Politics

MSNBC's odd collection

MSNBC's gang of convention bloggers is a strange group. It crosses the spectrum from Pat Buchanan to Willie Brown and includes Ron Reagan and a couple of Democrats steeped in Los Angeles City Hall politics. Joe Trippi, who managed Howard Dean's campaign but hasn't been to score a credential for the Fleet Center yet, directed Jim Hahn's first victorious race for city attorney in 1985. Dee Dee Myers was the press deputy for Tom Bradley (at a time when the mayor also had a deputy named DoDo Meyer) before she went to the Clinton White House, became a consultant to NBC's "West Wing" and married New York Times correspondent Todd Purdum, the ex-L.A. bureau chief. That's all a long way of saying that Wednesday had been announced as the day that Hahn gets his brief moment in the Boston spotlight. But he's not listed on the schedule of convention speakers, and the only thing on his press schedule for Wednesday are call-ins to his favorite L.A. morning radio outlets: the Ryan Seacrest show on KIIS-FM, Steve Harvey on 100.3 and KFWB. (He also appeared on tonight's "Jimmie Kimmel Live"). The Times observed in Tuesday's paper that Hahn "is far less known nationally" than even San Francisco's new mayor Gavin Newsom. For the record, Antonio Villaraigosa addressed the convention Monday, outside of prime time.


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