September 28, 2003

LESS PEOPLE THAN YOU'D FIND AT A PEACE MARCH:

Few catch glimpse of Bustamante (VICTORIA MANLEY, 9/28/03, Monterey Sun)

Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante didn't have time for small talk when he dropped into Salinas on his campaign trail Saturday. Not that there were many who seemed to care.

Bustamante, who has mostly run on a "no on recall, yes on Bustamante" campaign for California governor, visited with a small group at a private fund-raiser in a home south of Salinas.

Apparently, anyone not willing to pay to speak with Bustamante was out of luck. The politician arrived in a private jet at Salinas Municipal Airport at 4 p.m., and within minutes of landing was whisked into a black sedan.

He arrived around 4:40 p.m. at the Alisal Road home of Jose L. Alcala, owner of Shorty's Portable Toilets. The chauffeured car was driven to the rear of a roped-off driveway, where Bustamante was escorted to the back door of the house and greeted by paid guests.

The visit to Salinas was the first, and likely the last, for Bustamante while on the recall campaign trail.

Despite assurances that he would address the public and talk to the press, Bustamante was swiftly escorted to rear entrances. Not once did he greet onlookers to answer their questions.

Then again, onlookers were few. Aside from mostly local reporters and a half-dozen Arnold Schwarzenegger supporters, no one seemed to notice or care that Bustamante was in town.


If he weren't a Democrat in CA, you'd have to stick a fork in him.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 28, 2003 2:42 PM
Comments

Does anyone think that Bustamente's seemingly insatiable desire to raise money is leading up to a last-minute dirty campaign move of historic proportion? He can spend five million or so in the last three days. He'll break some laws, but the courts won't cancel the election while reviewing them. Once again the Democrats will break some laws that they championed in the past, but when the smoke clears about the technicalities and legalities, they'll be holding the governor's seat. I'm thinking this will be something that makes South Dakota seem honest. Like a massive organization of illegal immigrants in a driver's license forgery and registration scandal.

Posted by: Matt C at September 28, 2003 9:00 PM

He met with a portable toilet magnate. Can't Cruz at least try to make mockery difficult?

Posted by: AC at September 29, 2003 8:07 AM

Matt:

It's too late. No station will sell him ad time at this late date and it seems unlikely he has the brains to pull off a conspiracy

Posted by: oj at September 29, 2003 9:14 AM

Is it a California law that no candidates get airtime this close to the election?

Posted by: Matt C at September 29, 2003 10:39 AM
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