Osborn Turns Video of Duran Outburst Into Campaign Tool [VIDEO]

The 50th Assembly District candidate encourages supporters to watch the now viral video and contribute funds to advance her 'grassroots momentum.'

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.

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jimmy palmieri January 31, 2012 at 08:38 PM
In reality, Osborne purchased her endorsement. What a disgrace. What other "loopholes" that are so clearly unethical, would she pull, if she ever made it into office? She is pathetic a candidate indeed.
Pastor Scott T. Imler February 01, 2012 at 04:58 AM
As a supporter of Torie's candidacy and a friend of John Duran I find this whole endorsement auction demeaning and deleterious to the democratic process. Yes, it's they way it has always been done. That doesn't mean we have to buy into it. Endorsements by individuals are one thing. They are an indices of the depth and breadth of a candidates community support. Endorsements by organizations are another matter born of "corporate personhood" and are by their very nature corruptible. Mayor Duran's outburst, while impolite and perhaps even personally embarrassing, is understandable from a man who has spent his entire professional career fighting for justice, fairness, and equality for the LGBT communities. To be called a "misogynist" by an LGBT candidate must be doubly painful and infuriating. All of this nonsense only speaks more clearly to a broken system and a lazy electorate that would base their votes on endorsements rather than studying the relative positions of the candidates on the issues they care about.
The Man The Myth A Legend in his own Mind February 01, 2012 at 10:03 PM
The Beverly Hills City is now part of the newly formed 50th Assembly District. Torie Osborn, Betsy Butler, and Richard Bioom are the candidates that are in the race. “TORIE OSBORN WILL BE ANOINTED" Bloom might have become a contender. When he made a deal with the devil joining with the developers, he became every woman’s man and every man’s woman and all of his credibility is gone. He is delusional though in thinking the rank and file of Santa Monicans love him. There is a certain reminder of Muammar Gaddafi here, and he sure did receive the full measure of his people’s love. Legislatively, Bloom will deserve the same judgment. This will be a prelude to Bloom’s‘Last Hurrah.’ The political graveyard is filled with hypocrites.” The facts speak for themselves. Santa Monica Mayor Bloom was compelled to moved out of West Hollywood. Bloom got no love from West Hollywood or any other Democratic Club for the simple reason of his known record.He was appointed as Mayor of Santa Monica by other Council Members like him that used his voting position to reward developers that donated thousands of dollars towards his election. If they quack like a Duck then they are a Duck. That being said, Bloom is quacking as loudly as he can.
meister4weho February 01, 2012 at 10:32 PM
It may be legal to buy up memberships, but were the names of those new members included with the check and submitted at least 30 days prior to the endorsement meeting? Just curious.
Roy Rogers Oldenkamp February 02, 2012 at 12:33 AM
Hmmm, wait, "go to the people" -- the candidate is fully aware of the stacking a la Malibu style. Are you saying a candidate cannot be confronted? Only after an election? Let's not lose the narrative here...


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