There is never a shortage of cynicism and hypocrisy during election season. Yet, this year there seems to be an abundance of disquieting events not seen for some time. While the disgraceful nadir of ethics at City Hall is setting the bar quite low, in this election we may be taking the bar to the ground—there will hardly be room for a slug to go beneath it.
First, there were the absurd charges against Dave Cortese. Then, although supporting the concept and, indeed, the funding of a Grand Prix race, the Chamber of Commerce, who spoke loudly in favor of that very subsidy, has now attacked, in a number of mailers, Vice Mayor Cindy Chavez in direct and explosive language. It is not the accuracy of the charge that is in question—she orchestrated much of the vote and was in favor of the race—but the simple fact that the Chamber, for the political benefit of God knows who, now assails what it supports. Perhaps they have little confidence in their chosen candidate, Michael Mulcahy, and feel a bit of buyer’s remorse that they deserted the redoubtable Chuck Reed. Silly season has descended into panic season.
There are many crocodile tears being shed by friends of Cindy Chavez—elected officials, endorsers and, more hypocritically, by the labor movement and Democratic officials who raised not a peep when card clubs directed laundered money to some Democratic candidates in years past, as well as to the cherished tactic of the character assassination of many good people by the Democratic establishment and their anointed candidates. In order to have any credibility in such moralizing, the same standard must be applied by big labor to friend and foe alike. It seems that they are too busy cutting deals with the developers that stand to make Halliburton-type profits from the unholy alliance with labor. It is very questionable what values they stand for any more.
The Fair Political Practices Commission found the Democratic activists and their allies in big labor guilty in the past, and fined them for those transgressions. The complaint was filed by community leader, Mike Fox Sr., and Councilman, now Deputy DA and mayoral candidate, David Pandori. Just like in a good mystery, all the strands seem to come together in the last scenes.