Â While the Irvine City Council is officially non-partisan, Council member Steven Choi has taken the extreme step of conservative partisanship to show up in the lobby of the Irvine Hilton wearing a banner on his back equating House Speaker Nancy Pelosi with Josef Stalin, complete with a Hammer and Sickle. Choi used his position as a city council member to gain access to the Hotel to effectively embarrass himself, the city council and those city residents attending the event.
Since Irvine’s progressive council majority took power in December 2000, Irvine has played host to a number of Republican leaders.Â The only time I can remember an elected official participating in a protest is when IUSD board memberSharon Wallin Â joined parents outside an Irvine hotel when Governor Scwartzenegger came for a visit, but Wallin was like any other parent protesting cuts in education.Â Â Progressive elected officials, if meeting a high level elected official of another party, usually leave partisanship behind and act with a certain level of dignity (does anyone remember the photo of Larry Agran shaking hands with President George W. Bush?) and demonostrate respect for the office at the very least.Â Choi did none of that and equated the third most powerful member of our government with a brutal dictator.
The expression goes, “If you don’t respect the person, respect the office.” Choi demonstrate no tact, no class, and no shame in walking around a hotel event he only gained access to due to his position on the City Council.Â The LiberalOC obtained the photos here which clearly show Choi wearing his city council members pin.Â
The Orange County Register photographer snapped a pic of Choi from behind, but failed to identify him as an Irvine City Council member.Â Â Here’s the Register’s photo, so you can match it up with ours:
Caption from the OC Register: “A protester wearing a satirical rendering of Nancy Pelosi as Joseph Stalin walks through the Hilton Irvine before House Speaker Nancy Pelosi delivers a keynote address to the Democratic Party of Orange County’s 15th Annual Harry Truman Awards ceremony Friday night.”
To portray Pelosi as Stalin, a mass murderer of millions during his reign of power, is nothing short of outrageous.Â Choi owes the Speaker an apology.Â He owes his fellow city council members an apology.Â He owes the residents of this city an apology for his embarassing antics.
Resign your position Dr. Choi; you are not fit to serve as an elected official in Irvine.Â Your offensive behavior is a black eye on Irvine’s place as a city of tolerance and influence.
I’d like to place on sign on Choi’s back.Â One that says “Kick me.Â Again.Â Harder.”
Â (credit photo to TheLiberalOC.com)
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