Reportedly over 800 Orange County residents have sent in applications to become the next Orange County Clerk-Recorder. But will any of them really have a chance – or will the seat go to a political appointment?
Former State Senator Dick Ackerman and former State Assemblyman Chris Norby, both Republicans from Fullerton, could be the leaders of the pack. (Ackerman now lives in Irvine).
I am told that Ackerman will likely hire Laura Cunningham, who served as former Supervisor Bill Campbell’s Chief of Staff, if he gets selected to serve as Clerk-Recorder.
Will our Orange County Board of Supervisors pick a career politician or will they pick someone actually qualified for the job? You have to believe that it will be the former. That is too bad. I rather see someone experienced in the job, such as Hugh Nguyen, or Renee Ramirez, get selected.
Two of the current Supervisors are on the way out in 2014 – John Moorlach and Pat Bates. So they might vote for someone that can help them land their next political job. And Supervisor Janet Nguyen is angling to run for the 34th State Senate District in 2014 so she too will likely vote for someone who can scratch her back too.
That means Ackerman probably has the lead. Norby can’t raise money to save his life but Ackerman sure can.
The last time his name popped up was when he tried to lobby to sell the Orange County Fairgrounds to a bunch of insiders. Thank God that plot was foiled. His wife Linda lost to Norby a few years ago and slinked back to Irvine.
I suppose Ackerman would be no worse than the last career politician to serve as our Clerk-Recorder – Tom Daly, who now serves in the the 69th Assembly District. These people just don’t ever go away.