Karen Ocamb

Will Super Pac Help Gay GOP Mayoral Hopeful Overcome His Past?

Filed By Karen Ocamb | November 25, 2012 2:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: APLA, Chris Matthews, Fred Davis, gay Republicans, Kevin James, LA Mayoral race

The Los Angeles Times reports that notorious Republican ad man Fred Davis has created a super PAC to boost the chances of openly gay GOP candidate Kevin James in his race to be the next mayor of Los Angeles. James is running against his better-known opponents City Controller Wendy Greuel and City Councilmembers Eric Garcetti and Jan Perry in the March 5 election. Davis, who has already raised nearly $500,000 and intends to raise at least $3.5 million more for Better Way LA, told The Times Kevin-James.jpeghe hopes a win by James will ignite a "rebirth" of the Republican Party in California. Democrats now have a super-majority in the state Legislature and GOP voter registration is down below 30%; GOP registration in LA is just 16.3%.

(Kevin James. Photo from Kevin James for Mayor website)

James is "the only one of the four who wasn't part of the problem," Davis told The Times. Davis has also created a 501(c)(4) advocacy organization, Fix It LA, which The Times notes James founded "in case there are donors who want to help James get elected without having their identities revealed." But Davis could also spell the end of James' dark horse chances, too, since, as Think Progress reports, he has a long history of race-baiting, and he's the man who developed the infamous "Demon Sheep" ad for Carly Fiorina, the "I'm Not a Witch" ad for Christine O'Donnell. Additionally, The Times reports that Davis was behind a proposed anti-Obama commercial using Rev. Jeremiah Wright.

But James - who many of us remember when he served as Board co-chair of APLA from 1998-2000 - has some image repairing of his own to do since many of us also remember his failed shouting match with liberal MSNBC talk show host Chris Matthews in 2008. On his Wikipedia page, James makes it sound as if the encounter helped him. You be the judge - and see Matthews' subsequent appearance with guest host Rachel Maddow about the rhetorical bluster - both videos are after the break.

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