Marty Wiskol has a pretty good post in the OC Register’s Total Buzz with more detail and a greater explanation of the story behind the story. Jubal/Matt Cunningham has a post about it on OC Blog, but it omits this paragraph from Marty (and you do have to go hunting for it even on the Register’s site.)
I think this was simply one of Chairman Scott Baugh’s efforts at innovation that went a little haywire. He’s trying to turn the party from a relatively small group of GOP devotees into a larger group of dedicated, active loyalists. On one hand, he launched the Local Elected Officials Association in an effort to bring more city council and school board members into the fold. On the other hand, he launched a local endorsement process to let officials know the party was behind them. However, it came out looking like those two hands are holding each other. Then you have a couple other controversial endorsements — or non-endorsements — which doesn’t help. And we haven’t even gotten to the business of possible endorsements for the Capistrano Unified School District, which will be on tonight’s agenda before the GOP’s endorsement committee.
— Martin Wisckol
The problem here is percepton is often reality and regardless of the facts in the case, it still looks like endorsements are for sale. And that Matt, is the jist of it.
Baugh’s charge that the LA Times “lied” in reporting the story is just inaccurate and the Right wing noise machine took their appeal to their buddies at the Register to clarify. Marty did a good job reporting this story, but you really had to strain to hear the other shoe drop.
Since this second paragraph in the Buzz requires some click through, I thought it was worthwhile for you to see it.