Here are a few excerpts from the Register’s latest article about the race for the 37th State Senate District:
John Moorlach, a prominent advocate of reducing public employee pension costs, has criticized Wagner for accepting campaign donations from public employee unions. Wagner counters that he has never solicited union contributions.
Moorlach said issues with public employee unions in Sacramento go beyond contract negotiations. He noted that there are numerous bills before the Legislature that unions lobby on and said his policy of not accepting union contributions inoculates him from any appearance of favoring the groups.
Indeed, he has made a reputation of fighting the unions. That includes establishing a county measure – opposed by unions – of making public all offers and counteroffers in contract negotiations. Even Wagner expects the unions to get more involved in defeating Moorlach.
“It would surprise me if they did nothing because Moorlach has poked his finger in their eye so many times,” Wagner said.
But more than his union-related efforts, Moorlach is known for forewarning of the county’s 1994 bankruptcy and for taking over as county treasurer – and later county supervisor – as the county recovered. Although the bankruptcy was 20 years ago, a low-turnout special election like this one typically features a disproportionate number of older voters.
“I take some comfort in the fact that a high percentage of (likely voters) were voting in 1994,” said Moorlach, a certified public accountant who lives in Costa Mesa. “If they are 40 and over, I think they know who I am.”