The characterization of Tom Umberg being Ã¢â‚¬Å“dishonest with the voters about his military service is false.Ã¢â‚¬ÂÃ‚Â These allegations were spun up by political consultants with one objective in mind, discrediting Tom Umberg.Ã‚Â It appears that they were successful in convincing you, but that does not make them true.Ã‚Â In particular there are two allegations on this issue that have been distorted, for the most part quite effectively distorted, to suit their purpose.The first allegation was that during the first Gulf War, Tom Umberg sent a letter to voters claiming to be in Iraq, while he was stationed on active duty in California.Ã‚Â The message Tom sent was clearly identified as being sent from a military base in California, and never stated that Tom was in Iraq.Ã‚Â That fact has been excluded by those who are using that mailing to attack Tom.Ã‚Â The message said he was on active military duty because of the Gulf War and that he was writing it while in the desert.Ã‚Â Both statements were true.
The second allegation was that Tom Umberg claimed in a mailing that he was on active duty serving in Guantanamo in 2004 because of the second Iraq war.Ã‚Â TomÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s active duty assignment was the prosecution of detainees.Ã‚Â He worked in Cuba, and Washington, D.C. and because he was on active duty was unable to campaign in person for the State Assembly.
On the issue of marital infidelity, Tom has apologized to his wife and family for the pain caused by his indiscretion.Ã‚Â TomÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s wife Robin has forgiven him for those indiscretions, and the matter is a non-issue.
The matter of residency has been floated in three elections now and I do agree that for some voters it may be an issue.Ã‚Â Tom Umberg maintains a home in Villa Park, and a home in Santa Ana.Ã‚Â Tom Umberg is registered to vote at his home in Santa Ana. This issue has been brought up before and did not resonate with voters then and will not now.
What matters here is whether or not Tom Umberg can represent the needs and will of the residents of the first district.Ã‚Â Tom Umberg has proven that he can.Ã‚Â Tom Umberg has an extensive history effectively representing the people of central OC.Ã‚Â Tom Umberg has proven that he has the moral courage and integrity to stand up for the rights of all people in the first district.Ã‚Â Tom Umberg stands with consistent and unwavering resolve in support the working men and women. Tom Umberg will fight to maintain the important services offered in this county, while ensuring that we keep our county on a sound financial footing.
Finally, Mike Lawson is right, the term Ã¢â‚¬Å“Victory at Any CostÃ¢â‚¬Â is appropriate to this race.
It is appropriate because there are two members the Board of Supervisors who have only one mission.Ã‚Â That mission is the destruction of important and vital services offered to the public through the elimination of the qualified and talented workforce of current public employees, and contracting those services remaining to their friends who will rip off the taxpayers for a profit.Ã‚Â These guys are hoping to do the same thing the Bush administration did in Iraq.Ã‚Â The result, if they get their way, will be that needed services wonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t be delivered, and the OC taxpayers will be left holding the bill.
The main issue in this election is who can win.Ã‚Â I believe that all of the Democrats in this contest can effectively represent the needs of the working men and women in this county, and would preserve the institutional knowledge facilitated by a county workforce that is provided with fair pay and benefits.Ã‚Â In this race, Because of his history of effectively representing central OC, his name ID in the district, and his core base of support (greater than that of any of the Democratic candidates), Tom Umberg is the best chance we have of keeping a rational voice on the Board of Supervisors.
The Republicans supported Daucher against Correa in the 34th because they saw her as their best chance to win.Ã‚Â I have no problem supporting Tom Umberg for the same reasons.