Friends have criticized me in the past for my daily subscription to the Orange County Register. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Why do you read that faux-libertarian, right-wing propaganda paper?Ã¢â‚¬Â my amigo with a penchant for dramatics asked once.
And the truth is that there is no better place in Orange County to read local, daily, political stories.
ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s why IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve been disappointed with Orange County Register Columnist Martin WisckolÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s sensationalist take on the Ã¢â‚¬Å“timing issueÃ¢â‚¬Â between SD1 Candidate Tom UmbergÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s filing of his candidate statement and the O.C. Deputy SheriffÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Association Endorsement release.
This non-story has received two posts on the WisckolÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s OC Register blog and then it was in todayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Orange County Register as well. HereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the gist of the story, in WisckolÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s words, from the Total Buzz Blog:
Supervisorial candidate Tom Umberg filed his candidate’s statement on Dec. 26, the last day to do so. Included is this line: “He has the support of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs…”
Two days later, the deputy sheriff’s union issued a press release saying that they’d interviewed nine of the 10 candidates on Dec. 27 and decided to endorse Umberg.
I’m looking forward to the explanation of how Umberg knew he had the endorsement before the deputies even interviewed the candidates.
And in todayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s paper Wisckol implies that the O.C. Deputy SheriffÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Association was wasting the other candidatesÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ time by interviewing them. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Were the interviews a charade?Ã¢â‚¬Â
According to Wisckol, 1+1=3. Just because Umberg claims Ã¢â‚¬Å“supportÃ¢â‚¬Â on December 26, that means he was aware of Ã¢â‚¬Å“official endorsementÃ¢â‚¬Â on December 27. Wisckol even overdramatically headlines one of his stories Ã¢â‚¬Å“Tom UmbergÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Crystal Ball.Ã¢â‚¬Â
I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t like the Ã¢â‚¬Å“IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m looking forward to the explanationÃ¢â‚¬Â¦Ã¢â‚¬Â and the Ã¢â‚¬Å“some have wondered if it wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t set up beforeÃ¢â‚¬Â¦Ã¢â‚¬Â nonsense. Wiskcol has known UmbergÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s response since January 4:
“In the past, I’ve had the support of the Orange County Deputy Sheriff’s Association (the deputies’ union), but I wasn’t referring to the union (in the candidate’s statement). I have the support of many deputies and I could easily round up 50 who would sign endorsement cards.”
–From an interview with Wiskcol
Semantics? Sure. But WisckolÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s exaggerated conclusion to these words is equally unfair.[Total Buzz Blog @ The OC Register] [WisckolÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s column in todayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Register]