Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Feet To The Fire Forum - Again

While we're all sitting around (Ha!) waiting for the court ruling today, I thought I'd better remind you of a very special event next week.

On April 5, 2012, the irrepressible Barbara Venezia, who promises to wear her flame outfit again, will host yet another in her series of Feet To The Fire Forums at the Costa Mesa Neighborhood Community Center, 1845 Park Avenue. (Lions Park) Doors open at 6:30 and the festivities begin at 7:00.

In this iteration Barbara will be joined by Daily Pilot Editor John Canalis, new Daily Pilot self-styled conservative columnist Jack Wu, former publisher of the Daily Pilot and new head honcho of the Orange County Register's The Current, Tom Johnson, Newport Independent Editor Roger Bloom and Voice of OC Editor-in-Chief Norberto Santana, Jr. as they put the screws to the three remaining candidates for the recently-configured new California 74th Assembly District.

Scheduled to be grilled by those stalwart journalists are two Republicans, Allan Mansoor and Leslie Daigle, and a g
uy who became a registered Democrat simultaneous with filing his papers to run for this seat, Newport Beach's Bob Rush.


Mansoor is trying to run as an incumbent, but he's not. His old district was manipulated so he doesn't live there anymore. But, he's the closest thing to an incumbent in this particular race, for all the good that will do him. His two years in the Assembly has been undistinguished - his peers barely knew he was there. None of the three bills he initiated went anywhere. When you're in the minority (seems strange to refer to him as such, considering his history in this city) you have to be a consensus-builder to get anything accomplished. He is NOT a consensus-builder by any stretch of the imagination. His role in Sacramento has been as a lock-step lemming mouthpiece for the far, far right.

Daigle, a Newport Beach council member, is challenging the OC GOP on this run. Mansoor has the support of Scott Baugh and his cronies, so she's up against it with this run. We've seen how aggressive Baugh and his pals can be when folks run against their "chosen ones", so Daigle will have her hands full. She is viewed by many as a more moderate candidate - one that might actually be able to accomplish something in Sacramento - but those are fighting words for the OC GOP establishment.

Rush is an enigma. He has been described by some as a council gadfly, which isn't necessarily bad. There seems to be no real reason for him to be running, but he's putting up some serious cash to do so. Some folks think he may be a spoiler, placed in the race to split Daigle's votes and, maybe, attract enough Democrat voters to the primary to squeeze Daigle out, leaving Mansoor and Rush to compete in the General Election. Considering the demographic in this new district, that almost certainly guarantees a Mansoor win in November. Since California has an open primary - where partisans can vote for their enemy's candidates - the fact that Democrats can vote on the Republican ticket could make this an interesting race.


Based on recent reports, all the candidates have a little over $100,000 in their campaign war chests to spend so far. Daigle has captured many important endorsements but Mansoor has the party behind him. It's going to be fun, to say the very least.

Thursday's forum should be VERY interesting. It's being held on Mansoor's home turf, so we can likely expect a crowd that leans in his favor. Certainly, you could expect to see a covey of GOP sycophants in attendance. It's my understanding that three community television crews, Costa Mesa Television, Newport Beach Television and Irvine Television, will be on hand to record the event for taped replay on their respective community access channels. But, don't let that stop you from turning out to see the show.

So, join me on Thursday. Barbara always puts on a good show and it is really fun to watch politicians, and would-be politicians sweat a little. See you there...

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Anonymous psychoman said...

I am a sycophant who will be there! BTW: Allan has many more important endorsements than Daigle. We are all very proud of Allan and his work ethic. Daigle=Unions folks.

3/27/2012 01:50:00 PM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

Appropriately-named "psychoman",
Who is that "we" you speak of? Certainly not me. And, can you please define that "work ethic" for me? Is that the one he chose when he cooled his heels in the jail for nearly two decades instead of being out doing real police work? Is that it?

3/27/2012 03:14:00 PM  
Anonymous Nothing New Here said...

Oh yea former Mr. 3% at 50 Councilman Mansoor and now pension earning do nothing Assemblyman Mansoor has such a wonderful work ethic. Not! His voting record has benefited unions especially in Costa Mesa then anything Daigle has done. It is funny that the OCGOP supports those who's voting record shows they are not a fiscal conservative, nor can they make any real change in Sacramento. It is politics as usual in the OC.

3/27/2012 03:48:00 PM  
Anonymous I M Here said...

Psychoman, pay no mind to the angry man behind the blog. Only 7.5 people pay any mind, and no one is sure what kind of mind that is?

Daigle has taken union money. So it is not a surprise that our own Weathervane Wendy endorsed Daigle. Pot Belly, go ahead and try and explain 4-1 Leece’s action as anything other than mental defect.

I look forward to the day when the Pot Stinker and Weathervane Wendy come out of the closet and just admit they are shadow liberals.

Psychoman, don’t you understand, 4-1 Leece listens to the people. Captain Kangaroo believes that is an essential part of leadership.

3/27/2012 04:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Exactly said...

The readership and commenters on this blog represent a very loud but very small minority of Costa Mesa residents (and a few public employee union members who don't live in Costa Mesa but think they should have a voice on city policy).

Reading the drivel on this blog is at times amusing and at times annoying. Looking forward to the post here on November 3 when there is a resounding affirmation of Costa Mesa's policies over the last 2 years. Also looking forward to the June election when Assemblyman Mansoor destroys the union interests that recruited Leslie Dagile to run against him.

3/27/2012 06:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Central Valley Farm Animals said...

We're looking forward to the day Stevie completely flops in Costa Mesa and returns to live with us in the fields.

3/27/2012 07:59:00 PM  

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