Obituaries

Bob Kholos, former Bradley press secretary was 67

Kholos began volunteering with Tom Bradley's campaign for mayor in 1969 and became the first press secretary after Bradley was elected in 1973. His wife reported that Kholos died of cancer in Eugene, Oregon. The Vietnam vet, blogging as SaigonBob, surfaced in 2006 with a story that Bradley had been targeted for killing by the Symbionese Liberation Army after the group killed Oakland school superintendent Marcus Foster. Kholos also posted that the Bradley camp used, but not publicly, information that Mayor Sam Yorty paid for a back-alley abortion that left a woman dead and her mother screaming that "Sam Yorty murdered my daughter."

Instead of blasting it in the news media, we decided to use it about 10 seconds prior to a live debate in the San Fernando Valley just a couple of days before the election.

Aide, and future Bradley Press Secretary, Tom Sullivan volunteered to run past Yorty just as the debate started and whisper a name.

Sullivan whispered the name of the person, and Yorty responded, 'So, your going to play that game.'

It worked. Yorty was off balance the entire debate and was more subdued than usual.


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