I didn’t know that perennial candidate Jack Wu was now writing columns for the O.C. Register until a friend of mine sent me a link to an article he wrote this week wherein he ripped Karina Onofre, the former Santa Ana City Council candidate who is now running for the 74th Assembly District as a resident of Irvine.
Apparently Wu reached out to Onofre, wanting to meet with her. But then this happened:
Onofre: “Jack, I’m so sorry, I won’t be able to make it. I am having dinner in Newport with some very powerful politicians.”
OK, she’s flaking on me because I’m not nearly fancy enough, and she’s found a more important fish to impress. Not the first time, nor the last.
So I asked, “Out of curiosity, who are you meeting with? Blowing off the press is never a good idea … especially when it’s an opinion writer…:-) Get back to me when you have time.”
Onofre did not take kindly to Wu’s implied threat – and that is exactly what it appeared to be. In fact the emoticon he used came off as a smokescreen. But Onofre’s reaction was a bit much – Onofre responded, “Excuse me? Jack, you must’ve misunderstood me, I was looking fwd to meeting you to share the details of my Assembly campaign, but with your chauvinistic tone and implied threat, I’m no longer interested in meeting you. Get lost! Until you learn to respect women, don’t contact me.”
Ouch. But was Wu really behaving like a professional columnist? I don’t think so. She said she could not meet with him. His only response should have been to try to set a different meeting date, period.
But let’s dig a bit deeper here. Wu is an interesting character. He ran for Irvine Mayor in 1998, as a Democrat according to Smart Voter. He lost. He ran for a Water Board in 2002 and lost again, according to Smart Voter. At some point he moved to Newport Beach where he ran for the City Council in 2006, and lost yet again, according to Smart Voter. Along the way he apparently morphed into a Republican – in fact you can click here to check out his OC GOP page where he lauds departed OC GOP Chairman Tom Fuentes.
I guess that Wu finally gave up running for office and instead started writing for the Register – where he is now bullying young female candidates who are clearly over their head.
I have to wonder if Wu has some other fish to fry? Is he backing someone else for this Assembly seat? I wish he had actually shown good faith and met with Onofre. Now that is a column I would have wanted to read. Instead we will never know. And I for one can’t blame Onofre. Let’s see who Wu ends up endorsing…my guess is he already has made up his mind.