Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Scott Taylor Lands $50,000 Check

In the comments section of another post, I mentioned I was trying to get the details of a story. On the bus this afternoon, I did.

Scott Taylor received a $50,000 campaign contribution from Andrew Jones, a retired businessman and former insurance executive. That puts Taylor over the $70,000 mark overall.

In the least: Taylor will now easily consign John Moss to 4th Place.

At most: if Scott can raise over $120,000, get the AAPAC endorsement, and hit enough civic leagues (tonight: Northridge), he might pull this out on a plurality in a close one.


Anonymous said...

Several comments.

First, his original $20,000 is mostly in-kind and is not real cash, so he is really a good bit lower.

Second, with Sessoms a born-again Republican (after years of being Kellam's buddy), Meyera already has the support of the NAACP hierarchy. I have no idea what that means in relation to the other African-American political group, but it doesn't hurt her.

Third, Taylor should easily trounce Moss, but there is no chance of him winning this thing.

(Although it would be nice to see him beat Elmer Fudd).

Avenging Archangel said...

Two things:

One, before you assume Meyera has the AAPAC endorsement in the bag (Under it's By-Laws, the NAACP can't endorse), first look at who has attended Taylor's fundraising dinners. :)

Two, that was the joke at the City Council Retreat: Taylor finishing second, beating both Sessoms and Moss.

Anonymous said...

Good Scoop, Henry!

Anonymous said...

It is pretty well-known that AAPAC/NAACP/whoever is doing a "hands off" with the Mayor. They put no one in the race and you know they won't support Sessoms or Moss.

Beyond that, Meyera has some heavy hitter African American Democrats behind her, not the least of whom is Bobby Scott.

If the AAPAC endorses Taylor, it will just fragment the minority vote.

Anonymous said...

I heard this weekend that the check was from an out of town rich family member. Is that true?

Avenging Archangel said...

Anon 2:32,

Not true. Scott was raised by a single mother. Without a father in the home, he was in the Big Brothers program.

His Big Brother: Andrew Jones, the guy who wrote him the check.

Anonymous said...

But out of town, not local, correct?

Avenging Archangel said...

We never discussed that.

What difference would it make?

Anonymous said...

The difference is that instead of having a core group of local people willing to donate, he has one out of town friend willing to donate.

That out of town friend does not equal any votes. The appearance is that he can't get anyone around here to support him.

Of course, the Catch-22 is that a $50,000.00 local check would raise eyebrows...what is the donor looking for in return?

Still the check definitely will be a crushing blow to Moss.