Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Mansoor And Rush - Oh, My!

Take a little peek at that photo above.  It may be the last time you see these two men in a friendly handshake.

Yesterday the electorate apparently demonstrated that just throwing money into a campaign is not enough to sway their opinions and buy their votes.  I say that because, although Charlie Munger rained hundreds of thousands of dollars into Leslie Daigle's campaign for the past month or so, it didn't do any good.  Of course, the fact that Daigle dodged her opponents by refusing to face them in debates following her miserable performance at the Feet To The Fire Forum may have also contributed to her poor showing.  As you can see from the results of the 74th Assembly Vote below, not only was she trounced by the OC GOP anointed one, Allan Mansoor, but she trailed freshly-minted Democrat and political neophyte Bob Rush by more than 5,000 votes.

Official Results
I don't think Mansoor can get too comfy with his showingat this point.  In November we're going to have a much bigger turnout.  The Presidental battle, apparently between the incumbent and Mitt Romney, alone will draw a crowd to the polling places.  And in Costa Mesa, where we expect to see large numbers of voters to decide about Jim Righeimer's Charter and whether or not he will maintain power on the city council on November 7th by who they choose to place on the dais with him.

It will be VERY interesting to see whether the voters of the 74th Assembly District will choose to return to Sacramento an ineffective, unskilled politician - a lock-step lemming who marches to the drum that OC GOP Chairman Scott Baugh is pounding and who has a track record of ZERO accomplishments during his term - or will they choose someone who has demonstrated strong negotiating skills, can articulate his views, is a successful businessman and is a CPA, to boot, to help try to sort out the monumental difficulties that exist in the state capitol.  Hmmm, such a decision.. what will I do?

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Anonymous WEthepeople said...

"we" will elect a non skilled lock step lemming with zero accomplishments because his resume is stronger than that of rush and this is OCGOP country. next question?

6/06/2012 05:53:00 PM  
Blogger Joe said...

The extremists seemed quite defensive last night, especially when Genis spoke and clearly had more information and better arguments than the charter's "author" did. Sandy Genis is another Costa Mesa sane Republican.

6/06/2012 06:28:00 PM  
Blogger Moon said...

His resume is stronger? What has he done for us lately is the better question.

6/06/2012 06:58:00 PM  
Blogger Moon said...

I am a person too and I won't be voting for the 'minuteman mayor'. What has Alan done for we, the people, lately? Nothing.

6/06/2012 06:59:00 PM  
Blogger Moon said...

Mr. Mansoor has no real resume. Unless you count the 'minuteman mayor' stunt and the ensuing lawsuit. What's he done for Costa Mesa lately? Nothing.

6/06/2012 07:01:00 PM  
Anonymous TRUE Republican said...

So your alternative - as a "Republican" who purportedly believes in at least one or two "Republican" values - is to vote for a Democrat to send to the heavily Democratic assembly to represent our heavily Republican district?

Because, of course, the viciously partisan Democrats in Sacramento will be so awestruck by Rush's experience, negotiating skills, ability to articulate his views and the fact that he is a successful businessman and CPA (because CA Democratic assemblymembers have so much respect for businessmen!), that they will listen attentively to Rush as he suggests to them how they should go about sorting out the monumental difficulties that exist in the state capitol in a manner which best represents the heavily Republican 74th.

You're delusional, Geoff.

No, what we need is a Republican fighter to do daily battle and not compromise one bit on core Republican values like taxes and budget matters. We're hanging on by a thread, and the very last thing we need is to send as our representative a Democrat (Rush) or a waffling compromiser (Daigle) who will listen to sweet nothings while bargaining away our tax dollars and standing idly by as Brown and Co. continue to raise taxes while doing NOTHING about the out of control spending that is threatening the very viability of this state.

6/06/2012 08:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Costa Bell said...

As a Republican for the last 40 years I will NOT be voting for Riggy, Monahan and the rest. I am ashamed of their actions, the bullying of employees has gotten to the point that several have hired their own employment attorneys, employee levels are diminished so drastically the most mundane of job duties can't be done and temporaries are being hired left and right. If you are in doubt, try an experiment. Call a department. How long does it take to answer the phone? If you leave a message does someone call you back? Do you get voice-mail 2 out of 3 times because of the lack of staff? I DARE you to call any department between 8-5 and you not get good customer service at the most FAIR customer service. IS this what the citizens of Costa Mesa deserve?

6/07/2012 05:23:00 AM  
Anonymous WEthepeople said...

"We" appreciate law enforcement and Mansoor has a long stint as a sheriff on his resume and that trumps Rush.

6/07/2012 07:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Diogenes said...

Total votes cast for the 74th: 57415. Fewer than half the number of citizens of Costa Mesa! Alan has a tough row to hoe here, unless he leans heavily on the "Hire the handicapped" motto; and to counter it, all Bob has to do is keep his mouth sort of closed and let Alan dig his own hole, pretty much as he did at the Feet to the Fire forum. I do not believe the people of the 74th will choose an intellectually-challenged do-nothing like Mansoor just because he calls himself a "Republican".

Every computer ever built has an instruction built into it that performs no operation at all, just uses up a little time. Programmers usually call this instruction a "No-op". Mansoor has been, and will continue to be, a no-op, unless we consider his gaffes, like closing the jobs center or embroiling us in the Coyotl Tezcatlipoca lawsuit by his violation of a citizen's first amendment rights. Oh, but those were done when he was Da Mare... Should we consider him a new person, now that he's a "Republican"? With a two-year record in the assembly, maybe not.

6/07/2012 09:31:00 AM  
Blogger CM Resident said...

@ TRUE Republican: so you think a far right antagonist, who has no record of success is a better bet and will do more for us than someone who appears to be moderate, reasonable, thoughtful, and calm, stands his ground, is a fiscal conservative, and doesn't appear to be beholden to others?

The “divide and conquer” and “ground zero” approach isn’t working at a national level, at a state level, and it’s certainly not working here in our City.

The two parties are too far apart, and it’s becoming ludicrous. There is NO moderation, the middle class is shrinking at an ever faster rate, we're falling faster and further behind in education, and very little in any positive direction is getting accomplished. I never thought I’d live to see the day when Ronald Reagan would look like a liberal!

I do not know Rush… but I have seen, met, spoken w/ Mansoor for many years. I do not think he’s a bad person – but he’s been ineffective and appears to have sold out to the now crazy "new" fanatical GOP. I’m ready to try a different approach.

I’d like to see our elected officials - including in CM - roll up their sleeves and get something done that's positive for our City. Our local officials are too hell bent on proving a point, padding their wallets, looking for their next position and using CM as their stepping stone, giving benefits to their developer friends for campaign contributions, etc. -- and it’s all ego driven. You think Righeimer and Mensinger (and McCarthy and Fitzpatrick and others) will EVER agree to compromise, stop spending wildly and stop encouraging more lawsuits, and try to change courses for the betterment of our City? I don’t.

6/07/2012 10:05:00 AM  
Anonymous Barry said...

Did you and I see the same election results on Tuesday? Read the tea leaves BC. Voters want financial reform. I predict not only Charter will pass, but Costa Mesa and other cities will move forward like San Jose and San Diego and reform pensions ourselves. Sacramento said the system is broken but refuses to fix it. The people are speaking in waves that they want this. Rip Righeimer all you want, he has hit an issue that people care about.

6/07/2012 10:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Dale Carnegie said...

I've written a new book based on your mayor! It's called, "How to Be a Dunce and Alienate People."

6/07/2012 11:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Mike O'Reilly said...

"The Presidental battle, apparently between the incumbent and Mitt Romney. . . . "? Or I suppose you could have said, "The Presidential battle between Barack Obama and a robotic, out-of-touch GOP rich guy. . . . "

6/07/2012 11:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Sam Grady said...

Barry, what you fail to realize is that both San Diego and San Jose have their own independent pension fund. They are not members of CALPERS. CALPERS agencies cannot have part of their staff in the system and part not. If Costa Mesa wants to dissolve itself of CALPERS, it must cancel its' contract for everyone. CALPERS would then send Costa Mesa a huge bill for all the unfunded liabilities. Also before both San Diego and San Jose can implement its' new policy it must stand up to the many court challenges that are currently being filed. The courts previously have ruled that pension formulas cannot be changed for existing employees. So before you start thinking it will be a good idea for Costa Mesa to follow in the path of San Diego and San Jose, it may be financially prudent to see how the courts decide the legal validity of those pension reform measures.

6/07/2012 11:32:00 AM  
Anonymous TRUE Republican said...

@CM Resident,

You are right - the sides are too far apart. That means that the Democrats will do whatever they can to marginalize any Republican district - which the 74th is.

Let's face it - the Democrats are never going to compromise on taxes, budget or pensions - EVER. Their mission is to reduce the Republicans to below the veto threshold. Every major defeat for taxpayers has been because one or two "moderate" Republicans cave under withering pressure from the Democrats. That is why the no new taxes pledge is so important.

This isn't my opinion - it is fact. Every budget gimmick thought up by trhe majority Democrats has been an abject failure - every single one. Revenue assumptions are always way off, and promises of savings always lies.

The only real power Republicans have left in Sacramento is a budget veto - anything that weakens that is 100% unacceptable.

Geoff West will vote to weaken that, solely because he doesn't like Mansoor.

Mansoor has actually accomplished much as a freshman, authoring three pieces of legislation and serving as Vice Chairman of the Assembly Public Employees, Retirement and Social Security Committee; and as Co-Chair on the Assembly Legislative Ethics Committee. He also serves on the Assembly Budget and Assembly Health Committees.

I don't expect the union shills posting here to ever support Mansoor, but his record should at least be accurately reflected.

6/07/2012 11:55:00 AM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

TRUE Republican,
Please! NONE of Mansoor's legislation passed. He can "author" all he wants, but he accomplishes NOTHING unless he can successfully bring actual change. He can't because he lacks the skill set to do it. He doesn't even know the definition of the word "negotiate"! It's his way - as defined by his masters in the OC GOP - or the highway!

You can whine all you want, but MY Republican party is in a world of hurt until we can find effective folks to send to Sacramento - not intellectually-challenged guys like Mansoor.

6/07/2012 12:04:00 PM  
Anonymous Ethan Conway said...

Do you mean a long stint as a jailer? Remember that Mansoor could not handle the pressure of being a patrol deputy and requested to be transferred back to the jail.
SO in reality he was just as ineffective as a "sheriff" as he was a mayor and now as he is in the assembly.

I have a strong feeling the most effective Mansoor has been was during his stint as a security guard while issuing parking meter violations.

WEthepeople said...

"We" appreciate law enforcement and Mansoor has a long stint as a sheriff on his resume and that trumps Rush.

6/07/2012 12:31:00 PM  
Anonymous TRUE Republican said...

Pot Stirrer - effective Republicans like Bob Rush?

Please - be serious.

Enough with your petulant whining about Mansoor's record in Sacramento - the reality is, unless he writes legislation repealing Prop 13, raising taxes, or giving 3@50 pensions to ALL public employees, the Democrats are going to ensure that his pension reform legislation does not pass.

Stop with the BS arguments about Mansoor's effectiveness. NO Republican legislation about Republican values (taxes, budgets, pensions) will EVER pass in a Democrat-controlled CA Assembly.

You really are ridiculous - whining about the fate of "your" Republican party while openly supporting a Democrat for Assembly when every single Republican body counts.

6/07/2012 01:08:00 PM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

TRUE Republican,
Really? You're OK with having an ineffective, incompetent taking up space in Sacramento instead of having someone who just MIGHT be able to be a conduit for consensus? You, my friend, are the perfect example of exactly what's wrong with the OC GOP! With you clowns it's all about YOUR dogma, not what's best for the constituency. Your actions across the board reflect a disdain for what's right for the people who elect you.

I don't know whether Bob Rush can beat Mansoor in November. I suspect you'll plow a lot of money to defeat him. We'll see. I didn't decide to vote for Rush lightly, but the seat might just as well be empty with Mansoor in it.

6/07/2012 02:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Spark It! said...

If Mansoor's re-elected, maybe he, his Minuteman buddies, and Tea Partyboy Pollit can start a big revolution up in Sacto. I'm sure Monahan, Riggy, and Fitzy would dress up in their special costumes (leprechaun, Napoleon, Shrek)to help get it started.

6/07/2012 02:22:00 PM  
Anonymous TRUE Republican said...

Pot Stirrer,

Dogma? Do you even have a clue what the Democrats in Sacramento are all about? Why is it evil for Republicans to stand their ground when the Democratic majority has been lock-step for decades? They even banish their own members who don't toe the party line.

Please, stop with the delusional nonsense - the stakes are way too high. One less Republican means one step further to complete control of the budget by Democrats who have proven, year after year for decades, that they cannot be trusted with our tax dollars.

This is really serious stuff my friend, and not the time for platitudes and wishful thinking.

6/07/2012 05:13:00 PM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

TRUE Republican,
If this was "serious stuff", why does the Republican Party continue to support incompetents like Mansoor? How in the world do you expect to make ANY progress in Sacramento when you put guys like that in office. If he is actually the best we can do, then we are in truly terrible condition and probably deserve to lose ground in Sacramento.

6/07/2012 05:30:00 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

This article was dead on about the comments on Mansoor. He's learned what it takes to get the money and votes in the 74th Assembly by toting the hard right line on all positions. Daigle was too liberal (as well as other serious problems). It will be sad day when we elect an official known by such taglines as "putz", "buffoon", "ineffective", "jailer". I have not heard one positive thing on Mansoor other than he will say "no" to everything.

6/07/2012 11:46:00 PM  
Blogger just wondering... said...

Very true, that the best the Republican party could muster is Mansoor. We will all be shaking our heads in November.

Mansoor, Messy, Riggy, Bever, all feel that is merely all they have to do...get elected. Once elected, their job is done. None of them have done a single thing for this city, and we can expect the same if they go on to higher office.

If you don't want the Dems to take over,then you'd better find someone to run that doesn't drag their knuckles.

6/08/2012 04:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Liberal Republican said...

I'm voting for the best Republican in the field, Bob Rush...

6/08/2012 09:33:00 PM  

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