OC GOP BATTLE PLAN
According to a source close to the Orange County Republican Central Committee, that group will meet on January 16th and consider an agenda that will consider three additional endorsements. They will support an ineffectual, lame current Assemblyman, a "union-busting" initiative and furthering their takeover of the City of Costa Mesa. Those endorsements are:
- Allan Mansoor for Assembly District 74 for the primary election on June 5th. You may find the map of the 74th Assembly District, HERE, of interest - particularly if you look at the demographics and voting patterns in the 2008 election.
- The "Stop Special Interest Money Now" initiative. You can read about it HERE, but it seems to be another attempt to quash union money in elections - even though it also says it is aimed at corporate contributions, too. This looks very much like a protracted version of Section 603 of Jim Righeimer's Charter - his old "Payroll Protection" scheme that went down in flames nearly two decades ago. When you reach the site, be sure you look at the actual initiative language.
- A slate for the Costa Mesa City Council seats that will include Gary Monahan, Steve Mensinger and, maybe, Colin McCarthy. Looks like Scott Baugh and the boys are worried about their guy, Jim, being left all alone, dangling in the wind if the three open seats are not filled by party loyalists.
I explained to my source that they're setting the bar pretty darn low if Mansoor is their choice. I won't vote for him, but have not yet decided whether Leslie Daigle or Keith Carlson will get my vote in the primary in June.
MONAHAN WILL NEED THEIR HELP
I'm sure they realize that a compliant Monahan is going to need a lot of help to get re-elected again. He has demonstrated that he no longer has what it takes for the job, starting with his despicable actions last St. Patrick's Day. He has virtually abdicated his position to Righeimer and just passively goes along for the ride - and the benefits.
MENSINGER - ARRGGHH!
Mensinger, of course, has NEVER run for public office - three votes got him his appointed seat last year. I don't view him as a passive person, but I suspect Baugh and his buddies think they can control him, just as they do with Righeimer.
WILL MC CARTHY RUN?
McCarthy has not declared whether he will run or not, but the smart money is betting that he will. He's laid all the groundwork for it by creating the Costa Mesa Taxpayer's Association - a shill organization for the OC GOP in Costa Mesa. As president, he has a platform from which to spout the party line that, to the passive resident, looks important. It's not, and he's not. If he's successful in gaining a seat along with Monahan, Mensinger and Righeimer - Wendy Leece still has two years on her tour - that would give us three developer-oriented council members and a passive sheep for a fourth vote, if necessary. And, McCarthy, no matter what kind of outfit he wears, is a whole lot smarter than Eric Bever - the lamest of lame ducks who is termed out this year.
"A ROUGH BUSINESS"
During our exchange of views my source told me: "Politics is a rough business to be in. Seeing it from the inside the past few years has been eye opening for me. I tell people that as bad as they think of politics looking at it from the outside, the problems are much worse than anyone's worst imaginations." Having seen how the OC GOP has treated Leece - a loyal soldier until they began to vilify her for doing what she felt was the right thing for the City fifteen months ago - I understand exactly what my source means. Her actions didn't follow the party line, so she has been shunned by virtually every official in The Party ever since. She's on her own.
OC GOP PETRI DISH
Of course, that doesn't surprise me, but it does anger me, because the OC GOP has apparently decided to make Costa Mesa it's own little Petri dish - a place where they can experiment with changing the very fabric of the community and the way it's governed - without worrying about doing damage to a more "important" city.
LOOKING FOR CANDIDATES
So, dear readers, as this year moves forward and we approach the campaign crazy season, I'll remind you of some of this stuff from time to time. It is my hope that three solid citizens with only the best interests of our city in mind decide to run for the three available seats on the City Council later this year. I know it will be difficult for anyone trying to defeat the OC GOP-sponsored candidates. In addition to being expensive, it will be nasty, too. If we thought Mensinger, for example, was a thug and bully BEFORE he had to run for office, just wait until he has THAT pressure to deal with. Just wait until he has to begin to worry about which skeletons in his closet might be brought out into the light.
MULTIPLE MEETINGS TUESDAY
In the meantime, it's off to the next council meeting tonight to hear about Righeimer's Charter and the many amendments that have been submitted. As of Monday there were many, many more submitted. You can read all of the suggestions HERE. See you there - the meeting begins at 7:00, following the Special Joint Redevelopment Agency/City Council meeting that precedes it at 6:00. It could be a long, long evening.