UPDATE: “In the race for the new 74th District, Assemblyman Allan Mansoor raised more, but Newport Beach Councilwoman Leslie Daigle has more cash on hand, according to the latest campaign finance filings,” according to the OC Political blog. Mansoor only has $60,875 cash on hand. Daigle transferred $23,250 from her Council account and raised an additional $111,818 in 2011 for her Assembly campaign.
OC GOP Chairman Tom Fuentes is now deathly ill with cancer, but he is still working on behalf of his beloved Republican Party. He summoned GOP Assembly candidates Allan Mansoor and Keith Carlson (Huntington Beach) to his bedside last week, at his home in Lake Forest, according to O.C. Register columnist Frank Mickadeit, and sure enough Fuentes did it again – convincing Carlson to pull out of the race for the 74th Assembly District. That paves the way for Mansoor to go head to head with moderate Republican Leslie Daigle, a popular Newport Beach Councilwoman.
I question this move, as Mansoor has not accomplished much in his time in Sacramento, and he has earned a deserved reputation for being anti-Mexican. In the open primary, Daigle can likely count on a lot of Democratic voter support – and Mansoor will have a heck of a time appealing to independents and Democrats. And he isn’t the incumbent. He currently represents only 20% of the 74th A.D., which is a newly redrawn district.
Mansoor is poorly educated – according to his bio, he worked at Orange Coast College as a Campus Safety Officer while studying there and later obtained an Associates Degree from Coastline Community College – and not that bright. In fact Mansoor was a government worker back when he was the Mayor of Costa Mesa. Mansoor was a Deputy O.C. Sheriff before he got elected to the 68th Assembly District and he primarily was a prison guard.
The OC GOP would have been better off going with Carlson, a successful attorney who graduated from UCLA’s School of Law. Insider Republicans keep saying that Mansoor is great because he opposed redevelopment – but Carlson would have voted the very same way.
Now they are going to have to sit there and watch Daigle raise more money than Mansoor, who is a lame fundraiser, and if they actually debate each other I have little doubt that she will hand him his head.
Keep in mind the fact that only 20% of the voters in the 74th A.D. are in Mansoor’s current 68th A.D. And there are three men in the race versus one woman. Those are good odds for Daigle!