Karina Onofre, a candidate for the 74th Assembly District, blew some minds today when she made this announcement on Facebook: “I am a Conservative Democrat Young Woman, this is not about the political party and partisan divisive affiliations, it’s about representing the People of our District and the Future of California!!!!”
Onofre switched from the Democratic Party to the Republican Party when she ran for the Santa Ana City Council in 2012. She has since moved to Irvine and now appears to be returning to her roots.
This is a stunning development in that Onofre had been accepted into the OC GOP and was even working for a time for State Senator Bob Huff, who leads the GOP in the State Senate.
Onofre told me today that Huff apparently led an effort by his party’s Senate delegation to vote against driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants. That apparently turned her off and she left his employ and has now left the Republican Party.
Onofre is a businesswoman and I believe her when she says she is a conservative. But she is hardly the first Latina to leave the GOP. I left the party a few years ago, for similar reasons.
I tried the Democratic Party too but ultimately could not stomach their socialist economic policies and their love for unions. I also found the Democrats to be hypocrites on immigration. President Barack Obama held both Houses of Congress when he first took office. He did not lift a finger to reform immigration. In fact he went on to deport more people than any previous President! The Republicans can at least take credit for the Amnesty for immigrants that was signed by President Ronald Reagan.
I hope Onofre will consider joining me in the Libertarian Party in the future but for now she is a Democratic candidate for the 74th Assembly District.
Other candidates for the 74th Assembly District include Newport Beach Councilman Keith Curry – the guy who tried to get rid of the beach bonfire pits; Emanuel Patrascu, an aide to my favorite Assemblyman, Travis Allen; Huntington Beach Mayor Matt Harper, who used to work for OC Supervisor Janet Nguyen until she got him a six figure job at the OC Waste Management Agency; and Anila Ali, a middle school teacher.