In reviewing the Orange County Register’s opinion pages on Sunday IÃ‚Â came across Supervisor Janet Nguyen’s rebuttal to Steven Greenhut’s criticisms of her and Supervisor Bates’ votesÃ‚Â for Sandra Hutchens as Orange County’s Sheriff. Glad to see they gave some ink to the rationale for the majority view of the Board. This would of course be in addition to Frank Mickadeit’s cigar-smoking, GOP-insider, society column.
I found the Supervisor made a compelling argument for the selection of Sandra Hutchens. She also did a good job calling out Greenhut’s objections to Hutchens’ selection as being more driven by his own sexism than policy.
Labeling Chairman John Moorlach’s reasons in voting for Hutchens as “bland rationale,” Greenhut conveniently skirted the entire issue of qualifications. But Chairman Moorlach is at least given the privilege of having his decision interpreted as being taken for policy reasons. Supervisor Bates and I, being women, are allowed no policy rationales and, instead, are accused of behaving like raving feminists. To refer to Hutchens’ appointment as a “Sister Act” is to imply that qualifications do not matter and that Supervisor Bates and I will vote for anyone just because she is a woman.
Ouch!Ã‚Â Anyway, another point that Nguyen made that I found particularly interesting was; “While with the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, then-Chief Hutchens addressed deputy corruption in the Narcotics Division.” Now that is a point that I had not seen anyone write about.
Here is the link to the entire rebuttal from Supervisor Nguyen.