Monday, November 3, 2014

Firecrackers and duds


     ABSOLUTE FIRECRACKER. Our own Wendy Gabriella is running for the 73rd Assembly District, which is about as right-wing as Derek Reeve’s little corner of hell (see below), so her chances looked mighty slim at the start. But she surprised everybody by coming out on top in the primary—she secured more votes than any Republican (natch, she was the only Dem). But, since then, she’s run an effective campaign and so, as things stand, she has a chance of clinching victory tomorrow.
     As she likes to say, her Republican competitor is “ethically challenged,” and he surely is (he doesn’t seem to be into the honesty thing).
     Meanwhile, Wendy's coming across like new-fangled motherhood and fiscally conservative apple pie. Check out Wendy’s whiz-bang campaign here.
     The 73rd Assembly District comprises these areas of South County:
• Aliso Viejo
• Coto de Caza
• Dana Point
• Ladera Ranch
• Laguna Hills
• Laguna Niguel
• Las Flores
• Mission Viejo
• Rancho Santa Margarita
• San Clemente
• San Juan Capistrano
     Here’s the Orange Juice Blog’s description of the race for the 73rd:
AD-73: Bill Brough (R) vs. Wendy Gabriella (D) — Gabriella, a first-time candidate, has turned out to be an absolute firecracker, while “experienced” candidate Brough has turned out to be a total dud. The Republican argument for supporting Gabriella is that it avoids 12 years of Brough. (There are plenty of more qualified candidates in this district.) It would be shocking if Gabriella could beat Brough in such a Republican district — but I think that it would be a lot less shocking inside of OC than outside of it. Do you want 12 years of “Unpaid Bill,” and a chance to try again, South County Republicans — or do you want a couple of years of a brilliant and fiscally conservative Democrat?
     DOUBLE D DUD. You’ll recall the sad and silly saga of Derek Reeve, a Tea-gulping, six gun-packin', right-winger who taught Political Science for Saddleback College and who, a few years ago, managed to get himself elected to the San Juan Capistrano City Council.
     DtB had a problem with Derek. Among other things, he was an outrageous serial plagiarist who made numerous fraudulent “contributions” to a local Patch. When caught red-handed, he defended his action to the hilt, which seems strange for an academic, but not for a knuckle-dragger. That cost him his gig at nearby Concordia—naturally, they’re a college and they frown on intellectual theft—and, ultimately, it cost him his Saddleback job, too.
     You'll also recall that ol' Derek also went out of his way to offend the Muslim community—he declared that he had named his dog “Mohammed”—and, as an adjunct prof, committed various sins of the “unprofessional” variety. Then there was the time he advocated allowing citizens to bring their guns to the park. Etc.
     None of this, of course, seems to matter to the gun-slingin' right-wing fools who elect him every four years. Check out his campaign website: Derek Reeve for City Council. (I looked, but I couldn't find his position on intellectual theft. I figure he's still Pro Plagzzh.)

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Well, it looks like your firecracker got killed by a 36 point margin.

Roy Bauer said...

Oh dear benighted 9:42: Wendy was characterized as an "absolute firecracker" by a prominent local pol. He was not referring to her chance of prevailing in the election; obviously, he was characterizing her energy and her capacity to play what was clearly a very poor hand (her district is heavily Republican) as well as can be hoped for and then some.
This is a college blog. In future, try not to be an idiot.

Anonymous said...

Roy: Are you saying that Greg Diamond is a prominent local politician?????? Just yes or no, please......

Roy Bauer said...

I meant to say that he is a prominent local observer of OC politics. Not a politician.

Anonymous said...

Gee, that really says a lot about Andy Warhall's so called originality...

Roy Bauer said...

It's Warhol. Not Warhall. And what on Earth are you trying to say?

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