Bloom Prevents Butler from Getting Endorsement

At the West Hollywood Beverly Hills Democratic Club meeting, 50th Assembly district candidate Betsy Butler fails to get enough votes to win the club's endorsement as Richard Bloom supporters turn out for the meeting.

Santa Monica mayor Richard Bloom had a surprise victory of sorts in his race for the 50th Assembly District.

Bloom’s supporters managed to prevent Betsy Butler, the other candidate for the seat, from receiving the endorsement of the West Hollywood-Beverly Hills Democratic Club at its endorsement meeting on Wednesday night.

There were 43 voting members present at the meeting: 25 voted to endorse Butler, 17 voted against it and 1 abstained. The club’s bylaws state that the candidate must receive 60 percent of the vote of the members present to win the endorsement.

With 43 members present, Butler needed 26 votes to win, but only received 25. Therefore she did not receive the endorsement.

The club voted to hold another endorsement vote at its Sept. 19 meeting.

“I think it was a very positive turn of events,” Bloom told Patch. “We were able to block Betsy Butler’s attempt to get the endorsement, so this is a very positive.”

This was the second time Butler failed to get the club’s endorsement. , amid much controversy.

However, So the November race is between Butler and Bloom.

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Ed Buck July 22, 2012 at 04:35 PM
MAJOR CORRECTION; Bloom did not receive a single vote at this meeting. The question being voted on was to approve the endorsement of Betsy Butler. Most (25) voted yes. Of the 17 who did not vote yes, several stated that they wanted more discussion but were inclined to vote for Butler. There was no motion to endorse Bloom, so on one could have voted for him. And if there had been a motion for Bloom, it would have failed by huge margin. For Bloom to be claiming this as a sort of victory is like the Republicans in congress beating their chests because they prevented anything from getting done.
Manny July 22, 2012 at 06:05 PM
This endorsement doesn't really matter one way or another.
James F. Mills July 23, 2012 at 01:11 AM
Thanks Ed. I've corrected the wording.
anne grannysmith July 23, 2012 at 04:51 AM
Semantics! The carpetbagger who DOES NOT represent West Hollywood or Beverly Hills and mistakenly opened her office in THE WRONG DISTRICT could not get the endorsement and will not. Kind of pathetic that she has to attempt it a 3rd time!
Ed Buck July 23, 2012 at 05:29 AM
Sounds like anne grannysmith has her panties in a bunch. Perhaps she can come out from behind the pseudonym and tell us who she (or he) supports. Oh, I'm guessing that it was supporting one of the losers. Bitter, party of one, your table is ready.
Ari Ruiz July 23, 2012 at 06:25 PM
Another correction: Torie Osborn finished fourth in the June 5th primary, Mr. Brad Torgan finished third.
Sandy Pawliger July 24, 2012 at 04:31 PM
why is anyone bothering commenting on this crap - the dudes at patch couldn't get a story right if their lives depended on it. See this on UFOs they created out of sky-writing and below for even more egregious journalistic sins - patch is a little patchy when it comes to facts. http://www.laobserved.com/archive/2012/07/traffic_building_the_patc.php#.T_y24zpZa7Q.twitter http://www.wehonews.com/z/wehonews/archive/page.php?articleID=7077
Sandy Pawliger July 24, 2012 at 10:35 PM
who is Anne Grannysmith and why won't he/she man up and tell us?
Ryan Gierach July 25, 2012 at 03:18 PM
hey gang - please don't demean the folks at Patch. They do the best they can and we all make errors. Holding them to account is one thing; calling them names (especially when you're unwilling to name yourself) is another.


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