Our Editor, Art Pedroza, makes an important point in this post from yesterday, OC BOS candidate Michelle Steel’s carpetbagging exposed at the Feet to the Fire forum:
…according to the Orange Juice blog, [Steel] is renting a small place in Surfside, but really lives…in the Palos Verdes Peninsula, with her loaded lawyer hubby Shawn Steel. Steel later admitted that she has only lived in Orange County since 2011, but the OJ bloggers have called BS on that.
We did a little further research and found her husband Shawn Steel’s Wikipedia bio says he and his family live in Oceanside (as does hers). Oceanside is in San Diego County. His personal injury law offices are shown located in Rancho Palos Verdes, Newport Beach and San Francisco. His Newport office (in nameplate only as we’ve personally seen) is actually shared with long-time Lincoln Club member Buck Johns, also the proprietor of Inland Energy at the same Jamboree Blvd. address. Johns has frequently used this office for GOP fundraisers.
This isn’t the first time a Supervisorial candidate has fudged on their residency. Former Anaheim Councilman Harry Sidhu was swapping homes between Districts back in 2010 when he ran and lost badly to Shawn Nelson. Sidhu sought to hide the discrepancy, but got caught by FFFF’s Tony Bushala and got sued.
OCPB doesn’t believe this sort of political and electoral manipulation is acceptable. Per the Editor, “None of the other candidates are carpetbaggers. Just Steel. That alone should be reason enough for the voters to reject her.”
We recall another mistake that Michelle made back in 2009. Art was the owner and editor of the Orange Juice blog back then and posted this: Is Republican Michelle Steel openly supporting Democrat Sukhee Kang? He had this photo to go along with the story:
Sukhee Kang was a disaster as a Democrat Irvine councilman and mayor — he was the third leg of the liberal stool that ruled Irvine for years and helped lose over $200 million in planning (but not actually building) the Great Park. Kang’s political allies were the corrupt Democrats Larry Agran and Beth Krom. Kang is no longer on the Irvine Council, and will hopefully never return. Our friend Allan Bartlett, currently an Irvine Finance Commissioner, was especially critical of Steel’s endorsement of fellow Korean Kang at the time. Allan has also been an OC GOP Central Committee member. The bottom line here is that loyal Republicans do NOT endorse Democrats — and especially shysters like Kang.
None of this is OK. Michelle Steel, despite her very pleasant, attractive demeanor and personal likability has two strikes. We’re concerned that her obvious relationship with mainstream Republicans in this area will ultimately be detrimental and too “old school” for our needs and issues here. It’s troubling that her Republican National Committeeman husband (and former Chairman of the California Republican Party) will be whispering in her ear to foster politicking rather than fixing the corruption, pension costs and union issues we face in the OC today (and which she has little practical experience with). Put another way, the Republican establishment hasn’t done Orange County very many favors since the Reagan era, and we can’t afford any more of the same old same old cronyism.
Allan Mansoor is the better candidate for the 2nd Supervisorial District. He is more independent of the Party and did a credible job in the Assembly, and previously as the Mayor of Costa Mesa (where he lives).
Mansoor published an especially well-written and focused message in the Fountain Valley View today:
His attention to the OCTA and the Transportation Corridor (Toll Road) Authority is especially pertinent given the money these Agencies squander. Michelle Steel doesn’t know any of that.
Allan Mansoor deserves our attention and support.
4/30 Update: Jill Cowan at the Daily Pilot published this story yesterday covering the “Feet to the Fire” debate Monday last. In part:
Soon, talk turned toward candidates’ political chops — and whether those experiences were relevant to the challenges facing an Orange County supervisor. While Mansoor — who was until recently planning to run for re-election to the Assembly — has faced criticism that he “jumped ship,” as Venezia put it, Steel has been painted as a state politician from Los Angeles County – she moved to Surfside a few years ago – stomping into a local race. With a campaign war chest of more than a half million dollars, Steel has raised more than five times as much money as second-place fundraiser Mansoor, who said he’s taken in almost $100,000.
5/2/Update: Apparently, even Steel’s campaign manager, the reputed and expensive Dave Gilliard, thinks the Steels live in San Diego County: “They live in Surfside, California” (second to last sentence).