Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Oprah Buys Stockton Election

Forbes may not consider her the most powerful celebrity on the planet (that honor was recently bestowed to Jennifer Lopez), but whenever Oprah Winfrey does anything, it's definitely a big deal.

And when the billionaire media mogul makes a completely unexpected move--like getting personally involved in a central California election and donating $10,000 to a 21-year old underdog yet to graduate from college--it's guaranteed to upend virtually every corner of said contest.

The race in question is for the seat on Stockton's city council representing the southernmost district of the 300,000-person metropolitan area. The position is currently held by incumbent 52-year old Republican Dale Fritchen, but is being contested by Stanford senior Michael Tubbs.

The Stockton Record reports:

Tubbs said he gained Winfrey's attention in April when she visited Stanford University, where Tubbs will graduate in June. During a luncheon, somebody mentioned to Winfrey that Tubbs is a City Council candidate back at home.
"She looked at me and said, 'How old are you?'" Tubbs recalled. "She kept coming back to Stockton. 'Tell me about the city.' I told her about the homicides, how the city is broke and the disconnect."

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Pitsch Responds Late, but it's better now than never

By MICHAEL FITZGERALD | Published: MAY 21, 2012 | Leave a comment
Stockton mayoral candidate Gregory Pitsch, responding to a March blog post critical of his inexperience, writes:

“Just to fill you in on a few things. I have governing experience, from joining a young men’s fraternity, DeMolay. I was also A City of Manteca employee for 4 years, mostly in the parks and recreation department as a supervisor, and as a coach at Walter Woodward Elementary. After which I worked a 3 year stretch at Raisch Grade-Way (RGW) Construction as a Junior Estimator, and Take-off engineer. Working at RGW gave me a fresh look at what the General Contractor is looking for, and how they bid Public Work.

”I wouldn’t necessarily say I have no experience, because I am the President of an up and coming Record Label here in Stockton, and an urban Clothing Line. I am doing the best that I can, with the limited resources I have. Please understand, I am not just another young guy in Stockton, I have the drive of a Leader who WILL make a difference in this city.”

“Thank You,

Future Mayor of Stockton Gregory Pitsch.”

I was hard on Pitsch because I have lost all tolerance for the incompetence that brought Stockton to the brink of bankruptcy, the breakdown of municipal services and international shame. Stockton needs seasoned leaders, not dilettantes. But Pitsch has every right makes the case he is a leader.

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