixes to the budget, hot air and smoke concealing the failure to come to terms with reality and pious declarations that were idiotic like City Hall is a “temple of democracy” when it’s just a failing political machine.
The scene of Greuel’s unconsciously blurting out the truth about where stands came during the endorsement meeting with the Federation of Labor where DWP union boss D’Arcy was throwing around his ample weight in support of her just as he is spending millions to buy the election for her.
Pushed by Maddaus to answer questions about what voters might think, she said: “I do stand with labor, but we’re not always going to agree… I would say the same thing to the Chamber of Commerce.”
So the question is if she stands with labor and she stands with the Chamber, when and how can she stand with the city’s four million people, the vast majority of them not labor or the Chamber.
Could it be that Wendy actually stands for nothing, could it be that she really is the “easiest to manipulate” as so many of her prominent supporters describe her in defending their backing?
The clock is ticking and hopes for tomorrow being a better day for L.A. are fading.