Mission Viejo Councilman Frank Ury has been pretending to be a conservative for some time but the wheels fell of his wagon this week when he tried to secure the endorsement of the OC GOP’s Central Committee.
Ury is facing off against several other Republicans who are also vying for a seat on the OC Board of Supervisors, in the Fifth District. Those candidates include Dana Point Councilwoman Lisa Bartlett and Laguna Niguel Councilman Robert Ming.
The entire affair was reported by the OC Political blog. Here are the highlights – or in Ury’s case the lowlights:
- Ury was asked why he endorsed a Democrat in a previous Mission Viejo City Council election. I believe that question was about Dave Leckness, a Democrat at the time that Ury endorsed him. Ury tried to explain that he picked the lesser of two evils by endorsing a Democrat over a Republican he didn’t like. But the OC GOP Endorsement Committee would have none of that! Thomas Gordon, an Endorsement Committee member, went after him again and this time Ury claimed that Leckness is now a “solid conservative.”
- When asked who his top three endorsers were, Ury replied that they were Sheriff-Coroner Sandra Hutchens, District Attorney Tony Rackauckas, and Congressman Gary Miller. Wow. Why brag about those endorsements? Lame!
- Larry Gilbert said that Ury pushed to remove provisions of a city manager’s contract related to termination the day before the recall election. Zing! Ury said that dismissing without cause requires a six month severance. The only change to the contract was that when the city cuts the contract for cause without severance, then the city has a right to go to a judge for a ruling.
- Ury was asked about lifetime health benefits for Councilmembers in Mission Viejo. He said that a prior Council gave staff and Council lifetime health benefits. Ury said he made sure all employees hired after 2007 would not get this. Ury signed an affidavit forsaking his lifetime health benefits. He says he’s the one who found the problem. He then said that he only voted against an item of this sort because it was posturing and was completely redundant with an item he’d already done. But why vote against it?
Bartlett was toasted all night long for supporting a ban on plastic bags in Dana Point. And she made some lame arguments about fees and taxes.
In the end Ming was recommended for endorsement by a 4-1 vote.
And Ury? He is toast at this point. He can’t get support from his own party and folks have finally figured out that he talks from both sides of his mouth. He is no conservative but Ming surely is and he will most likely end up on the OC Board of Supervisors.
Hopefully Mission Viejo’s voters will put an end to Ury’s political career the next time he runs for the Mission Viejo City Council.