Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait and his supporters Wednesday celebrated the defeat of Measure D – which would have shortened the mayoral term from four years to two – calling it a “victory for the people” and a sign that voters are wising up to the influence of money in politics, according to the Voice of OC.
Measure D got 8,262 yes votes, equal to 45.7% of the vote. The No side prevailed with 9,825 votes and 54.3% of the vote.
This is the beginning of the end for former Anaheim Mayor Curt Pringle, who engineered Measure D and now must take his lumps for failing to fool the voters.
As one might expect Pringle’s boy Friday, Matt Cunningham, is trying to spin this into a victory by alleging that Mayor Tait should now be in fear of losing his re-election race in November. Nice try Jerbal! But no cigar. Tait will roll in November.
The Anaheim Council majority, which was installed by Pringle, should be in fear now. Their spin is not working and now they are all in trouble. Two of them, Kris Murray and Gail Eastman, are up for re-election in November and their partner in crime, Lucille Kring, is stupidly running against Tait.
Every time I drive by the ARTIC station, the unnecessary transit station that Pringle birthed, I get sick to my stomach. There will never be a high speed rail line, God willing, and even if there is it looks like it won’t connect to ARTIC making it as big a fail as Measure D.
ARTIC is a fitting tribute to Pringle’s ghastly political career. His power is now winding down and I can’t wait to see his allies lose in November.