On February 12th, 2013, LA Weekly released a piece written by Patrick Range McDonald discussing mayoral candidate Emanuel Pleitez' press conference where he brings out the anti-immigration ties Councilman Eric Garcetti has. Below is an excerpt from McDonald's piece:
"After seeing a bump in his polling numbers among Latino voters, Los Angeles mayoral candidate Emanuel Pleitez is getting aggressive and now looking to beef up that support by bringing the politics of immigration into the fold. Immigration reform is an important issue in the Latino community.
Garcetti contributor, James Harrison, gave money to Republican Arizona Congressman John Shadegg, who clearly did have harsh immigration policies, such as voting in favor of erecting a fence on the American/Mexican border.
Harrison also donated cash to Republican Paul Gosar, who has less than charitable immigration policies. Gosar won his race for U.S. Congress in 2012.
Lastly, Garcetti contributor Michael Meldman gave money to Ben Quayle, the son of former Vice President Dan Quayle. When Quayle was congressman, he supported stiff immigration policies.
Meldman also donated to the 2008, moderate version of John McCain. So that charge by the Pleitez campaign is basically a wash.
What may be more alarming to Los Angeles voters in a heavily Democratic city is that Selby, Harrison, and Meldman seem to really like their Republicans, but they're perfectly comfortable giving cash to Democrat Garcetti. What does that mean?
Also, the Los Angeles Times found a year after Garcetti and the City Council passed the Arizona boycott, the city was still doing business with Arizona companies. Now that seems like better cannon fodder for the underdog Pleitez campaign.
At the City Hall press conference, Pleitez had these strong words to say about Garcetti:
"I'm sickened by the constant pandering by our elected officials to our immigrant communities they've habitually ignored and don't understand." Pleitez added, "We don't need another politician who says one thing and does another."
The candidate also said, 'I would think that Councilmember Garcetti -- who's described anti-immigrant people as 'going off the deep end' and 'forgetting what it is to be American' -- would reject money that came from such people. He should live up to his promise to boycott Arizona's anti-immigrant policies by returning all donations from anti-immigrant supporters.'"
To read the original article visit http://blogs.laweekly.com/informer/2013/02/emanuel_pleitez_eric_garcetti_anti-immigration_donors.php.