So I’m listening to KFI 640 AM (more stimulating talk radio), and they now have in rotation an ad from the Los Angeles Police Protective League endorsing Forescee Hogan-Rowles for the 8th City Council District.
That’s interesting for a couple of reasons. One, besides myself, I don’t know a whole lot of Black folks who listen to KFI, let alone those living in the 8th District, and that’s just being real. At least not enough to warrant the amount of money being spent on said ad campaign.
Now the ad is all about how current Councilmember Bernard Parks is a double dipper collecting a pension from his time with the L.A.P.D. and also a salary as a councilmember.
For the record, if it were me, I would have chosen one or the other. Probably my pension over the current salary, but that’s me.
However, that’s neither here nor there. What struck me as odd about the ad is that the same people who paid for it and are supporting Forescee Hogan-Rowles are the same people who endorsed L.A. County District Attorney Steve Cooley, another double dipper who lost to Kamala Harris for State Attorney General in November.
Los Angeles, July 28, 2010 – The Los Angeles Police Protective League (LAPPL) today joined other public safety organizations in supporting Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley for California Attorney General.
“Steve Cooley has dedicated his life to protecting the public’s safety. He has been a professional prosecutor for 36 years, a reserve LAPD officer for six years and the Los Angeles County District Attorney for the last decade. It is time that the Attorney General – the state’s “top cop” – be a prosecutor committed to doing the job and supporting law enforcement and enforcing the death penalty, rather than be another politician merely looking to use the position as a stepping-stone for higher office,” said Paul M. Weber, President of the Los Angeles Police Protective League.
“Steve has always worked closely with the police agencies and officers in Los Angeles County as our partner in fighting crime, drugs, gangs and sexual predators. As Attorney General, we are confident that he will continue to do the same. Steve has been a leader in promoting the use of DNA and other new scientific techniques to help solve crimes and has established special units to help the most vulnerable crime victims and has gone above and beyond his call of duty to fight for working people as a district attorney, and we know he will do the same as California Attorney General,” added Weber.
And who could forget that infamous ad during last year’s general election that highlighted not only Cooley’s double dipping, but the fact that he just didn’t give a damn about it either?
Some say that was his downfall and the reason he lost the race to Harris.
So what’s so wrong with Parks’ double dipping that the Los Angeles Police Protective League would change its tune from November–where they didn’t have an issue with it–to today where all of a sudden it would cause them to run ads on a station that doesn’t reach even 10 percent of 8th District voters? Please somebody tell me cause I’m dying to know.
This is an example of why I do not rely on endorsements of any kind to make my mind up on who or what to support during any given election…EVER.