For the past several weeks, I've been watching from the sidelines as the West Hollywood Council race continues to unravel.
As someone who contemplated running for the seat, but decided not to because of my commitment to Senator (David A.) Roberti and the Senate leadership, I still maintain a keen interest in the outcome of the elections. I had hoped to be able to remain a bystander but now feel I must speak out because of an ongoing attitude by one of the candidates.
In a press release dated Aug. 12, 1986, the (Gene) La Pietra campaign listed me as one of his supporters. Imagine my surprise to read a story in a local paper and find, "Well known leaders who were considering running for the seat, such as Ruth Williams, former candidate for City Council, and J. J. Kaplan, staff member for Sen. Roberti, have all thrown their support to La Pietra and joined his campaign team." Until that point, I had not endorsed either of the candidates.
I immediately contacted La Pietra's campaign and expressed my anger to David Carlat, his campaign manager, for the unauthorized use of my name. Several hours later, I received a call from his campaign press person, Hope Boonshaft Lewis, apologizing for the error. Thinking the matter was cleared up, I dropped it.