OC Political, our neighbor blog that’s the best mouthpiece the OC GOP ever had, went all gaga yesterday with the announcement of Newport Beach Mayor Keith Curry’s candidacy for Assembly: BREAKING NEWS: Keith Curry Jumps Into AD 74 Race (even though the Nooner had it hours before.) The Daily Pilot reported it as well. AD74 incumbent Allen Mansoor is not seeking a third term, and will challenge BOE Member Michelle Steel for the better-paid and more influential 2nd District County Supervisor slot.
Curry, a long-time Newport Beach Council member, is also an active Lincoln Club member — we wonder how enthusiastically he supported their well-publicized but off-target Immigration Scheme that had absolutely no chance of working. He was also a strong supporter of Meg Whitman’s disastrous run for Governor in 2010.
The Mayor also has a few other issues floating in his punch bowl:
- Curry was the instigator for banning fire rings at Corona Del Mar beach and near the Newport Pier. This non-issue blew up, collected some fairly negative publicity for him and then creeped into Huntington Beach when the omnipotent AQMD got hold of it. Clearly it was first proposed by him to keep the unwashed away from some very expensive waterfront properties in Orange County’s wealthiest city. Newport will be losing over half of their wood-burning fire rings, with others converted to natural gas (no word on who pays for the fuel).
- Curry was a strong defender of the outrageous costs involved with building a new City Hall for Newport Beach. There wasn’t much of an argument that the City needed a larger, more modern building (even though city staff has been reduced), but they ended up with a Taj Mahal that has no more office space than the old building for nearly $120 million. The work is funded by a bond issue which further increases its cost.
- Curry strongly supported the City’s Dock Tax, so let’s not believe any future pronouncements from his campaign about what a tax fighter he’s been.
These are not the actions of a conservative Republican either, but just another moderate of which we’ve had our fill.
Keith Curry is a generally likable and respected official, and obviously well-experienced in municipal finance. But it’s time for someone in the Assembly who would NOT vote and govern like the comatose former Assemblyman Jim Silva who once represented part of this District. The era of old pol, go along-get along Republicans in Orange County is over. There’s no fight left in these guys.
The right candidate is Assemblyman Travis Allen’s District Director Emanuel Patrascu. Emanuel was Allen’s Campaign Manager in 2010, and engineered an 11-point landslide win for this political newcomer against a well-financed, heavily-endorsed GOP slug from Los Alamitos. He leads the Orange County Young Republicans and is well-suited for this job.