Ex-Costa Mesa mayor and current California State Assemblyman Allan Mansoor might challenge Michelle Steel, an elected member of the State Board of Equalization, for a soon-to-be open seat on the Orange County Board of Supervisors, according to the OC Weekly.
Mansoor fought a tough campaign last year to win his seat in the State Assembly, against Newport Beach Councilwoman Leslie Daigle. He can stay in the State Assembly for up to twelve years, so why would he want to leave?
Mansoor, a former Orange County Deputy Sheriff, knows how our County government works – and surely he would love to serve on a body that is dominated by Republicans. Right now he is a small fish in Sacramento, where our State Legislature is run by the Democrats.
While Steel can and will raise a lot of money, as the wife of former California Republican Party Chairman Shawn Steel, the reality is that it is going to take more than money to beat Mansoor, if he does decide to run for the Supervisorial District currently represented by John Moorlach.
So what about Moorlach? As we posted earlier today, he just might run for Mansoor’s Assembly seat. While he doesn’t generally support many other candidates I could see him backing Mansoor. And fellow Supervisor Todd Spitzer might do so as well. R. Scott Moxley, the great OC Weekly investigative reporter, surmises that Spitzer would want to stop Steel as she is allied with “fellow Korean American Susan Kang Schroeder, District Attorney Tony Rackauckas‘ chief of staff and separated wife of Mike Schroeder, one of the county’s most influential political players.”
Kang-Schroeder is angling to replace Rackackaus in the future, when he finally opts to retire, which would not be good news for Spitzer, who wants to be our next District Attorney. If T-Rack were to retire mid-term then the Board of Supervisors could appoint Kang-Schroeder to replace him. So it follows that Spitzer would want to keep Steel off the Board of Supervisors and would likely campaign for Mansoor.
Can Mansoor beat Steel? I would not underestimate him. The
high school grad (wait – hold the presses, according to his official bio he finally finished a two year degree) is not the smartest guy in Sacramento but he knows how to win hard-fought campaigns and he has a large following in Orange County, that includes the Tea Partiers and the Minutemen.
A Mansoor versus Steel campaign for the Board of Supervisors would be a real bloodbath. Steel’s backers include OC GOP Chairman Scott Baugh and Michael J. Schroeder, a former CA GOP Chairman, who, like Baugh, is also a political consultant. And former Westminster Councilman Tyler Diep works for Steel, which means she can likely count on the support of Diep’s longtime ally, former Assemblyman Van Tran. Mansoor will likely have the support of Spitzer and Moorlach – and also Bill Hunt, who likes like the leading candidate for OC Sheriff in 2014 (as the incumbent, Sandra Hutchens, may retire due to her battle with cancer).
No doubt that the OC GOP leadership will want to avoid this mess at any cost. But that won’t stop Mansoor from giving it a go. And he just might win.