LA Mayor Candidate Riordan Suspends Campaigning When Mother Dies
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Locked in a virtual dead heat in next Tuesday’s mayoral race, Richard Riordan suspended his campaign because of his mother’s death.
Geraldine Doyle Riordan, 101, died of pneumonia Tuesday in New Rochelle, N.Y., Riordan’s campaign announced. The candidate stopped campaigning and planned to fly to New York today, said spokeswoman Kari Moran.
Riordan, a wealthy businessman, and Michael Woo, a city council member, were tied at 46 percent in a Los Angeles Times poll of likely voters. The survey, taken Thursday through Sunday and published Tuesday, had an error margin of plus or minus 5 percentage points.
A weekend survey by KCAL-TV and radio station KFWB showed Riordan favored by likely voters, 46 percent to 40 percent. The margin of error was plus or minus 5 percentage points.
The race to replace retiring 20-year mayor Tom Bradley tightened after Riordan, a law-and-order conservative, last week revealed three misdemeanor arrests from the 1960s and 1970s, the Times poll showed.
Riordan said the arrests for drunken driving and interfering with a police officer came after he went drinking following late nights at the office. He denied ever having a drinking problem.
He said Woo, a liberal, made the arrests a campaign issue in an effort to dodge the issues and cover a poor record on fighting crime in his district.
In another development Tuesday, a judge extended his order barring the state Democratic Party from spending $200,000 on Woo’s campaign.
Sacramento Superior Court Judge Joe S. Gray had issued a temporary restraining order last week that said the state Constitution bans political parties from taking part in nonpartisan races.
His injunction extended the order through election day, next Tuesday.
″We’re handcuffed,″ said Bob Mulholland, political director of the state Democratic Party, which immediately filed an appeal.
Riordan has outspent Woo by more than 2-to-1.