So you expect a couple of conservative bitter-enders like KFI shock jocks John and Ken to depict Italian-American Don Perata as a Mafia boss. Slightly less expected was that the same graphic would make its way onto local news in Sacramento.
A televised graphic depicting Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata as an apparent Mafia leader, pointing a gun skyward, has angered Italian-Americans.
Bill Cerruti, who is chairman of a state Italian-American task force and leader of the Italian-American Cultural Society, blasted the characterization today and demanded an apology.
The graphic, depicting Perata in a purple suit and white tie, was broadcast by Sacramento’s KOVR 13 – with anchor Chris Burrous – and on the website of talk-show hosts “John and Ken” of KFI radio in Los Angeles, Cerruti said.
Burrous goes on to blast Perata for suggesting the state raise taxes to help balance the state budget.
Yes, anyone who doesn’t want to see thousands of teachers fired and elderly people denied health care is most certainly a gangster.
I’m not wired for outrage, so you tell me if this slur is beyond the pale or not. What I do know and expect is that the Denham recall will provide plenty more opportunities for the “Don” Perata slur to manifest itself, and the dead-ender anti-tax forces running his recall opposition campaign are not likely to disappoint. Hopefully they have Perata shoot bullets from a Tommy gun into their “No on the Recall” logo! Hey guys, pay me for that idea before you use it!
UPDATE: I’ve got a transcript:
Chris: Got a new outrage alert for you this morning, and I think you’ll enjoy this graphic, Stephanie.
Don Perata. [laughter] You know, he’s termed out. He’s going to lose his job here in a couple months and now he is calling for a major tax increase. He’s trying to make you worry that the school…
Stephanie: That’s hilarious.
Chris: Isn’t that a great one. [laughter] I can’t stand him.
Stephanie: Nice purple suit.
Chris: He’s trying to scare you in saying the schools are going to go bankrupt, and your kids are going to be in classrooms with 50 students each, if we do not increase taxes.
Chris: Watch for him to do this major tax push. He’s already got Governor Schwarzenegger considering raising money by closing tax loopholes. So watch out. If you benefit from some of those loopholes. Don “The Don” Perata and his Ram Charger already have Governor Schwarzenegger…
Stephanie: Is that what that was?
Chris: Isn’t it the Ram Charger? Or the Viper?
Stephanie: I guess. I don’t…
Chris: He’s the one. Remember, Don Perata’s the one who got carjacked over in the Bay Area…
Chris: …with the 22 inch dubs or something like that on his car.
Stephanie: Mmm hmm.
Chris: I don’t know what they call it, but I thought that was a great graphic. That’s from radio station KFI. That is Don Perata.
Stephanie: Very nice.
Chris: That’s his reputation. The valour suit is a nice touch.
Stephanie: Yes, and a shade of purple or violet, whatever you call it. It is a nice touch as well.
Chris: Nice. Gotta watch out. This guy wants to raise your taxes. That’s the thing. He’s out of office in a couple more months. Why don’t you just lay low? Take a couple lunches? Write a book like Willie Brown or something? But instead, he’s going to try and stick it to us one last time before he gets out of a job.
I didn’t know the CBS morning news was drive-time community college talk radio.