H/T to OC Blog for this! The campaign to recall Dana Point Mayor Diane Harkey now have a web site up and running. They have up the Fair Political Practices Commission ruling that urged Harkey to abstain from voting on a proposed shopping center that her family had a stake in, a ruling that Diane Harkey IGNORED as she voted on the project anyways. They have more evidence detailing Harkey’s Pay-to-Play style of politicking in Dana Point. And of course, they have the now infamous video of Harkey storming out of a council meeting, mouthing obscenities at the audience as she made her rather ungraceful exit.
So what does this mean? Well, there’s still much to be done if the “Recall Diane Harkey” campaign truly intends to recall the Dana Point Mayor. But at the very least, this is growing some attractive low-hanging fruit that potential opponents can use against Harkey as she’s running for Assembly in the 73rd District.
Last year, Diane Harkey seemed to emerge out of nowhere to challenge then-Assembly Member Tom Harman for the 35th State Senate seat that was vacated when John Campbell was elected to Congress. Harman seemed to be the favorite, as he was well-known in many areas of the district. But suddenly the OC GOP machine sought to deny “liberal” Tom Harman of his SD 35 seat, and in this process Diane Harkey came within a few hundred votes of becoming a State Senator. And out of nowhere, Diane Harkey became a superstar.
But now, Diane Harkey’s star may be falling. It seems like her superstar status may leave her as quickly as it came to her if this recall campaign gets off the ground. So much for an “easy victory” in AD 73.
So who will now challenge Diane Harkey, in her State Assembly race and in this recall effort, and become the new “rising star” for Republicans in South County?