So now Janet Nguyen is arguing that she didn’t break the Baugh Manifesto because it only applies to local races and she is running for a partisan seat in the State Senate. I have to call B.S. on that because the intent of the Baugh Manifesto – which prohibits Republican candidates from accepting union campaign donations, was to stop electing politicians who are beholden to the unions. These politicians end up cutting sweetheart pension deals with the government employee unions, which are threatening to bankrupt our State of California.
But hold the presses. What happens to all of that union money? Well if Nguyen is correct and the Baugh Manifesto only applies to local races then the end result of OC GOP Chairman Scott Baugh’s mandate is that the union money goes to the liberal candidates who are running against the ostensibly conservative Republican candidates.
Ponder that for a moment. Isn’t Baugh’s Manifesto helping to fund liberals? Should otherwise conservative Republicans be allowed to accept union money as long as they pledge to stand firm against union abuses?
Back in the day the p0lice unions always backed the Republican candidates and even now I am told that 80% of cops are Republicans. But their union money goes pretty much only to liberal candidates, at least here in Orange County.
The California Republican Party is now down to under 30% of the overall voter registration in California. It is really barely a viable party at this point. But Baugh’s Manifesto has essentially cut off the party’s nose to spit their face. And the unethical candidates, like Nguyen, are ignoring it and making up excuses for their behavior, so why not level the playing field?
In a perfect world public employees would not be allowed to unionize. But that is not the world we live in. Isn’t it time to dump the Baugh Manifesto and let conservative candidates find what funds they can so they can compete with the liberals? Remember that today’s local elected officials are tomorrow’s state legislators, thanks to term limits. Allowing liberals to become entrenched on City Councils and School Boards is a terrible idea.