The race for the 74th Assembly District heated up as former GOP funder and activist Howard Ahmanson attacked RINO candidate Keith Curry with a mailer. But Ahmanson also ripped into Democratic candidate Anila Ali – actually quoting an article I wrote a few months ago, in another mailer that also touted former Republican Karina Onofre.
Since he’s got virtually no chance at the Top Two in next month’s primary election for 74th District Assembly, this year’s Huntington Beach Mayor Matthew Harper is pushing a monumentally clever strategy to leverage his mayoral title into its own election as a separate office. Per the Huntington Beach Independent two days ago: Harper wants city to vote on chance to elect the mayor.
Like many Orange County cities, HB rotates their mayoral title annually amongst the sitting council members. The position is largely ceremonial, holds the council meeting gavel, but has no additional voting power or political influence in city matters (and especially in this one that’s really run by the former 12-year city manager of San Bernardino who doesn’t know why they’re going bankrupt). But the title looks good on a resume, or campaign mailer to low-information voters. And the fancy name badge really wows the Scout troops. Continue reading
OCPB has learned the Orange County Lincoln Club has UNendorsed AD74 Candidate Keith Curry. As of this weekend, Curry’s name no longer appears on their State Endorsements web page. We understand the action was taken as Curry has accepted a campaign donation from the OC Firefighters Union.
Did we learn anything about the candidates running for the 74th Assembly District when they debated at the first “Feet to the Fire” forum last Thursday? The event was sponsored by the Daily Pilot, the Orange County Register and Voice of OC, and featured what turned out to be a pretty lame panel, that included Voice of OC Editor-in-Chief Norberto Santana Jr., Register and Daily Pilot columnist Barbara Venezia, Daily Pilot editor John Canalis, Register columnist Jack Wu and Daily Pilot City Editor Alicia Lopez.
The candidates at the forum included several Republican candidates: RINO Newport Beach Councilman Keith Curry; Huntington Beach Mayor Matt Harper, who talks conservative but acts otherwise; Emanuel Patrascu, district director for Assemblyman Travis Allen; and two Democrats – small business owner Karina Onofre and public schoolteacher Anila Ali. Continue reading
You know it’s the Silly Season when the Lincoln Club elites venture out of the $130 million Taj Mahal and have their attorney friends get their hands dirty by suing their opponents for ballot designations. Jack Wu, an NB politico, Daily Pilot columnist and Dana Rohrabacher fan discusses the latest nonsense in a Register piece dated yesterday: Patrascu’s 74th Assembly District ballot designation prompts lawsuit. Continue reading
Financial advisers, even the bad ones, will warn investors that “past performance is no guarantee of future results” — that might apply to stocks, but it always works in partisan politics.
In 2011, one of the most entertaining races in Orange County was the 72nd Assembly District which saw Los Alamitos Councilman and recently failed Clerk-Recorder candidate Troy Edgar running against Travis Allen, an underfunded but charismatic political newcomer. Allen had never run for office (he owned a small wealth management firm), but he had two big advantages over Edgar — he wasn’t a lying hypocrite and he didn’t have a parasite for a campaign manager. Allen ended up winning in an 11-point landslide, costing Edgar about one-half million dollars in his failed effort. Numerous posts here exposed Edgar for his phoniness in raising taxes in his own city and canoodling with its trash hauler while he portrayed himself as a “tax fighter” — in fact, the OC GOP even awarded him for being a schnook.