Gentle reader, you’ll need to read this post all the way to the finish because there’s a surprise ending here.
With all the bluster on the Orange Joke and Fullerton Fringe sites about carpetbagging apparently being a political sin worse than say child abuse or murder, when it comes to AD-70 Candidate and current Irvine council member Steven Choi, there have been crickets about his carpetbagging.
We secured Choi’s new address via voter registration forms. He lives pretty close to Dan who drives by this neighborhood on his way to the Organic Produce stand on Bryan Avenue all the time. And while we find the notion of drive-bys of a candidate’s home residence distasteful, Dan was in the neighborhood last Friday morning. Choi’s old address, at 36 Grassland in Irvine’s new Woodbury development (a public record BTW) to see what he was giving up. Powder Blue and Red County blogger Allan Bartlett corrected us in 2008 when we asked how Choi could run for Assembly in AD-71 when he lived in AD-70, and Allan and Adam Probolsky both chimed in via comments that Choi lived in AD-71 in Woodbury. At the time, Choi launched a run for the seat in AD-71, only to realize he had no chance. After dropping out of that race, Choi launched a successful re-election bid for Irvine city council.
With State Rep. Chuck DeVore termed out, Choi would have to secure a residence in AD-70 in order to run.[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wY7d3mSqyK8&feature=player_embedded[/youtube]
As we rounded the corner of Choi’s “old” Woodbury address, there were two cars parked at the residence — a nice white Mercedes in the driveway and a blue Honda on the street. We took the following photos and have since confirmed that Choi does drive a white Mercedes. We’re in the process of confirming the plates.
We couldn’t help but notice the morning dew still glistened on the back window as we shot video, which means the car was likely there all night. That done, we fired up the NAV system to take us to Choi’s new AD-70 residence in Woodbridge. It’s an apartment complex. We walked on the sidewalk and took some photos. No one was home and from the items left on the front door, no one had been there for some time. We didn’t see any other “Yellow Pages” directories on anyone else’s front steps.
The windows were non-obstructed by the vertical blinds. Using the zoom of the camera, we could see a cheap card table and some inexpensive folding chairs from the sidewalk. There were washed dishes left on the counter to dry and a blue dish towel handing from the refrigerator door. Certainly signs that someone had been there recently, but no couch, no recliner, no TV set visible from our vantage point. The living room and kitchen were tiny compared with the expansive Woodbury estate. See these pictures for yourself.
What seems to be the case here is that Choi may have established a new residence in Woodbridge to run for office in AD-70, but it’s clear no one lives in this apartment (at least there’s no evidence of anyone sleeping here). The new apartment is a real step down from Woodbury and it needs furniture.
Since Choi filed an in-kind contribution from Art Pedroza and the OJ blog for a free ad, perhaps some readers with “gently used” furniture can donate these items for Choi’s new residence so the guy doesn’t have to sit at a card table on folding chairs using a cheap lamp for light.Â Some art for the walls might make the place more like a home.
So Orange Jokers and Fullerton Fringers, what’s the standard for carpetbagging? Is Tony Bushala going to write Tony Rack another letter calling for a criminal investigation of Dr.Choi? Will Art Pedroza make excuses that Choi lives a block away from the border between AD70 and AD71 (what if Choi lived a block away from the US border in Mexico? Would he be able to run for office in the US? Just asking when a border means something or when it doesn’t). Will Allan Bartlett come over here and pat us on the back for a job well done? Will Sean Mill check on Choi’s title to see if he still owns that big house in Woodbury? We’re going to say, no they won’t.
Lorri Galloway and Harry Sidhu both clearly live in the district. FFFF blogger Tony Bushala was met at the Sidhu resident by Harry’s wife at Harry’s new house in the Fourth District. Lorri hosts coffee meet-and-greets at her new Anaheim home. But Choi….it looks like his new address is just for show. A card table and folding chairs as the centerpiece of one’s new living room? No one is sleeping in this house (now tonight might be a different story).
Galloway and Sidhu already represent a significant segment of voters in the County’s Fourth District as members of the Anaheim City Council.Â Moving 4.5 miles in Choi’s case and 8 miles in Lorri’s case and more than 10 miles in Harry’s case really isn’t that big of a deal.Â Is it? Because if it is, where is the outrage form the Orange Joke blog and the Fullerton Fringe blog over Choi? Where is the “Steven Choi: Carpetbagger” signs for people to download?
Selective outrage just means you have inconsistent standards.
Thanks for staying with us this long readers. Here’s the payoff. So what if Steven Choi is a carpetbagger? He is running for an Assembly seat that represents a significant number of Irvine residents he already represents as a member of the Irvine city council. So. What. Indeed. We don’t have a problem with his carpetbagging. That’s for the voters to decide.