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3 Debates Among Candidates to Replace Waxman to Be Streamed Live Today

Thirteen of the 16 will participate. Two biggies, however -- Los Angeles City Controller Wendy Greuel and Sen. Ten Lieu -- are noticeably absent from the lineup.

Patch file graphic.
Patch file graphic.

A series of three debates involving 13 of the 16 active candidates in the race to succeed retiring Rep. Henry Waxman will be streamed live today.

The two best-known candidates in the 33rd Congressional District race, former Los Angeles City Controller Wendy Greuel and Sen. Ten Lieu, D-Torrance, will not participate in the debates. There was no response to emails sent to both campaigns seeking an explanation about why they chose not to participate.

The debates will be streamed simultaneously on The Young Turks Network website, TYTNetwork.com, and its YouTube channel, youtube.com/user/TheYoungTurks.

Following the conclusion of the third debate at 3:30 p.m., all three will be posted on the network's YouTube channel.

Cenk Uygur, a former host on Current TV and MSNBC, will moderate all three debates from The Young Turks Studio in Culver City.

The candidates in the district that includes portions of the South Bay, Westside and San Fernando Valley, were randomly divided into three groups.

The first debate will be held from 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. and involve Democrats Vince Flaherty, a producer/entrepreneur/historian; Kevin Mottus, an environmental health advocate; and Zein E. Obagi Jr., an educational equality advocate; Republican Lily Gilani, a lawyer/CEO; and Marianne Williamson, an author and entrepreneur who will not have a party preference listed beside her name on the June 3 primary ballot.

The second debate will be held from 12:45-1:45 p.m. and involve Libertarian Mark Matthew Herd, a neighborhood council board member; and Democrats Kristie Holmes, a social worker/professor, and David Kanuth, a defense counsel/entrepreneur.

The final debate will be held from 2:15-3:30 p.m. and involve Republican Elan Carr, a criminal gang prosecutor; Tom Fox, a lawyer, who will not have a party preference listed beside his name on the ballot; Democrats Matt Miller, a public radio host; Barbara L. Mulvaney, a human rights attorney; and Green Party candidate Michael Ian Sachs, an environmental technician.

Before the debates, Williamson is scheduled to campaign with former Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, and his wife, Elizabeth, a food safety activist, at 10 a.m. at The Full Circle at 305 Rose Ave. in Venice.

The Kuciniches endorsed Williamson in February.

"Marianne is needed in Congress," Dennis Kucinich said in his endorsement. "She will stand for peace, civil liberties and sustainable policies on issues ranging from food to the economy."

Williamson is scheduled to speak at Wanderlust Yoga on the Santa Monica Pier at 1:15 p.m.

She was endorsed Thursday by television producer/director Brent C. Roske, a  candidate with no party preference, when he announced he was ending his campaign. Roske's name will remain on the ballot because he dropped out after they ere printed.

Williamson was endorsed Friday by EVOLVE, a group of Bay Area activists.

Carr was endorsed Friday by talk show host Dennis Prager, who praised him as "that rare person who embodies what good people of both parties most admire in an American -- courage.

"He has walked the walk in defending America against real evil abroad and as a gang prosecutor in defending American against evil at home," Prager said on his nationally syndicated radio program, referring to Carr's service in the U.S. Army in Iraq.

"In a time of increasing cynicism regarding our political institutions, this brilliant and idealistic man can help rekindle faith in those institutions."

Lieu was endorsed by the Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters on Thursday.

"Ted Lieu has been a long-standing advocate for working men and women at the local level and in Sacramento," said Randy Thornhill, the council's vice president.

"He knows the issues that are important to carpenters -- job creation, training, public safety and a healthy environment. He will continue to fight for these issues and for working families in Congress."

--City News Service


venicebeachpress.com May 11, 2014 at 05:13 AM
Good luck finding it online without a subscription. Here's a sample of what you might have missed. We will upload more as time permits. Two Democrats Wendy Creuel and Ted Lieu did not participate. Why should they, they intend on buying this race, not earning it. http://youtu.be/tw0l60Rnbqk
Lorelei Shark May 11, 2014 at 11:08 AM
Lieu and Gruel are just too important for an internet based broadcast such as this one. They are old-time politicians lost in the past... I have no room in my universe for candidates like them.
venicebeachpress.com May 11, 2014 at 12:29 PM
Yes we could talk about how Ted Lieu and Wendy Gruel COMPLETELY blew off the candidates whose votes they are asking for by not showing up for the only REAL debate (and not a very good one at that) Or we could talk about how the LA Times endorsement is really just a coverup to get you to believe the Times is fair and balanced but they continue to push Ted up the ladder. You must have noticed Lieu's resume on Millers endorsement page, not an accident. You will rarely see Ted out of an article on this race but you will see key candidates not in the media. Don't worry this happens all the time, just watch fox and cnn and what they did to keep Ron Paul out of the media. But forget all that. It's time to send a message to Washington, that we are done with Bush AND Obama. Send an experienced candidate from the fastest growing third-party. Send one of only 3 electeds in the race. Herd organized the #1 Neighborhood Council in Los Angeles, was elected and re-elected to it. HERD has dealt with developers, business owners, homeowners, renters, and everyone else as a Councilman in Westwood. He fought against billboard blight, agaisnt commercialization of parks and for historical preservation. He even helped pass stop fracking and gmo labeling measures through the Westwood Council. Gruel and Lieu did nothing to represent their constituents opposition to fracking and support for gmo labeling. Lieu helped pass legislation allowing virtually UNLIMITED fracking in CA and Lieu voted to triple your car tax, oh yes! Wendy, Marianne, and many other candidates say they want money out of politics while they send millions of dollars worth of post cards to your home with pictures of hypocritical candidates holding babies in another attempt to buy an election. Herd has helped ALL the schools in his district gain funding for underfunded programs. He helped fund programs at the Westwood Library, Emerson Middle School, Fairburn Elementary and Warner Elementary School. Send someone who, like Ron Paul, believes in the constitution. Someone who wont vote to send Afghanistan 85.5 billion of your tax dollars like the dems AND reps did last year. Someone who will join Rand Paul's fight to stop nsa domestic spying, unlike dems AND reps who CONTINUE to support it!!! Vote for Libertarian candidate Mark Matthew Herd on June 3rd for Congress 33rd!!! www.VoteHerd.com

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