I know it sounds strange but OCDA Tony Rackauckas likes to fund anti-prostitution rallies that feature musical acts. He calls them “Keep Calm and Beat H.E.A.T. Rocking & Rallies.”
What the heck is H.E.A.T.? Here is how Rackauckas explained it in a recent press release, “In April 2013, OCDA formed the Human Exploitation and Trafficking (HEAT) Unit, which targets perpetrators who sexually exploit and traffic women and underage girls for financial gain, including pimps, panderers, and human traffickers. Commercial sex trafficking is the second most lucrative criminal enterprise behind narcotics trafficking. Often the perpetrators are gang members and/or career criminals. To date, the Unit has prosecuted 41 cases with 100% conviction rate.”
So what is the problem? Well we could not help but notice that Rackauckas invited quite the motley crew of local politicians to serve as his co-sponsors for the next H.E.A.T. rally, which is set for this October 24, coincidentally right before the November General Election, at Chapman University. The co-sponsors for this event include Anaheim Councilwoman Kris Murray, Diamond Bar Councilwoman Ling Ling Chang, Orange County Supervisor Janet Nguyen, Rancho Santa Margarita Councilman Steven Baric, Mike Schroeder, OCDA Chief of Staff Susan Kang Schroeder, and State Board of Equalization Vice Chair Michelle Steel.
Is there a good reason that Rackauckas excluded Latino elected officials and candidates from this staged event? There are at least two Republican Hispanic candidates I can think of who should have been invited – SAUSD Trustee Cecilia Iglesias, who is the leading Republican candidate for the 69th Assembly District, and Carlos Vazquez, the leading Hispanic Republican candidate for the 46th Congressional District.
It is pretty obvious that Rackauckas is using taxpayer funds to stage PR event right before the November election and he hand-picked Asian and white politicians and candidates – and overlooked the Hispanic Republican candidates who are the OC GOP’s only hope in Central Orange County.
If Rackauckas thinks this is going to help the party’s Asian candidates he is quite wrong. If anything this is going to foster a backlash from OC voters who know pandering when they see it.