Valerie McDonald, daughter of the late Congresswoman Juanita Millender-McDonald announced her candidacy for Congress this week. Ms. McDonald enters this race with the endorsement of Los Angeles Congresswoman Diane Watson pictured above. I normally like Diane Watson’s judgement and votes, but she also defended the morally bankrupt New Orleans Congressman “Dollar Bill” Jefferson, which, leaves me cold. Rep. Watson’s endorsement shatters the fragile consensus achieved by former Congressman and Lieutenent Governor Mervyn Dymally, one of the last godfathers of California Black Politics, to support Assemblywoman Laura Richardson, a Millender-McDonald protege for this race. No racial group having a majority makes the jockeying for support crucial.
As usual, we ain’t united. Into the rift steps Long Beach City Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske, a former congressional candidate in another adjoining seat. Her website quotes her saying, “This special election is not about left, right or center. And it must not be about the ethnicity of the candidates. This special election must be about addressing the concerns and circumstances of those who live here.” BALONEY,Baby. This special election ain’t bout but one thing: RACE. Let’s not kid ourselves and lose perspective.
“Errbody” got somebody. Now the Asian community needs to put somebody forward and it will really be interesting.