West Hollywood residents woke this morning to a Los Angeles Times article also questioning why West Hollywood council member Lindsey Horvath scrubbed West Hollywood from her campaign bio, calling the move “a strange read.”
West Hollywood Council Member Lindsey Horvath’s campaign updated the bio on her website, lindseyhorvath.com earlier this year. Community members noticed West Hollywood was missing in the revamped version, as well as Horvath’s progressive accomplishments, such as her “long history of civic and social justice advocacy” and “her work advancing the rights of women and LGBTQ+ people.”
Some West Hollywood residents have expressing feelings of betrayal, while others call the revamping of the bio a non-story and “petty fodder for the blogosphere.”
Some believe the move aimed to attract a more conservative base as she prepares for a runoff for the 3rd District Board of Supervisor’s race to replace Sheila Kuehl in November against State Senator Bob Hertzberg, who received 31.08% of the votes at 105,923, with Horvath in second at 27.74% of the votes; 94,528.
Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl defended Horvath’s LGBT credentials via a mass email sent Wednesday, June 29th. Kuehl, who has endorsed Horvath to take over her seat, came to her defense ahead of the LA TIMES article.
“Here’s the truth” wrote Kuehl. “Lindsey Horvath has been one of the most stalwart allies of our community through her life and electoral service.”
Horvath’s campaign strategist, Eric Hacopian, told the TIMES the focus on the website was “a distraction” and that, “It’s no secret Lindsey is a West Hollywood City Council member. But Lindsey is running to represent all of the 3rd Supervisorial District, not just one part of it. The 3rd District is as diverse as Los Angeles itself and, as such, Lindsey must earn every vote by speaking to as many residents as possible.”
Horvath’s campaign spokespeople said they want to focus on Horvath’s plans for tackling issues like homelessness and public safety, and her life story.
The TIMES does not spare Senator Hertzberg, aka “Grabby Bob Hertzberg, who has the financial backing of multiple law enforcement unions and is widely seen as the more moderate candidate even though he has been blasted by progressives for his record on environmental bills, including declining to vote last year on a bill that would have banned fracking. According to the report, Hertzberg earned the nickname “Huggy Bear” for initiating unwanted hugs that led to a reprimand from the Senate Rules Committee.
To read the full article written by Jeong Park and Hailey Branson-Potts, click on the link below: