Now you might be wondering why Ardy "Arr Arr" Kassakhian has become such a hero to the fine people of the City of Glendale. So much so that he is now attempting to parlay his legendary accomplishments there as City Clerk into a run for the State Assembly seat of termed out Sacramento time server Mike Gatto.
Mike "The Cat" Gatto, just to give you a little background, has decided that the political life is a pretty fine and posh one. He doesn't have to work very hard, lots of people he doesn't even know give him tons of cool stuff (especially money - link), and he even gets a free car. Well, not exactly free, we pay for it. But don't tell Mike. You wouldn't want to ruin all of the fun for him.
So Cat Gatto is now going to run for Carol "Lookie" Liu's State Senate seat. Carol is just about termed out of the Carnival of Cash, and now she must move on to lobbying or something. Whatever it is I'm sure we'll end up paying for it somehow.
California's one party game of musical chairs goes on and on. Vastly corrupt, always broke, and snuffling in the pockets of big money. Both the labor and business kind.
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Because Ardy "Arr Arr" Kassakhian is the guy who electrified the nation when he told Kim Kardashian that she could not run for Mayor of Glendale! I kid you not. Here is the story, hot from the pages of one of my favorite newspapers, The New York Daily News (link):
Glitch in Kim Kardashian’s plan to run for mayor of Glendale Calif.: It’s not an elected position - Kim Kardashian's fledgling political dreams may have been dashed — and even quicker than her blink-and-you'll-miss-it marriage.
A day after footage of the reality TV star declaring her plans to run for mayor of Glendale, Calif., aired, city officials insist the 31-year-old’s supposed political aspirations may need to be aimed at another city.
It turns out, Glendale — a Los Angeles County city of 190,000 — doesn't elect its mayor. According to the Glendale News Press, the ceremonial post is decided among the five City Council members each year.
The 31-year-old socialite discussed her lofty political plans in a clip for an upcoming episode of "Khloe and Lamar." In it she argued that because of her Armenian roots, she'd do well in Glendale, which has a large Armenian population.
"It's going to require a little bit of homework and not simply relying on a perceived base of support," the city's elected clerk, Ardy Kassakhian, told the local newspaper.
And then there is this from Gawker.com, which is actually a pretty cool site (link).
Put Down That Pistol, Glendale: Kim Kardashian Can't Be Your Next Mayor - In an outtake from Khole Kardashian's E! reality show Khloe & Lamar, big sister Kim revealed a diabolical plan to force the people of Glendale, California, to submit to her nefarious whims by becoming their mayor.
Kim claims in the video that she plans to buy a house in the LA County city in order to establish residency, which she says is a requirement for mayoral candidates. If all goes as diabolically planned, Kim intends to rule over The Jewel City "in, like, five years."
But the Glendale News-Press has some good news for its residents: There's no need to enter into a suicide pact just yet. Kim's road to that Mayor's Mansion is fraught with speed bumps. For instance: Glendale doesn't elect its mayor.
Another problem for Kim: "It's going to require a little bit of homework and not simply relying on a perceived base of support," says city clerk Ardy Kassakhian, who explained that the role of mayor is "largely ceremonial," and rotates annually among Glendale's five City Council members.
Listen, I know being a Mayor takes a lot of concentration and attention to detail and all. But look at it this way, if Joe Mosca and Nancy Walsh could be Mayors in Sierra Madre, why couldn't Kim Kardashian become the Mayor of Glendale? Obviously just about anybody can do it.
I am also aware that there is that Mayoral succession of power thing going on amongst the Councilmembers of The Jewel City. But if John Harabedian could jump the line and become Mayor of Sierra Madre ahead of his time, why shouldn't Kim Kardashian be able to do the same in Glendale?
Neither one of them is known for being exactly patient, you know.
So anyway, there is a big fundraiser this morning for Ardy "Arr Arr" Kassakhian and his opportunistic run for the State Assembly. It certainly does look like his Kardashian collision has propelled him onto the front lines of local politics.
And with John Harabedian, along with the big dogs of local politics, helping to raise a ton of cash for this fellow, Glendale's Fighting Clerk might just make it all the way to the State Assembly in Sacramento. Isn't that so very exciting?
You've got your invitation, but remember, this is a fairly early morning affair today. If you're planning on going you'd better get dressed and out the door fast.
The shrimp bowl never lasts very long at these affairs.