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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WeHoOne January 31, 2012 at 02:20 AM
West Hollywood will not forget this? Since when is John Duran West Hollywood? It's another case of his out-of-control ego, although I sometimes wonder if he is on something that takes him sailing outside the bounds of reality. Even though his long, emrarrassing off-topic rants at city council meetings can give me pause, this petty emotional public display & lack of consideration for others is far beyond the pale for an elected office holder. If he doesn't like the way things are done, he should go to the people who set the policies and not the candidates. I'm sure Mr. Duran would find this kind of base & ugly behavior unacceptable at city council meetings and he should set an even higher standard of public behavior & civil discourse for himself. He is shooting at the messenger because he doesn't like the message. Every time Mr. Duran sees and hears a heckler at a public forum, or someone who otherwise breaks the rules of common courtesy & decency and causes an emotional disruption of an orderly event, political or otherwise, he should see a reflection of his own bad, unacceptable public behavior & try to grow up. His behavior here was selfishly crass.
MarkD January 31, 2012 at 03:15 PM
So now BUYING en masse 50 seats in the Democratic Club with a SINGLE CHECK just ONE MONTH before then endorsement votes is "grassroots"? If that's the case, then I guess Meg Whitman and Mitt Romney are also "grassroots." Osborn's tactic in posting this video is foul. Even worse than the baseless claim that someone who doesn't support her is a "misogynist." WeHo voters saw this same trivializing "victim" tactic in the last city council campaign. Here's hoping your as successful as Horvath was.
MarkD January 31, 2012 at 03:19 PM
I guess you're entitled to your opinion, no matter how wrong and misguided it may be. I applaud Duran for standing up to this kind of manipulation and drawing attention to it. I find Torie Osborn's reaction to this -- the "misogynist" name-calling -- to be the real offense here. Osborn's follow-up attempts to capitalize on this by playing the victim is even more disgusting. Nearly as bad as her attempts to exploit the memory of her long-dead friend in WehoNews.
Danielle Jacoby January 31, 2012 at 04:32 PM
MarkD, the "viral" video that Osborn is referring to is the original Vimeo clip by Marta Evry (hyperlinked in the lede), which I was unable to embed here.
MarkD January 31, 2012 at 04:47 PM
Got it, Danielle, thanks for pointing that out for me. I appreciate it. And it puts things in better context. Though my question now would be did the video actually go viral or did Osborn's email fundraising campaign boost the figures. Which is the cause, which is the effect? I don't expect you to answer that. I think readers should ask themselves that.
MarkD January 31, 2012 at 04:49 PM
BTW, deleted my comment/question as you answered it.
Marta Evry January 31, 2012 at 05:53 PM
I posted the video. Although at only a couple of thousand hits, it's not all that viral. One point I want to make. I'm disappointed in club president Lillian Raffel, who made a beeline to the media (including Patch) to complain about her club's endorsement. Raffel failed to mention she not only endorsed Betsy Butler, she was a Butler delegate for the CA Democratic Party. I later learned she didn't even disclose this to club members. She certainly never brought it up at the meeting. Raffel also claimed no one had ever paid for multiple club memberships with a single check before - a claim that proved to be untrue when Patch discovered a candidate for the West Hollywood City Council had done exactly the same thing the year before. At the time, some members and other candidates complained, yet nothing was done to amend the rules. So for Raffel to suddenly yell "foul!" because the candidate she didn't support utilized the same rules isn't just hypocritical, it's unethical. Frankly, the time for Raffel to have voiced concern about a single check paying for multiple memberships was at the time she received the check, not a month later when her candidate lost (perhaps she was hoping the check was for Butler supporters?). For the record, the Raffel cashed the check.
MarkD January 31, 2012 at 07:04 PM
Marta -- you don't specify *which* West Hollywood City Council candidate did this, which I think is a little, well, arch of you. Many of us were just as alarmed with Lindsay Horvath -- backed by John Heilman and Abbe Land -- manipulated the system in the same way. Interesting that Horvath had many of the same supporters Osborn is boasting of -- Ivy Bottini, Sheila Kuehl -- and that the response to the critics is the same -- call them "misogynists" even though they might be supporting another woman. Your claim that the Democratic Club didn't change its rules and, therefore, everything is above-the-board and free and clear doesn't carry a lot of water with those of us standing on the outside watching. We hated the manipulation when Horvath did it, and we don't feel any better about seeing another candidate do it. It's very interesting that, apparently, the Osborn campaign doesn't want people to see the clear parallel to the failed Horvath campaign. Leaving Horvath's name out of your post isn't really covering anything up.
MarkD January 31, 2012 at 07:06 PM
Unless, of course, I'm wrong, and it was actually Heilman or Land who was the council member -- an even WORSE association for West Hollywood voters who are paying attention.
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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