By Kelly R. Hubbard, The OC Tea Party Blog
It’s been said, that Ronald Reagan once referred to the California Republican Assembly (CRA) as the conscience of the GOP. For over 75 years, candidates from throughout our state, have coveted the CRA endorsement and have been known to fall all over themselves to gain the favor of CRA delegates, many of whom are among the most hard-core conservatives in the party.
You’d be hard-pressed to find a Republican candidate, running for any elected office in California, who hasn’t diligently sought this endorsement! The CRA endorsement is crucially important for many reasons and there is tremendous prestige attached to it.
Local CRA chapters in the 37th State Senate district, held a special endorsing session yesterday to decide which of the GOP candidates merited their endorsement to fill that important State Senate seat, recently vacated by newly elected Congresswoman Mimi Walters.
As I’ve blogged about in a previous post, out of the three GOP candidates running for this particular seat, only one has the distinction of being a solid fiscal conservative, with a record to prove it! That candidate is our former O.C. Supervisor and Treasurer John Moorlach!
Assemblyman Donald Wagner, the other top candidate in this race, has been plagued with a record that appears to be catching up with him in a big way! Wagner lost the CRA endorsement yesterday to Moorlach by a whopping 26 to 6 vote on the first and only ballot, with apparently one delegate abstaining.
According to my source, who was also a delegate at the meeting, Assemblyman Wagner was asked about an $8,500 donation to his campaign from one of California’s largest police Unions. Apparently, Wagner’s answer to that Union donation question was lame and it obviously didn’t satisfy most of the folks in that room!
In addition to that, local activists still had in the back of their minds a 2013 letter that Wagner signed, as one of 15 GOP Legislators, urging Congress to pass amnesty legislation.
This resounding rejection by local conservatives, should send a huge wake-up call to Wagner and it’s further evidence that many of his constituents don’t trust him anymore!
Such a rejection by local grassroots activists, I’m sure was a huge blow to Wagner and his supporters! Just a few months ago, almost the entire O.C. GOP establishment didn’t hesitate to get behind him, anointing him the automatic replacement for Walters’ seat!
The CRA’s endorsement of John Moorlach, and the rejection by delegates of Don Wagner, should send a big message to the local GOP establishment! The O.C. GOP can’t expect grassroots folks to just forgive and forget major blemishes in a candidate’s record, especially if that candidate has betrayed our trust by taking union money and advocating for amnesty in the not too distant past!
It’s astounding to me that folks like Don Wagner think they can just waltz right into a major elected office without having to answer, or be held accountable for a liberal record!
Equally astounding, is that Wagner appears to have been caught red-handed violating Scott Baugh’s rule regarding the withholding of party support for any candidate caught taking Union money!
Yet, the entire bunch of them have tripped all over themselves to support him and party bosses remain silent, including Baugh’s new replacement! Of course, the abandonment of core principles by these folks really shouldn’t surprise any of us!
There are many wonderful and dedicated Patriots in our local CRA chapters and I want to take this opportunity to thank them and salute them for upholding their platform and looking beyond personalities and other things that would distract them from making the right decision!
The take-away from yesterday’s important endorsement is that a candidate’s record matters! I think it’s also important to note that such an overwhelming margin of victory in favor of John Moorlach, proves that a consistent conservative record will always win in the end!
O.C. Tea Party Blog salutes our local CRA chapters for rejecting RINO behavior and rewarding consistent conservative behavior from our candidates! Read below!