LA City Councilmember Janice Hahn is headed to Washington to take the South Bay congressional seat vacated by former Rep. Jane Harman.
After a very ugly four-month special election that saw one of the ugliest racist and sexist political ads in decades and a controversial news report by Fox 11 - Hahn defeated Republican businessman Craig Huey by a margin of 54.6 percent to 45.4 percent.
The Daily Breeze reported:
Hahn, the scion of a famous Los Angeles political family, said she will focus on the most pressing issue to district voters: jobs.
"I also want to help our veterans," said Hahn, 59.
"When they come home, we have to do a better job making sure they get their health benefits. They deserve that and we owe it to them."
The paper noted that the Hahn campaign
enlisted help from the top of the Democratic pyramid in recent days: Bill Clinton recorded automated phone calls for her campaign, and Obama for America ran phone banks to bolster her get-out-the-vote operation. Calling in the two big guns in the party perhaps signaled that Democrats were worried that the race was closer than it proved to be in a district that has been held by the party for 16 of the last 18 years.
For her part, Hahn said, "I've never worked so hard in my life on any campaign. Our strategy was to work the hardest and not take anything for granted."
The race presented a stark contrast for voters between Hahn, an unabashed liberal who champions union workers, and Huey, both a fiscal and social conservative.
The Breeze also noted that Hahn will face re-election next year in a re-drawn district. According to drafts of maps released last month by the California Citizens Redistricting Commission, the new 36th Congressional District will include the Republican-majority Palos Verdes Peninsula.
Hahn's victory comes after the death of her mother on Monday. Asked what her famous father - LA County Supervisor Kenneth Hahn would say about her win, Hahn said,
"He would say all politics is local, Janice. He would want me to act like a council member even though I was a Congress member."
(Photo by Karen Ocamb. Crossposted at LGBT POV.)