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Fri Apr 13, 2012, 03:52 PM

LA radio host confronted DWS over choosing Villaraigosa as (D) convention chair

http://podfuse-dl.andomedia.com/800185/podfuse-origin.andomedia.com/citadel_origin/pods/KABC/KABC-AM/DM_402_8AM.mp3

Interview from KABC-AM's McIntyre in the Morning from Monday starts at 13 minute mark of this MP3 file. In fact, a partial clip of the interview was posted to YouTube by channel "GOPICYMI" and has nearly 250,000 views as of now.



Basically the host, Doug McIntyre, asked DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz questions about the local dislike of Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa over the city of Los Angeles not paving the sidewalks, the progressive alt publication LA Weekly dubbing Villaraigosa the "11% mayor", Los Angeles magazine's "failure" cover, and Villaraigosa bundlers being convicted of crimes (such as Norman Hsu). Sadly, DWS fed the right wing red meat by evading the questions and reverting instead of empty PR talking points about Villaraigosa being "effective" and a "grassroots leader".

Before you accuse me of being a Tea Party operative, note that even DUers expressed disappointment in the choice of Villaraigosa. And this interview isn't helpful at all. It's been summarized and embedded on all the right wing blogs where the comments sections are the typical hate-fests and even misogyny fests Historically, the Natl. Convention has chosen from at least the state level of government as chair. For example, state governors in 1984, 1992, and 2004 and the Speaker of the House in 1980, 1996, and 2008. Never before has a city mayor been chosen as the chair.

And McIntyre is actually a centrist, not a conservative in the sense of Sean Hannity or Mark Levin (whose programs are on KABC); in the interview he also criticized the Citizens United decision after DWS brought that up. In 2006, he controversially wrote a column "An apology from a Bush voter". Before doing talk radio, McIntyre was a screenwriter and producer during the '80s and '90s; his credits include Full House and WKRP in Cincinnati.

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