Too Much Time on His Hands

HT to Red County on this one. 

With those Trung Nguyen appeals winding down, the Voldemort of the OC Conservative Right Mike Schroeder has a new target; he’s suing Huntington Beach Mayor Debbie Cook, a Democratic challenger to Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, on the grounds that Cook used her title as “Mayor” in her Candidate ballot description. 

Schroeder (I refuse to call him “Darth Schroeder, OK Chris, because Vader ultimately found redemption) is using the argument that Cook was not directly elected Mayor by HB voters and should instead use Council Member, Huntington Beach.  Meanwhile, Neil Blais and Jeff Miller in the 71st Assembly race are both using the title, Mayor, in their ballot designations.  I wonder is Christina Shea is using “Former Mayor of Irvine” in her Ballot Designation.

So what does this say exactly?  They’re scared. 

more after the jump.

Debbie Cook is a credible candidate who will hold Dana accountable to his record.  You know, how Dana told a bunch of peace activists that he hopes their families are the ones killed in the next terrorist attack; the Dana who believes Dinosaur Flatulence is responsible for Global Warming, the Dana who called convicted and disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff a dear close friend. 

And with Debbie running on a platform of change with a competent record as an HB council member, and either Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton slotted to be the next occupant at 1600 Penn. Ave, Dana and Schroeder have to be worried about long coattails.

And before the right wingers here come over to tell me how full if it I am, please be prepared to answer one simple question.  If Dana is such a shoo-in, why bother to challenge Debbie’s ballot designation?

  20 comments for “Too Much Time on His Hands

  1. Joe Shaw
    March 18, 2008 at 3:58 pm

    If you want to support Debbie’s campaign, her ActBlue account now has a “She’s The Mayor” page. Give ’til it hurts. Give ’til it hurts Rohrabacher.

  2. RHackett
    March 18, 2008 at 4:11 pm

    Does this mean we can say that Mr. Schroeder believes in frivolous lawsuits?
    Something we are told is the anathema of the conservative mindset.

  3. March 18, 2008 at 4:22 pm

    It’s only frivolous if it benefits the wrong people.

  4. R. Scott Moxley
    March 18, 2008 at 4:31 pm

    Dan: As the person who gave Schroeder his nickname five years ago, I want you know that it’s simply Vader. This has just the right connotation of evil without ties to redemption (cinematic or otherwise) which, in this case, we know is impossible.

  5. Dan Chmielewski
    March 18, 2008 at 4:36 pm

    So if Schroeder is Vader, does that make Dana Jabba the Hut?

  6. March 18, 2008 at 4:48 pm

    The frivilous lawsuit has become Schroeder’s weapon of choice. He tries to bleed his opponents to death so that they won’t have the money necessary to wage a campaign against his minions.

    As a resident of Taliban Dana’s district I am so delighted that we finally have a candidate that has a legitimate shot at taking Dana out.

  7. R. Scott Moxley
    March 18, 2008 at 5:43 pm

    Depending on what he’s drinking, Dana transforms into either the Cowardly Lion or Dorothy. (I’ve heard it all depends on what role Scott Baugh plays…) I know. I know. It’s painful to contemplate.

  8. Flowerszzz
    March 18, 2008 at 7:45 pm

    Sorry guys but he is right on this:

    to use the ballot designation Mayor she must be directly voted as Mayor by the people…see page 40 of the candidates hand book:

  9. Dan Chmielewski
    March 18, 2008 at 7:52 pm

    What difference does it really make? She IS the Mayor. And if she can’t, how can Miller and Blais?

  10. March 18, 2008 at 7:53 pm

    So, Flowerzz, will all of the Republican Mayors give up their ballot designation as a result?

  11. Flowerszzz
    March 18, 2008 at 8:25 pm

    If they are not elected by the people and someone challenges their ballot designations – I spose they would.. I am not the ballot designation Nazi….just givin the facts. 🙂

  12. Dan Chmielewski
    March 18, 2008 at 8:37 pm

    According to the RSM/Corona websites, both Blais and Miller were not elected mayor by the voters. Debbie should sue both of them; or the DPOC should.

  13. March 18, 2008 at 8:56 pm

    Moxley, in regard to your “transformation” comment I have just one thing to say: mot juste.

  14. RHackett
    March 18, 2008 at 9:01 pm

    According to the RSM/Corona websites, both Blais and Miller were not elected mayor by the voters. Debbie should sue both of them; or the DPOC should.

    Wishful thinking. I doubt DPOC is willing to do anything like that. They should, but I doubt they will.

  15. March 18, 2008 at 10:36 pm

    Any voter has standing to sue on this issue.

  16. Steven Greenhut
    March 19, 2008 at 8:28 pm

    What you all forget is that Schroeder almost certainly loves being viewed as the Dark Lord, which plays on the sense that he is the county’s behind-the-scenes power broker. Remember that some members of the GOP consider him the “poison” in the party, if I remember the Red County article by Mark Bucher correctly. Schroeder also seems to be on a losing streak, given his role with Mike Carona and Trung Nguyen. It’s pretty funny when he accuses Debbie of being a “scofflaw” for calling herself the mayor when she is in fact the mayor, whereas Mike Carona most certainly is no scofflaw!

  17. RHackett
    March 19, 2008 at 8:46 pm


    Since you probably missed it on another thread I’ll ask here.

    When can we expect you to go after government enforced monopolies like
    cable TV and utility companies with the same zeal you pursue government

  18. Steven Greenhut
    March 19, 2008 at 8:59 pm

    Which government agency do you work for? Just curious. I have written about government-enforced monopolies and have strongly criticized SCE, but it’s unlikely I will go after them with the SAME ZEAL given that they are such an eensy, teensy problem compared to the massive problem of government. I’ll forward you the article I wrote where I referred to SCE as Shades of the Communist Era (you can email me personally and I’ll send you the link) and another edit I wrote dealing with mismanagement at the utility. But compare, say, the pension situation at utilities with the problem caused by government pensions and you’ll see what I’m talking about. Such utilities are inefficient, but they are not causing widespread economic problems, as are excessively large governments and elected officials who give government union workers everything they want. Check out Jack Dean’s for lots of data and examples. You might want to check out the situation in Vallejo, which is going bankrupt as 80 percent of its budget goes to police and fire. I suppose nothing will satisfy you — but that’s the long and the short of it.

  19. RHackett
    March 19, 2008 at 9:13 pm


    You can post the link here.

    I don’t work for a government agency.

    The difference between you and I is that I believe there is a legitimate purpose for government. You do not. While one can argue that benefits
    are causing fiscal difficulties for local government I also believe the time
    will come when the limitations will cause a moment of truth such as is
    happening in Vallejo. Clearly the city officials who approved such generous
    benefits share some of the blame for that city’s difficulties.

    I don’t live in a parallel universe where the “free” market will solve all the
    world’s ills. When our nation embraced unbridled capitalism it was a nightmare
    for all but the very few.

    I know you believe the “free” market would have solved issues like child labor, and abhorent working conditions, I do not.

    The Constitution we live under as Americans is designed to protect the less
    fortunate, the “free” market ideal you want to embrace isn’t so generous.

  20. Steven Greenhut
    March 20, 2008 at 11:48 am

    Actually, I argue that there is a legitimate role for government, but that government has grown huge and well beyond the roles identified by the founding fathers. For instance, I believe in national defense, but not in invading countries that have never threatened us. And so on.

    Here is a quote from the July 2006 column I mentioned regarding SCE: “Although an investor-owned utility, Southern California Edison is a regulated monopoly, and as such functions largely as would any government agency. SCE’s recorded message assured me that the agency was working hard to fix the problem, even though there were no workers on my street dealing with the disabled transformer.

    “I figured that SCE really stands for Shades of the Communist Era. As if we lived in the old Soviet Eastern Bloc, my neighbors and I adopted a fatalistic approach, figuring the gods of the electricity bureaucracy would get to our houses when they got to them. In the world of government and government-enforced monopolies, there’s no sense fighting the bureaucracy. We enjoyed a neighbor’s swimming pool and made the best of it for nearly two days.”

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