Most are familiar with the term transgender, but now Rick Caruso is the epitome of a new term, trans political.
Transgender, according to the American Psychiatric Association is defined as “People who may pursue multiple domains of gender affirmation, including social affirmation (e.g., changing one’s name and pronouns), legal affirmation (e.g., changing gender markers on one’s government-issued documents) and medical affirmation.”
One might define Caruso as trans political because first he was Republican (before 2011), then Independent (2012-2016) and then Republican (2016-2019) and now Democrat (2019 to present).
The billionaire, who built Palisades Village, the Grove, the Brand and the Americana seems to have dysphoria, which has been described as a mental state in which a person has a profound sense of unease or dissatisfaction with who he is.
The L.A. Daily News October 11 Editorial (“Rick Caruso to Set More of His Money on Fire”) wrote that “L.A. County Democratic Party chair Mark Gonzalez said he told Caruso that ‘he had some making up to do’ in order to get into the good graces of the Democratic Party. Obviously that’s a request for money, not an invitation to high tea at The Grove.”
L.A. Daily News, which endorsed Caruso for mayor, called it “disheartening.”
Caruso, who spent $104 million on his bid to become L.A. Mayor (That was $160.42 per vote compared to Karen Bass’s $10.15), had trouble getting the backing of Democratic voters.
In an October 5 interview with Politico (“Party-switching Billionaire Targets California Republicans”) the author wrote: “Caruso, who didn’t rule out spending in primaries, wouldn’t put an exact dollar figure on his anticipated contributions for the next cycle. But he said he was dedicating his money and time to push the most viable Democratic candidates to the front of the field and give them the best chance of beating their GOP opponents. He also anticipates being involved in the presidential and U.S. Senate races and wants to court Latino voters who failed to tip the scales in his favor in his own mayoral race last year.”
“Stick with the central theme of getting moderates in the House,” Caruso told POLITICO of his new strategy.
In California, many of CTN readers are smart enough to know that a shrew businessman does not support attacks on Prop 13, ACA 1 and ACA 13—which make it easier to raise taxes and harder to pass taxpayer protections, which some “moderates” in the California legislature did support.
So, what is Caruso’s end game? Does he want to be governor? Does he think he could run for a national office?
It’s obvious he feels he needs the Democratic party’s help with whatever is his ultimate, unsaid goal.
In a Visage July 25 story (“15 Great Leadership Qualities and Characteristics”), the top five qualities listed are empathy, authenticity, self-awareness, courage and integrity. Maybe L.A. Voters felt that Bass had more empathy, authenticity, self-awareness and integrity than Caruso?
There used to be a game show “To Tell the Truth,” in which three “contestants,” all claimed to be the person identified. The show panelists had to decide which of the three was telling the truth and which two were imposters. Is the billionaire a Republican, an Independent, a Democrat or just saying what he thinks people what to hear?
“Will the real Caruso please stand up?”