In the curious case of City Council candidate Zareh Sinanyan, it might prove helpful to take a step back and evaluate the public record — what's been said, and, perhaps more importantly, what hasn't.
The hoopla, of course, centers on disparaging, ethnically charged and vulgar comments posted on sites like Facebook and YouTube under Sinanyan's name as far back as five years ago. The comments have cost Sinanyan some very high profile endorsements, including those of Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank), Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Krekorian and L.A. mayoral run-off candidates Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel.
And on Tuesday, they almost cost him his commission seat.
After days of refusing to speak to this newspaper — which investigated the veracity of the claims before ultimately deciding they were indeed strong enough to publish — the public appetite for some sort of explanation was palpable as Sinanyan took the podium. That two of his opponents in the election — Laura Friedman and Ara Najarian — called for the hearing brought the whole mess to high drama, or high camp, depending on your perspective.