While watching the returns for the Republican primary in the AD-70 race, it should be obvious that the biggest winner of the primary election for this seat last night was Melissa Fox.Â She came in with more than 10,600 votes surpassing even Republican primary winner Don Wagner by a few hundred votes.Â We’re hoping Wagner shows the willingness to debate Fox for this seat and often.Â
With all due respect to Michael Glover, the reason he didn’t garner much support from party loyalists this time around is his continued lingering reporting issues from prior elections and fines that surpass his fundraising from those efforts.Â But now is the time for our party and DTS voters to place someone in this seat who will actually do something other than vote party-line no.Â Someone who will fight for fair funding of our underfunded school districts in Orange County.Â And someone driven by common sense, not political ideology.Â And that’s Melissa Fox.
While we certainly don’t agree with Don Wagner’s political positions and philosophy, this blog extended our sympathies to his family for the loss of his son.Â Like Beth Krom, we believe Mr. Wagner will run a spirited campaign for the assembly seat in his son’s memory as Ms. Krom continues to run for Congress.Â But while we wish Mr. Wagner well, we don’t wish him luck.Â Electing a Chuck DeVore clone to this seat will be disasterous for the school children of this district.Â So we look forward to the coming election and putting someone in the seat who will actually represent the majority viewpoint of the people of Central Orange County.
Two big losers in AD-70; Stephen Choi and Jerry Amante.Â For Choi, he’s effectively a lame duck city council member who will be termed out in 2012 with his only prayer of a new office is a run for mayor or back to the IUSD school board.Â I’m not sure how welcomed Choi is in Irvine political circles anymore.Â While researching Amante’s donor list (and I’ll get to that in a second), I noticed a number of significant Republicans from Irvine giving money to support Amante’s race for assembly.Â So the notion promoted by pro-Choi bloggers that voters like the job Choi does in Irvine and wanted to keep him here has little foundation in truth or proof.
But let’s look at the bright side shall we?Â The Choi’s no longer have to sit on those uncomfortable folding chairs in that cramped Woodbridge apartment.Â Perhaps Art Pedroza can get a good rate to sub-lease the apartment and send his kids to clearly superior schools in Irvine after his house is foreclosed on.Â But Choi will probably want a tenant with a track record of payingÂ his bills, so maybe not. And with so little furniture to move, the Choi’s can probably do it all in a U-Haul.Â What damaged Choi was his use of Art Pedroza to attack Jerry Amante.Â Amante quickly wrapped Choi in the shady character blanket that is Art Pedroza and Choi, rather than acknowledge a major political gaffe, returned fire.Â This made Wagner the clear winner by staying out of the mudslinging altogether.
Now there are still a number of uncounted ballots, and Wagner’s nearly 900 vote advantage could disappear as fast as a Newport Beach sandcastle at high tide, but if Choi somehow manages to eck out a victory here, he will be forever linked to Pedroza. And easier pickings for Melissa Fox.
And while we’re on the subject of losers from last night’s election results, those candidates who most incurred the favor of the Pedrozabots – Hugh Nguyen, Steven Choi, and Michael Glover – all had their asses handed to them.Â Those who incurred their wrath: Melissa Fox, Don Wagner, and Tom Daly — all won (Pedroza’s explanation that Daly’s purchase of space on a Republican slate mailer was the clincher is laughable).Â Even Danny Tarkanian got his head handed to him in Nevada.Â Shawn Nelson’s victory, if attributed to any blog, is more attuned to the Register’s Orange Punch and Flash Report than the Fullerton’s Lowest Common Donominator blog or the Orange Joke.Â Nelson’s GOP resources can claim more credit for the Nelson win than any blog can.
A conversation with one candidate prior to primary night was revealing: “The only thing worse than getting slammed by the Orange Juice and Art Pedroza is being praised by the Orange Juice and Art Pedroza.”Â
Art is bold in declaring which candidate’s political careers are done. But it’s clear, thatÂ with his blog’s track record over the years that it’s Art’s sphere of political influence has had it’s 15 minutes and is done.Â Since this is Art’s last election under the voting registration forms at his current address, let’s hope his new address is still somewhere in Santa Ana for the November elections.