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DLC Democrat Andrei Cherny's refuses to apologize for Willie Horton style attack.

Take a look at this mail piece.  

Now remove the name "Lloyd Levine" and insert the name of your favorite Democratic candidate.

If I told you that the piece had been sent by the Republican Party or by Russell Pearce, it'€™s reasonable to suggest that a good number of Democrats here in the Valley would be up-in-arms over the blatantly racist implications of the photo:  minorities are scary, and they'€™re going to kill you.

After all, that's the message we hear all the time from blowhards like Pearce, Tom Tancredo, the Minutemen or the loathsome and fortunately-no-longer-in-office J.D. Hayworth.  

But this piece wasn'€™t sent by Russell Pearce or the Arizona Republicans.

It was sent by none other than Democratic Congressional candidate Andrei Cherney, back when he was running for the California State Assembly.

Cherny'€™s history with this kind of politics was revisited by the Arizona Republic yesterday.

From The Arizona Republic:

Cherny drew criticism or lost endorsements from a host of Democratic leaders, including the National Organization for Women's local chapter, former Assembly speaker Antonio Villaraigosa, then-Los Angeles Councilwoman Cindy Miscikowski, Los Angeles Democratic Party Chairman Eric Bauman and three Democratic assemblymen.

Levine and others complained the mailers were misleading since he was rated pro-choice by several groups and did not work for the assemblyman during the contraception vote.

Critics blasted the mailers' racial undertones. Among the critics was Mike Shimpock, a Los Angeles-area campaign consultant who worked for an assemblman who endorsed Levine because of the mailers' "blatant race-baiting and patently false accusations."

Back then, Cherny defended the attacks, called them accurate and even claimed that only a real racist would claim that his mail piece above was racist.

You get that?  If you think that the mail piece above is racist, Cherny thinks that you'€™re the racist.

To suggest that's utter crap would be an injustice to utter crap.  

But, let'€™s give Andrei the benefit of the doubt for a moment.

I'€™m not going to justify the distortions and outright inaccuracies that his mailings included (claiming that a pro-choice candidate is anti-choice is pretty bush league, not to mention wrong), and I'€™m certainly not going to justify the outrageously racial undertones of the piece shown above.

For the sake of argument, though, let'€™s say that Andrei just got carried away.  

When he ran for the California Assembly, he was taking his first shot at elected office.  He was 26.  It was probably going to be a close race. He really wanted to win and made some errors in judgment.  

The mistakes of youth.  

The kind of thing that you're supposed to learn from.  

And ten years later, one could hope that a now-36-year-old Cherny could look back and say something like, '€"Yeah... that was a mistake.  I wouldn'€™t run my campaign that way again if I could do it over."

This kind of statement – while not really excusing his behavior – “ would at least show some contrition... some acknowledgement that race-baiting and lying about your opponents is wrong.  

But unfortunately, it doesn't appear that Cherny learned a damn thing.

Asked about the mailings by the Republic this week, Cherny said:  "€œI think (the mailers) were accurate and did fairly represent the positions of the people I was running against."

Accurate?  

Cherny was running against a pro-choice candidate, and he knowingly claimed that his opponent was anti-choice.  The National Organization for Women's local chapter said that Cherny's attack was "€œjust absolutely absurd, and it's really dirty politics."

So, Andrei still thinks he was right, even though everyone else knows he was lying.  

And the race-baiting?  Does Andrei feel bad about that?

No.  Not a bit, in fact.

From The Arizona Republic:

On Tuesday, Cherny said the criticism a decade ago of "race-baiting" was "a pretty terrible charge to throw out against somebody. But I accept sometimes people say things in the heat of a campaign that aren't true."
Well, of course he accepts that people say things in the heat of a campaign that aren't true.  After all, he'€™s done it (and continues to do so).

But there'€™s something almost more disturbing here: Andrei thinks he was the victim here because someone dared to suggest that his attack mail was race-baiting.  

Someone attacking you for race-baiting is a "€œterrible charge to throw out against somebody."

But the act of race-baiting?  Andrei has no problem with it at all.  

Race-baiting is wrong, whether it's done by J.D. Hayworth, Russell Pearce, or, yes, Andrei Cherny.  

We don'€™t expect a J.D. Hayworth to apologize for hurling horrible attacks at illegal immigrants because, well, that's what he does.

We don't expect a Russell Pearce to suddenly realize just how racist his legislation is, because that'€™s just what he does.

But we should expect -€“ and insist on - more from someone running as a Democrat.

When this issue was raised with Cherny this week, there was a path for him to at least partially redeem himself for the kind of crap he pulled.

He couldn'€™t bring himself to do it.  His character wouldn't permit him to acknowledge his mistakes.  

Now, he might realize that Democrats are actually offended by this kind and decide -€“ for political purposes - to admit he was wrong.

But he was given that chance this week and what did he do?  Defend it.

Any apology now would be as fake as a three-dollar bill.

The fact that Andrei doesn'€™t understand - or refused to admit -€“ just how wrong he was -€“ makes him the completely wrong kind of Democrat we should be sending to Congress.

That'€™s why I'm not voting for Andrei Cherny, and why I encourage you to make a contribution to one of his opponents, Kyrsten Sinema or David Schapira.

Originally posted to EyeOnAZ09 on Fri May 04, 2012 at 10:26 AM PDT.

Also republished by Baja Arizona Kossacks.

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Comment Preferences

  •  I don't live up there, (4+ / 0-)

    but if I did I'd probably be supporting Schapira. I don't think Andrei should have gotten into a race where there were already two good Dems. It's irresponsible and not what we should expect from a former Party Chair.
    You might want to edit this diary, replacing your apostrophes and commas. They now appear as these thingies → â and it's hard to read.

    The GOP ... Government of the 1%, by the 1%, for the 1%

    by Azazello on Fri May 04, 2012 at 10:43:37 AM PDT

    •  Just as a note (1+ / 0-)
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      Azazello

      He has a wiki page, and it reads like it was written by his campaign.

      6/24/05: Charlie the Tuna Creator Dies En lieu of flowers, please bring mayonnaise, chopped celery and paprika.

      by LunkHead on Fri May 04, 2012 at 11:21:05 AM PDT

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    •  I think each candidate has their own "+"s (1+ / 0-)
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      Azazello

      Not quite sure what the point of this DLC scarefest that's been going on is about though.

      What we're failing to realize is that even though AZ-09 is a 30R/30D/30I registration district, you can bet that ideologically it tilts conservative and ACTUAL voters are inclined to be R. This is part of the same district that gave us Harry Mitchell, a Blue Dog that was vilified here, but who was a great fit for AZ-05 and exponentially better than ol' JD Hayworth was.

      When we talk about winning in the (non-VRA) PHX metro area folks, sometimes a Blue Dog or DLC is the best we can do, although I DO believe that Schapira or Sinema would have a shot, they're not what most of the country would consider "pure progressive", either. Hell, Sinema was chastised for working with Republicans last legislative session.

      Congress shall make no law ... abridging ... the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

      by AZ Independent on Fri May 04, 2012 at 02:13:40 PM PDT

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      •  Who the hell are the Republicans running? (1+ / 0-)
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        Their best-funded candidate is one Travis Grantham, who seems to have raised a great deal of his haul from family members willing to max out, plus a $190k loan to himself.  He's a Some Dude.  And I guess Vernon Parker's running.

        Forget registration numbers.  This is a district that the 2010 Democratic statewide ticket seems to have carried on average.  

        26, Dem, Dude seeing a dude, CT-04(originally), PA-02/NY-14 (formerly PA-02/NY-12).

        by Xenocrypt on Fri May 04, 2012 at 05:50:50 PM PDT

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        •  at the risk of dead-threading (0+ / 0-)

          Here in Arizona, you'll get an automatic +/- 5% from independents, who are probably more conservative than official Republicans.

          The landscape in the state ideologically, especially here in the PHX metro area is just so conservative- most Democrats are "moderate", and liberals are few and far between. It doesn't matter about Some Dude or anything- as long as you have the R, you've got nearly 40% automatically, with another 5-10% "independent" conservatives.

          And don't get me started on who actually goes out to vote...

          While I agree with you the numbers look good, without winning some of those moderate/conservative-leaning voters, we can't pick up the district. And I don't think any of the candidates is anywhere close to being liberal, they're much like other AZ Dems, a more moderate flavor. (watch for messages on fiscal responsibility- that's how we win here, b/c Republican fiscal responsibility is a joke)

          Congress shall make no law ... abridging ... the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

          by AZ Independent on Mon May 07, 2012 at 08:53:27 AM PDT

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      •  And it's not the same district as AZ-05. (0+ / 0-)

        Obama got 47% in the old AZ-05, and he got 51% in the new AZ-09.  So it's probably like D+2 without accounting for the McCain home state effect, which means it's "fundamentally"--I don't know--D+3, D+4,D+5?  (People disagree; see sacman's response to my comment linked to below.)

        26, Dem, Dude seeing a dude, CT-04(originally), PA-02/NY-14 (formerly PA-02/NY-12).

        by Xenocrypt on Fri May 04, 2012 at 05:57:53 PM PDT

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  •  Man, how do you lose (2+ / 0-)
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    A Democratic primary in Los Angeles with that ad campaign?  It's a mystery.

    26, Dem, Dude seeing a dude, CT-04(originally), PA-02/NY-14 (formerly PA-02/NY-12).

    by Xenocrypt on Fri May 04, 2012 at 11:35:17 AM PDT

    •  Andrei Cherny was a bad candidate, period (0+ / 0-)

         I didn't live in AD-40 where he ran but encountered him a few times at Democratic Party of the San Fernando Valley events.  I didn't see the mailers but he seemed to be uncomfortable with people and not a natural politician. I got the impression that he was more interested in being a policy wonk than in connecting with people. He wasn't quit an Asperger's person, but there was something that was just a bit off kilter about him.

           He managed to make Lloyd Levine seem like the old hand in the race (and Lloyd was just 32 years old and a first-time candidate).  At the time I thought that Andrei was just too young and not ready to run, but it looks like he is just a putz...

      Diehard Swingnut, disgruntled Democrat, age 53, new CA-30

      by Zack from the SFV on Fri May 04, 2012 at 05:21:32 PM PDT

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  •  This piece is fishy (2+ / 0-)
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    gabjoh, Larsstephens

    1: The weird characters I see on my screen between the apostrophes look like this was a copypasta from somewhere.

    2: The user is 4/23/2012, and this is the first piece from the user (no comments, nada)

    I'm not saying its not legit, but to me it reeks of a paid post.

    Congress shall make no law ... abridging ... the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

    by AZ Independent on Fri May 04, 2012 at 02:04:11 PM PDT

    •  Apologies (2+ / 0-)
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      Azazello, Larsstephens

      The weird characters are a result of when I tried to post the picture in the piece rather than have a link to it after I had a draft ready. For some reason after I did that, it made all the apostrophes and quotes that character. I thought I had them all, can you point out where I missed them?

      I made this account about 2 weeks ago to cover this race. I didn't expect it to heat up so quickly so I was caught off guard when the Republic story hit. Now that the race has really kicked off you will be seeing more from me.

      •  OK- (1+ / 0-)
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        Larsstephens

        Glad to know you're a real person.

        Weird characters like that are usually a trademark of copypasta (bad copypasta at that...), so it would be a much better read and add attract a bit less scrutiny if it was fixed :).

        Congress shall make no law ... abridging ... the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

        by AZ Independent on Fri May 04, 2012 at 03:38:07 PM PDT

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