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The Last Statesman



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An old and cranky local politician goes publicly bananas in an effort to draw attention to an important social issue. This inadvertently puts the career of his son, the Governor of California, at risk.

LOWELL BACHMAN, is an 82 year, six term Los Angeles County Supervisor. He’s sarcastic, feisty and cranky having reached an age where it makes no sense to mince words. He’s also just had a disturbing visit with his Doctor. Although tests still need to be conducted, Lowell, already knows – it’s not going to be good news.

After his medical exam, Lowell attends the weekly Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors hearing. A meeting he has attended for 42 years. This one’s different. A woman begs the Board to provide protection for her teenage son, a witness to a gang related crime. Other than Lowell, her pleas fall on deaf ears. Her son is killed that very afternoon.

Lowell is stunned by the teenager’s death and ashamed that he and his fellow Board members sat on their bureaucratic hands. This forces Lowell to reassess his long political career. Lowell decides to make one last attempt to change his legacy while at the same time paying homage to the murdered teenager. He’s going to spear head the establishment of the County’s first gang related witness protection program.

However, none of the other Supervisors are interested in the issue, the local media could care less and Lowell can't move his agenda forward given the bureaucratic trappings of local politics and Board protocols.

In frustration, Lowell abandons politics as usual. He curses at the other Supervisors at Board Hearings and creates a weekly illness to as a cover for his erratic behavior (e.g., one week he has Tourettes syndrome, the following week, Alzheimers, etc.). His antics and feigned craziness become the focus of local and national news and become “must see TV”. A small price to pay to get folks to finally start paying attention.

While good for the cause, Lowell’s behavior serves as an embarrassment to his son, GOVERNOR JASON BACHMAN who happens to be in the middle of a re-election campaign. The press coverage of Lowell is killing Jason in the polls. To make matter’s worse. GEORGE MCKINNEY, another Los Angeles Supervisor has launched his own campaign for Governor and is using Lowell's behavior as the prime attack against his son. Jason asks his father to tone it down – but that’s not happening. It’s Lowell’s last chance.

Lowell ultimately convinces his son that he should join forces with him to achieve an even larger objective - to put a Statewide Witness Protection Program initiative on the ballot. Over the protests of his campaign staff, Jason puts his own political future at risk when he decides that he is going to help his Dad.

Jason is ultimately re-elected as Governor by the narrowest margin in the State’s history and the ballot initiative for a gang related witness protection program is successful. Lowell lives long enough to see the ribbon cutting on the first witness protection facility. Best yet, he knows that he has transformed himself as well as his son from a politician to a statesman.

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Submitted: September 5, 2016
Last Updated: April 18, 2020

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The Writer: David Lambertson

Hmmm - how does one craft a writing biography for one that has not spent a life writing? I'll give it a shot. I knew I wanted to be a writer when I was eighteen. I started writing when I was 56. In the years between I got married, had children, got divorced, got married again, had grandchildren and spent more than thirty years as a Government bureaucrat. Exciting - I know. There is good news and bad news in that. The bad news of course is that I spent my life working at a career other than the one I wanted to have. The good news is that I garnered enough life experiences to make my writing more meaningful than it would have been as an eighteen year old. Despite starting late, I have enjoyed... Go to bio

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