California needs Phil Angelides. Enough of the actor turned politico who’s sold out the people of California over and over again to be party to BushCo style ‘cut and run’ politics. Arnold Schwarzenegger has sold California down the river of denial and it’s time to terminate his run in the Governor’s mansion.
In Pasadena on Monday, Democrats pulled out all the stops for Phil Angelides with a “cast of party all-stars” at Pasadena City College. It was quite an event, the turn out was so high that many attendees were in an overflow room watching live feed video of the event.
John Kerry, L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, state Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez and Senator Barbara Boxer were all there for a town hall meeting, turned rally that drew Democrats from around the Los Angeles area and some 370 PCC students. The bottom line of the event that focused on education was Arnold Schwarzenegger does not have Californians best interests in mind — especially college students and students preparing to start college in the next year.
Barbara Boxer told the enthusiastic crowd, “It’s not enough to have a governor that acts like a Democrat on Election Day. Phil Angelides will be a Democrat every single day.”
Phil Angelides spoke to the crowd about his plan for education reforms, including a “repeal of college tuition increases enacted under Schwarzenegger and an expansion of financial aid programs.”
“There are a lot of people counting on us: the millions of kids coming after you,” he told the crowd, adding that government must do more than “just lavish more on those who have the most.”
Cortney Fielding staff writer for the San Gabriel Valley Tribune (and the Pasadena Star News) reports that “while the students showed proper enthusiasm for Angelides by waving his signs and wooing and booing at the right places, the energy in the room clearly belonged to Kerry.”
He took the stage to roaring applause and left it only to be mobbed by students and reporters.
Kerry charmed the crowd with tales of surfing at Mission Beach and got laughs for a series of one-liners, including telling the crowd he had just returned from Texas, “Where the president used to live – now he lives in a state of denial.”
Kerry then told the students that if they were able to navigate the education system, they could get comfortable jobs – “If you don’t, you get stuck in Iraq,” he said to a mixture of laughter and gasps.
Talk about speaking the stark truth to students who want more out of life. The education system in California is a mess, especially in L.A. County. Each day I pick my daughter up at school I see the recruiters leaving, smiling because they have snagged another kid who’s trapped by the system and sees no future other than enlisting. It shouldn’t be like this. A 50% drop out rate is unacceptable. What is the bottom line for these kids, a job at McDonald’s or Iraq. Kudos to Kerry for delivering a wake up call to the young voters at the rally (wingnuts are all wet on their claims).
There’s one week left until the Nov. 7 election. Today was part of a whirlwind stumping tour for Phil Angelides, as “he tries to close in on Schwarzenegger.” Some polls show Arnold 18 points ahead.
California needs a change and the change won’t come from Arnold’s born again liberal Republican tactics he’s been pulling to woo moderates in recent weeks. He’s no moderate, he’s a Bush Republican.
The gap may look insurmountable but together Californians can turn the tide for Phil. We need to do this for California, for our kids and for their future. That’s it in a nutshell.
“We are all going to be judged in history,” he said, “by how we are willing to stand our ground when it’s toughest.”
Afterward, students said they were pleasantly surprised with Angelides – although many said they would have voted for him regardless.
“It made me feel better about giving my vote to him,” Kandist Mallett said. But she added, “The highlight was definitely John Kerry.”
I’ll have more tomorrow on the event — in the meantime, the piece from the San Gabriel Valley Tribune caught my eye…
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UPDATE 2: The transcript of John Kerry’s speech at Pasadena City College is available here. People twisting this into something more that it is need to read that transcript and watch the Video of his speech here.