If you know anything about politics then you should know that the Tea Party is not affiliated with either the Republican Party or the Democratic Party. Sure, most Tea Party members are Republicans but I know of two local Orange County Democrats who are running for the State Assembly that have been affiliated with the Tea Party. They are Karina Onofre, who is running for the 74th Assembly District, and Albert Ayala, who is running in the 72nd Assembly District.
Ayala ran before, in 2012, and lost. This is Onofre’s first legislative campaign. Scott Martindale, an OC Register reporter, has ignored Ayala but he wrote an article that did Onofre, who recently quit the GOP and returned to the Democratic Party, no favors. Here are a few excerpts from Martindale’s article:
Karina Onofre, who as recently as January espoused her conservative credentials at a Tea Party forum in Costa Mesa, filed paperwork last month to run as a Democrat in the 74th Assembly District race.
“It’s a real shame,” Anas, executive director of the Democratic Party of Orange County, said of Onofre’s switch. “It shows she doesn’t have a strong political compass. I don’t know if she’s naive or if this is more calculated, but either way, it’s disturbing.”
Three Republicans also are vying for the 74th Assembly District seat – Newport Beach City Councilman Keith Curry, Huntington Beach Mayor Matthew Harper and political aide Emanuel Patrascu of Laguna Beach.
What you need to know about Anas is that he came out of the Larry Agran/Beth Krom machine in Irvine – and like most OC Democrat leaders he really has no interest in helping the Latino community. The OC Democrats, like their national counterparts, answer to organized labor first and foremost. A successful business owner like Onofre is their kryptonite!
As for the other Democrat running for the 74th, Anila Ali, she appears to be yet another Agranista from Irvine. These Irvine Democrats are such a joke! They like to talk like they are business friendly but click here and see what Ali stands for – she wants to increase spending on education and public infrastructure. Yep, that means she wants more government jobs! Unionized government jobs of course.
Does anyone think Ali really has a shot at winning in the 74th regardless of Onofre’s presence on the ballot? Robert Rush, the Democrat who ran against Allan Mansoor in the 74th Assembly District in 2012, got less than 44% of the vote as compared to Mansoor’s 56.6% of the vote, according to Smart Voter. I don’t see why that won’t be repeated this November.
Anas could have been gracious about Onofre’s return to the Democratic Party but the last thing the OC Democrats want is a Latina who speaks her own mind. Onofre is already finding out that while the OC GOP is run by good old boys so is the OC Democratic Party.
I quit the GOP too, for some of the same reasons Onofre did. I tried the Democrats too and quickly found them to be beholden to labor, corrupt and not friendly to Latino interests. I hope Onofre will one day end up where I did – in the Libertarian Party – a party that is both fiscally conservative and socially progressive. You can’t say that about the Democrats and Republicans.