The rough cut website for the new Irvine Republican Council has debuted amid some HTML snafus and typos (believe me, I am the last person to be critical of a typo). Here is the site.
If you click on the membership form, its clearly a shakedown, er, call for soft money political contributions — the same kind the Republicans have always derided the Agran camp on. My favorite line in the membership application: you agree to abide by the bylaws of this organization and all amendments added to them (even if you don’t know what they are or will be) and your membership must be reviewed and approved by an executive committee. If you’re a student, it will cost you $10 a year or $25 for family memberships. $100 will buy you founding member status and there’s a place for non-residents of Irvine to join (you mean like folks from Westminster?).
Hate to play Secret Squirrel here, but what are the bylaws? They aren’t posted. Who is on the executive committee? They aren’t listed. Sounds like a Jubal Cabal to me.
And I wonder if Christina Shea will join this group or accept contributions from it. Ms. Shea voted no on a recently Irvine City Council program to do non-partisan outreach to get Irvine voters registered and to the polls citing “oversight” issues.
And I have to wonder if this soft money won’t somehow violate those tough new ethics standards passed by the Irvine City Council earlier this year; You know, the ones called for by the Irvine First Team in 2004 (and candidate Stephen Choi who later voted against the ethics ordinance..careful what you campaign for Dr. Choi as you just might get it).
The goals of this organization are standard Republican issues: lower taxes (but massive deficit spending), smaller government (not the case with the Bush administration) and less government instrusion in your business or personal life (unless you’re gay and want to marry), yada, yada, yada.