Councilwoman Jan Perry called out the leader of IBEW Local 18 today, saying that a union-backed campaign against Bernard Parks is nothing more than a "massive, ridiculous tantrum."
Two union groups have so far spent
$192,000 $207,000* to defeat Parks in the city election on March 8. The L.A. County Federation of Labor and Working Californians have a long list of grievances against the pro-business councilman, and are supporting challenger Forescee Hogan-Rowles.
Speaking today at the L.A. Current Affairs Forum, Perry argued that Brian D'Arcy, the business manager of IBEW Local 18, is waging a personal vendetta against her council ally.
*Another $15,000 since lunch.
They say, 'Oh yes, he'll win. We're just trying to teach him a lesson,'" she said. 'It's a candidate that they themselves don't believe to be extremely viable."
"This all goes back to Brian basically not getting his way and he's acting out," she said. "It's a massive, ridiculous tantrum."
Perry said she had heard labor leaders acknowledge that Hogan-Rowles doesn't have much of a chance against the well-known incumbent.
"We want to let voters know that Forescee Hogan-Rowles understands what it takes to get people working again. As CEO of a local financial institution, Forescee has helped small businesses succeed by providing loans where big banks wouldn't, so local entrepreneurs could grow and create jobs. Forescee Hogan-Rowles has been a trailblazer in breaking down barriers and expanding opportunity for our community."Parks has far outraised Hogan-Rowles. She reported bringing in only $17,000 last year, and is not well known in the district.