With R. Scott Moxley’s surprising story just two days ago in the OC Weekly, the pieces continue moving around the local political chess board. 2nd District County Supervisor John Moorlach who is termed out in January, 2015 is now speculating he might run for Mansoor’s Assembly seat. From his email newsletter this afternoon, he writes of a “New Option”:
…the Daily Pilot, provides a new twist to my potential journey. Allan Mansoor has practically grown up in the Second District. He has served on the Costa Mesa City Council, which means he is familiar with the Board-type form of governance, and is familiar with negotiating with collective bargaining units. He’s also a former Orange County employee, so he is very familiar with the County and its functions and structure. As a sitting Assemblyman, he will make a formidable candidate to be my replacement. However, he can only run for one office next June. If he runs for Supervisor, that leaves his Assembly seat open and provides me with another option to consider as I near the conclusion of my listening tour.
It’s easy to presume that both these seasoned politicians (and Costa Mesa residents) would endorse each other for the job swap, creating even more heartburn for Messrs. Baugh and Schroeder as Moxley references in his Thursday story. Moorlach would be taking a good salary cut, and be burdened with the regular commute to Sacramento if he ran for and won the seat — so Mansoor’s getting the better part of the deal if he runs and wins the Supervisorial seat.
In all, there are far WORSE choices than this deal that we can’t find anything really wrong with — we’d still like Supervisor Moorlach to seriously consider a run for Governor, even though it’s the longest of long shots — but a major funder would need to step forward and the CRP would need to get its head out of its ass. But to their advantage, with these choices it’s unlikely a Democrat would be trying a run in this District — the GOP can ill-afford to lose another Assembly seat as happened with the feckless Chris Norby last year.
When Moorlach’s “listening tour” has concluded, we suspect the swap he’s now thinking about WILL make the 2014 ballot — and Allan Mansoor will be giving Mrs. Steel quite a contest.