Freddy and the Press

El Diario today takes the first look at Freddy’s attempt to capture the Villaraigosa momentum, and has Ferrer saying he’s “ready to be the first Latino Mayor in four centuries.”

The paper also gives a Bloomberg aide, Fernando Mateo, a chance to take a shot at Freddy for, unlike the Los Angeles Mayor-elect, “disappear[ing] for three and a half years.” (Would you see the Bloombergs saying something that harsh in English at this point in the race?)

But what interested us most, in our typically self-centered journalistic way, was to see what Freddy thinks of the press.

He “blamed, in part, the ‘excessive scrutiny’ of the press for the decline of its campaign. ‘If a Puerto Rican congressman did not support me, the press would say I’m finished,’ Ferrer said [after citing his support from most of the black members of the city’s congressional delegation.] ‘If an idea is bad, it’s Ferrer’s,’ he added in another point of the interview.” Freddy and the Press