Katherine Daigle, “a conservative-leaning Irvine mayoral candidate has firmly denied being a “fraudulent” contender who naively went along with a plan to “steal” the local election,” according to the O.C. Register.
The OC Weekly broke the story earlier this month that a political consultant named Patrick Strader, allied with Larry Agran, had lured Daigle into the Irvine Mayor’s race in order to split the Republican vote, dooming top GOP challenger Steven Choi. Here are a few excerpts from the OC Weekly article:
Documents obtained by the Weekly prove Larry Agran‘s liberal, Democrat political machine, the one that has ruled over Republican-heavy Irvine for 12 consecutive years, already secretly stole next month’s election so it can keep power for at least two more years.
The documents–a series of emails spanning a recent two-month period–outline how a Republican Agran ally and corporate lobbyist lured a decoy Republican candidate into the mayoral race to siphon critical votes away from legitimate Republican contender Steve Choi, a move that assures Agran of winning the Nov. 6 election.
One of my professional colleagues knows Daigle and insists that she did not sell out to Agran. My colleague is a credible source and I have to wonder now if Agran’s people lured Daigle into the Mayor’s race and she simply got duped.
There would be a quick way to put this to bed – Daigle should just withdraw from the race and endorse Choi. That would prove once and for all that she did not sell out to Agran.
But if Daigle stays in the race then what can we assume but that she has indeed cut a deal with Agran? She can’t hope to win, so why risk re-electing Agran?