Will Betsy Butler Survive Anderson Cooper?

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Well, we all know who is President of the United States. But everyone is still on pins and needles (well, everyone who follows local politics) until it’s clear who has won the state Assembly seat for the 50th District.

Santa Monica Mayor Richard Bloom was leading by a couple of hundred votes last time we looked. But absentee and provisional ballots are still be counted, which means incumbent Assemblywoman Betsy Butler may reclaim the seat. Butler has been endorsed by the state and LA County Democratic party organizations.

And she’s also spent more than $1 million on the race, twice the spending reported by Bloom. But some of the bloom was taken off Butler by a recently circulated video clip from Anderson Cooper’s CNN show of several months ago that shows her refusing to comment on her decision not to take a stand on a bill that would have made it easier for school districts to fire child molesters.

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7 years ago

‘Who he smeared?’ That’s called … let’s see now … reporting! Being a slave to union interests should get you fired! You see the uphill battle intelligent voters have to climb since we’re dealing with people like ‘weho.’

7 years ago

“Reclaim” the seat? This never was her seat; a tiny sliver of it overlapped with her old district and she had to move to be in the district.

I didn’t vote for Butler, though it had nothing to do with the CNN piece. She’s been opposed to drug policy reform and seems to be a serial vote dodger.
It’s a shame Equality California and others got behind Butler in the primary. Torie Osborn was by far the most progressive candidate and is a lesbian and longtime advocate for gay rights and AIDS patients.

7 years ago

If Cooper only knew who he smeared. Betsy Butler has been fighting for this man’s rights way before Cooper decided to come out of the closet! Shame on you Anderson!