It was a rough day for Karina Onofre, the former Republican now running as a Democrat for the 74th Assembly District. She sent me a press release this morning, consisting of an “open letter to Shelly Stirling,” but before I could post it I discovered that TJ Simers, the famed sports columnist who used to work at the LA Times but now writes for the OC Register, had stumbled across Onofre’s ads in his paper – and Simers let her have it.
Then, this afternoon, came word that former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer had purchased the Clippers for $2 billion dollars. You can bet that Ballmer won’t be heeding Onofre’s plea to move the Clippers to Orange County. Ballmer, a resident of Seattle, will surely move the Clippers to the Northwest to replace the dearly departed Seattle Supersonics, who we now call the Oklahoma Thunder.
Perhaps all this is for the best as apparently the blue ribbon panel that Onofre named to help her move the Clippers to Orange County either wasn’t informed about the gig or wasn’t interested, according to Simers.
But was all this really a political failure for Onofre? The fact is she was totally unknown and now, for good or for ill, she is practically a household name in Orange County. Will this newfound publicity translate into votes in the upcoming June Primary Election?
Onofre probably won’t make it to the runoff election in November but in the end she will at least block the other Democratic candidate, Anila Ali, from the General Election. Ali, an Agranista, would be a terrible State Legislator as she would be beholden to the corrupt Larry Agran. So we all owe Onofre a debt of gratitude for blocking Ali.
And if nothing else Onofre has made the election interesting in a way that her male Republican competitors never could. Hopefully she won’t get sued by the NBA and the Clippers for using the Clippers logo without permission.