UPDATED 🎬 Let’s review the 2024 campaign commercials

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The candidates hoping to be your Congressman, Senator and District Attorney in the primary election next month are hitting the home stretch by getting in front of the camera — and WEHOonline is sizing up the good and the bad of the candidates’ campaign videos. This article will be updated as more videos are released. 

 

In this deft piece of campaign filmmaking, Mike Feuer lets L.A. Mayor Karen Bass sing his praises, and her endorsement seems special and genuine. Smart move casting a troop of children to let Feuer show his endearing side. 

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I’m running for Congress because I believe it’s time for a new generation of leadership to get stuff done. #CA30 pic.twitter.com/1NDFf2yxr3

While it doesn’t name names, Nick Melvoin’s ad is a smart jab against the establishment candidates he’s running against. Unlike many of his challengers, Melvoin speaks directly to viewers in this ad, and his screen presence is quirky and cute. Bravo for daring to use a phrase that’s utterly reviled in progressive circles:  “work across the aisle.”

Jirair Ratevosian’s ad bounces along like a good movie trailer, complete with a ’80s theme song, bringing a little bit fun and energy to the race. His front-and-center support of President Biden is on full display but whether that will win him votes is an another matter.
 

 

 

Anthony Portantino’s testimonial video does a good job of reminding voters about his commendable work as an anti-gun violence legislator. Hopefully we get to hear more from his own mouth next time.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Maebe A. Girl gives us an intimate look behind the scenes as she removes her makeup after a long day on the campaign trail. It’s a smart move that highlights her unique status as a drag performer and transgender candidate while pushing viewers to look past it. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Sepi Shyne’s spot gives us a sanguine mix of Hallmark platitudes that play on her name, sweeping drone shots and a backstory that WeHo has heard many times before. The ingredients seem right but what comes out of the oven is lacking inspiration. 

You might know Laura Friedman as a calm, polite, environmentally minded progressive legislator. But she’s also a badass pool shark who’s ready to compete with the best. This genius clip adds a whole new dimension and level of cool to the candidate, and it smoothly links the billiard theme to Friedman’s “I’ll be a fighter” message. Bold moves like this, along with the coveted Los Angeles Times endorsement she just received, might give her campaign the surge it needs to make the runoff.

 

Katie Porter’s strident voice fills this clip end to end, and it’s effective if heavy handed. The “I don’t take corporate money” pitch seems dated even if it remains relevant. 

 

Rather than toot his own horn, Adam Schiff lets his longtime “Little Brother” mentee David Millan sing his praises. It’s an affectionate if slightly odd tribute that inspires some curiosity. The clip includes somewhat rare shots of Schiff’s wife, who doesn’t receive much publicity. 

Eric Siddall looks utterly A-list in this epic video, which portrays him as the action hero L.A. needs if it hopes to survive. The clip starts out with a single stunning shot attacking incumbent George Gascon; the rest of the spot is Siddall promising to “turn the tide on violent crime” while looking sexy AF. High production values and hotness don’t win races, but they don’t hurt either. “The residents of Los Angeles County deserve change,” he purrs. “As District Attorney, I will deliver it.” Woof. 

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BloodshotEyedGuy
BloodshotEyedGuy
5 days ago

The handsome, well-dressed White gentleman at the top certainly captured my interest. If he’s not woke, I may cast a vote.

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Anna
6 days ago

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Joshua88
Joshua88
7 days ago

Thank you for putting these up.
As for your commentary…

Maebe looks better and better.

Where is Barbara Lee?

John Arnold
John Arnold
9 days ago

Also consider including Josh Bocanegra’s campaign video. He’s a candidate from West Hollywood who is running for the Congressional District.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pnnQepNi7Vg

EricLAtoSF
EricLAtoSF
2 days ago
Reply to  John Arnold

No idea why they didn’t include his video. Because he’s an Independent? Josh has a remarkable story.

Joshua88
Joshua88
23 days ago

Brandon, there is a gender-neutral word for “Congressman.” Why not use it?

Thank you.

Larry Block
23 days ago
Reply to  Joshua88

You can write him directly to brandon.com, he now me reads every comment.

Joshua88
Joshua88
23 days ago
Reply to  Larry Block

Thank you.

Dave Di
Dave Di
22 days ago
Reply to  Joshua88

And that right there is all you need to know about why we are in such a mess. . Focus on the nonsense of a gendered word or pronoun while the city crumbles. Ze whiz.

Joshua88
Joshua88
7 days ago
Reply to  Dave Di

The city is not crumbling.

West
24 days ago

Friedman, failed film producer turned political streetwalker, comes off as empty headed and absolutely unscrupulous every time she opens her mouth. Ex: how she used her history as a cancer survivor to manipulate voters to support mandatory Gardisil injections (which are highly risky with low benefit) for school girls while insulting rightfully concerned parents as idiotic, backwards and bad parents— as she holds stocks in vax manufacturers. How anyone is taken in by her double speak draping authoritarianism in the trappings of progress is beyond me. But then again, Horvath failed up to BOS Chair using the same tactics.

Joshua88
Joshua88
23 days ago
Reply to  West

Her website looks impressive, though.
She is the only candidate whose focus on the environment is paramount.

From CDC:

“Since HPV vaccination was first recommended in 2006, infections with HPV types that cause most HPV cancers and genital warts have dropped 88% among teen girls and 81% among young adult women.”

Appreciate your opinion, West.

West
23 days ago
Reply to  Joshua88

Her focus on environment is less about curbing toxic pollution and more about reducing consumer energy use. If one subscribes to regulating carbon emissions as the benchmark, focus should be on ending the top producer- military and weapons manufacturing- rather than implementing energy austerity for the people. As for Gardisil, just google Gardisil lawsuits. There are dozens of cases filed and 100’s of claims serious injury, autoimmune conditions, even cancer. Notably, Merck never tested their product against a control and may have falsified their data (not uncommon with Big Pharma). But it was good enough for Friedman to mandate for… Read more »

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Joshua88
Joshua88
23 days ago
Reply to  West

Will check it out, West.
Thank you.

Cy Husain
22 days ago
Reply to  West

Ranked by per capita emissions, the U.S. military industrial complex tops the list with 104.1 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalents per person. ‘Elephant in the room’: The US military’s devastating carbon footprint. The US military emits MORE than entire industrialized nations like Portugal and Denmark, yet evades scrutiny. This point has never been ignored by Climate and Healthcare activists.

West
22 days ago
Reply to  Cy Husain

Yes. Friedman has done some good towards regulating corporate pollution but the brunt of her “climate” policy narrowly focuses on consumer car use, in lockstep with UN Sustainable Development goals. For those of us concerned with energy independence, and weary of economic austerity disguised as environmentalism, Friedman increasingly appears a wolf in sheep’s clothing

Cy Husain
21 days ago
Reply to  West

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