In another huge blow to the Don Wagner campaign the Orange County Register’s editorial board has endorsed John Moorlach for the 37th State Senate District.
Here are a few excerpts from the Register’s endorsement of Moorlach:
We find Mr. Moorlach possesses a track record as a knowledgeable truth teller willing to rock the boat on behalf of the taxpayer. Mr. Moorlach, therefore, has our endorsement to represent a district that includes Costa Mesa, Irvine, Newport Beach, Lake Forest, Laguna Woods, Tustin, Villa Park and sizeable portions of Anaheim, Huntington Beach and Orange.
Mr. Moorlach entered politics in the early 1990s in an attempt to avert looming financial disaster, predicting Orange County’s 1994 insolvency, the largest municipal bankruptcy in history at that time.
It was a politically unpopular prognosis that lost him the election for Orange County treasurer-tax collector, and earned him the nickname “Chicken Little.” But by the next year, the county’s municipal bond portfolio was in ruin and Mr. Moorlach had been appointed to fill the vacated position he had sought.
Mr. Moorlach was instrumental in putting the county back on an even fiscal footing, serving nearly 12 years as treasurer-tax collector before joining the supervisors.
On the board, Mr. Moorlach was a reliable voice for good fiscal stewardship and instituting much-needed pension reforms, including pushing, and ultimately passing, a Civic Openness in Negotiation ordinance for new contracts with the county’s employee unions.
Now, Mr. Moorlach can bring those talents to Sacramento, which is much in need of his style of fiscally prudent governance. There is much still to do to reform employee pensions and retiree health care costs, lower taxes, reduce regulations, improve the state’s business climate, foster school choice and more local control of schools, and audit state spending, he told us.
Though the Legislature has often doled out tax credits to preferred industries, such as Hollywood and “green-energy” companies, Mr. Moorlach finds such favoritism distasteful. “I’m not an advocate of special incentives,” he said.
Mr. Moorlach also told us he will be an unwavering voice for the county, and will work to secure a fairer formula for state funding of county government, which has seen our county give far more to the state than it has received for decades.
John Moorlach has accomplished a great deal of good for those he has represented, and we think he achieve a great deal more. He has our endorsement in the 37th state Senate District.