Torie Osborn doesn't seem too upset about the Mayor John Duran made at last week's Democratic Club endorsement meeting in West Hollywood. In fact, Osborn is now asking the nearly 2,300 viewers of the popular video to pay up.
A recent campaign email titled "VIRAL VIDEO: WeHo Mayor Threatens Me" includes the tagline, "Click here to see the video—and help us turn this shocking incident into a campaign opportunity," linking directly to Osborn's ActBlue fundraising page.
Next to the embedded YouTube clip, a message on the page reads: "Watch the video on the right, and then donate $3 below to help us fight these attacks and advance our grassroots momentum!"
By the time the 50th Assembly District candidate won the endorsement of the West Hollywood-Beverly Hills Democratic Club—at the end of the nearly three-hour meeting on Wednesday—Duran could no longer contain his frustration. Storming out, he said, “West Hollywood will not forget this,” plus a few choice words.
Duran and some other club members saw a recent enrollment of new, pro-Osborn members as a move to stack the endorsement vote in her favor. After the meeting, at which the club voted to endorse Osborn, 43-28, the candidate defended the tactic.
“We’re in it to win it," Osborn told Patch. I have a grass-roots army that’s working with me. ... People joining clubs in order to vote for who they vote for is part of the grass roots. It just is part of the tactics. People do it all the time. I’m proud of my troops.”
A representative from Osborn's campaign did not immediately respond for an updated comment.
West Hollywood is joining the in the November 2012 election due to redistricting. Until then the city is represented by Mike Feuer as part of the 42nd Assembly District.