When he was named publisher of a Los Angeles Times by Tribune Publishing final August, Austin Beutner didn’t have a credentials in a news business. A former investment landowner and emissary to former L.A. mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D), Beutner was seen as an alien who would pierce new ideas to a (/our) still-shaky industry.
A small some-more than a year later, on Tuesday, Beutner was fired.
In a essay announcing a move, Robert Channick of a Times’s sister paper, a Chicago Tribune, points to one probable reason why: “A series of Beutner’s high-profile hires didn’t lay good with Tribune Publishing, generally those with domestic undertones,” Channick writes, identifying dual domestic hands who were given Times positions by Beutner. They include Nicco Mele, who worked with a 2004 Howard Dean for trainer debate and Barack Obama’s Senate debate that same year.
(For those interested, Politico’s Ken Doctor offers some other theories.)
Channick continued a sequence of thought: “Those hires fueled conjecture that Beutner was environment himself adult for another domestic run, maybe for governorship of California, sources said.”
The word “another” in that judgment refers to Beutner’s unsuccessful L.A. mayoral bid in 2013. His time on Wall Street meant that he had a income to deposit in a campaign, though in May 2012 he forsaken out, citing a customary enterprise to spend some-more time with his family. “Name ID is comparatively easy to buy, and we had a resources to buy it,” he told a Times, “[b]ut it’s all about where we am right now, and where we need to be is with my family.” Those resources also done him a large donor in California politics. He donated tens of thousands to essentially Democratic possibilities and causes in a state in a 2013-2014 cycle.
Among those who perceived income from Beutner was Gavin Newsom, a former mayor of San Francisco and stream major administrator of a state who announced his goal to run for administrator shortly after a 2014 cycle. If Beutner has his eye on using for administrator in 2018, Newsom would be a challenging competition — as would Beutner’s former boss, Villaraigosa, who has indicated his skeleton to run.
California has a sweeping primary in that a tip dual vote-getters, regardless of party, allege to a ubiquitous election. There’s a graphic advantage to being means to self-fund a debate in a state, of course; reaching a 17.7 million purebred electorate is a daunting task.
Beutner, for what it’s worth, did not give income to a 2014 debate of Kamala Harris, who was reelected as California’s profession general. Harris is now the front-runner in a primary to reinstate Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) in Washington. It’s still early in that one, too, though so distant there haven’t been many people fervent to face off opposite Harris. Rep. Loretta Sanchez is a usually other inaugurated central to announce her candidacy, and she got off to a hilly start. (Sanchez, like Beutner, is from southern California. Harris is from a northern partial of a state — where Democratic audience tends to be higher.)
He could also set his sights closer to home. Eric Garcetti, a male who won a 2013 choosing as mayor, is adult for reelection in 2017. If Beutner was anticipating to set a theatre for a domestic campaign, of course, removing suspended from a high-profile pursuit a year into it substantially wasn’t terribly helpful. But it positively gives him some-more time to actively pursue a candidacy, and it allows him only reduction than 13 months to continue to build relations and name ID in a city — on someone else’s dime.
And in a meantime, Beutner will have a lot some-more time to spend with his family.