On Thursday evening, I had the opportunity to be on Larry Zarian's television show. The primary topic of conversation was the 43rd District Assembly race, a contest, like so many others, that has become increasingly focused on nonsense rather than issues.
The Republican candidate, Sunder Ramani, had been on the show a week prior, and Zarian, a former Glendale mayor, had invited the Democratic candidate and incumbent, Mike Gatto, to be on the show. In fact, Thursday's show was originally conceived as a debate, moderated by myself, between the two men.
Gatto, through his aides, told me that he did not feel comfortable going on Zarian's show, as its host is a supporter of Ramani. Zarian, a Republican, has publicly said he and Ramani are friends, and campaign finance records show Zarian contributed $99 to Ramani's campaign.