OC GOP Pressures Leece On Contract Vote
THE EXCREMENT HITS THE OSCILLATING UNIT
In a press release issued this morning Costa Mesa Mayor Pro Tem Wendy Leece announced that she has been receiving tremendous pressure from high-ranking members of the Orange County Republican Party to reject the contract proposals negotiated with the employee bargaining units at the Special City Council Meeting Tuesday night.
OFFICIALS CAUGHT ON TAPE
In an article in the Daily Pilot online this morning, HERE, Leece is quoted as stating that many high-ranking members of the OC GOP have sent emails and have been in telephone contact with Leece over the past few days demanding that she vote to reject the contracts. Leece apparently has voicemail recordings of those conversations to backup her announcement. We have made an official Public Records request from the City of Costa Mesa for copies of those recorded messages and email messages.
STUNNING, BUT NOT SURPRISING
This stunning development is not unexpected. Leece has been shoved aside during this campaign as the OC GOP has marshaled all it's forces to get Jim Righeimer and Allan Mansoor elected. It's clear from this current action that Chairman Scott Baugh and his cohorts are willing to cast Leece - about as loyal a Republican as you'll likely find in Orange County - under the bus.
OC GOP WILLING TO BANKRUPT COSTA MESA
Through the interference of their leadership, it is also obvious that the OC GOP is willing to force Costa Mesa into bankruptcy to make it the tip of the lance in their quest for state-wide public employee pension reform. This is unacceptable interference with the governance of our city and, once again, demonstrates the arrogance of the leadership of the Orange County Republican Party when it comes to trying to muscle municipal leaders to bow to their wishes.
RIGHEIMER PART OF THE PROBLEM
Keep in mind that council candidate Righeimer is part of this OC GOP hierarchy. He's practically a conjoined twin with Baugh. This kind of intimidation and bullying is just a sample of what the residents of Costa Mesa can expect if Righeimer is elected to our city council next week. If he's successful, more than 100,000 residents of our city will find themselves controlled by the whims of a handful of lock-step lemmings at the top of the OC GOP, where political dogma is more important than the well-being of our city.