OC GOP seeks candidate “purity” test for endorsement

I’m wiped from two straight days at ComicCon in San Diego but opened my Facebook page and found this ditty from our friend Allan Bartlett.

It’s the questionnaire for the OC GOP for Republican candidates for office and even for endorsement in non-partisan races.  And the issue of carpetbagging makes the grade.  Seems our county Republicans are continuing their move to the far right.

I’ll be interested to see how many candidates complete these questionnaires and whether or not the OC GOP makes these documents public.  Always nice to se the OC GOP place party politics ahead of actual governance and priorities voters care about.  Guns, gays, and illegal immigration issues still rank prominently with the OC GOP.

Here’s the questionnaire:

For any Republican seeking the OC GOP’s endorsement this fall for “non partisan” offices, candidates must answer these questions and take the no union contributions and taxpayer protection pledge. Here are the questions….

In order to be considered for an endorsement, candidates must sign the “Union-Free” pledge:
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Name: ______________________ Office you are seeking: _____________________
Are you a registered Republican? _____ Yes _____ No
If so, for how long? _____________
Do you currently live in the jurisdiction in which you are running? ___ Yes ___ No.
If so, how long have you been registered to vote in this jurisdiction? ________

Some of the questions below are open ended, and are intended to allow you to tell us your
positions on the issues. Your answers need not be exhaustive, nor are you expected to be an
expert on each issue. Our interest is in learning your views on these issues. Please attach
additional pages for your answers if needed.
1. Please list your involvement with the Orange County Republican Party and/or any other
Republican Organization(s).
2. Do you support the State Party Platform in its entirety? _____Yes ____No
If not, please state any areas of disagreement that you have with the California Republican
Party Platform.
3. Please list any financial contributions and/or endorsements you have given to Democrats in
the past 10 years.
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4. Please state your position on what key reforms, if any, you would support to our education
5. Please state your position on what key reforms, if any, you would support to California’s
eminent domain and redevelopment laws.
6. Do you support repeal of the national health care plan (“Obamacare”)? ____Yes ____No

7. Do you believe in the Separation of Powers (10thAmendment)?
Yes ____ No ____

8. How does or would this principle (Separation of Powers) affect the manner in which you
would govern / make decisions in your elected position?

I, ________________________, pledge to the taxpayers of My District of the
State of California and all the people of this state that I will oppose
and vote against any and all efforts to increase taxes including any
taxes that are labeled “fees.”

Will you support efforts to end federal and state over regulation of water distribution
in California? ______ Yes _____ No
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Do you support the “Three Strikes and You’re Out” law? ____ Yes ____ No

12. Do you support the repeal of Judicially Mandated prisoner early release programs and
massive spending on prison health care? _____ Yes _____ No

13. Do you support the death penalty? _____ Yes _____ No

14. Do you support suspending the regulatory requirements of AB32 due to California’s
current recession? ____ Yes ____ No

15. Do you support “right to work” laws? _____ Yes _____ No

16. Do you support the right of parents to place their children in private school, charter
school or home schooling situations? ____ Yes ____ No

17. Do you support changing the law in the State of California so that teachers will be
graded, promoted and given raises and tenure on the basis of qualifications and
achievement rather than time in service (seniority)? _____ Yes ____ No

18. Do you support removing safe-drilling restrictions from California’s coast and within
its borders? _____ Yes _____ No

19. Do you support same sex marriage? ____ Yes ____ No

20. Should schools teach their students that homosexuality is an “alternative” or “normal”
lifestyle? ____ Yes ____ No

21. Do you support health insurance pools, health savings accounts and freedom of
insurance carriers to compete across state lines? ____ Yes ____ No

22. Should California give free education (or in-state tuition rates) at the secondary level
(college or higher) to illegal aliens? ____ Yes ____ No

23. Should cities and other governmental entities be required to check the immigration status
of those arrested for crimes and turned over to I.C.E. after they serve their sentence?
_____ Yes ____ No

24. Should public entities, such as a city, county, state or the federal government, take private
property from an individual or business for any purpose other than true public use such
as to build a roadway, a government building or a military installation? ___ Yes ___ No

25. Do you support legislation to make California a “shall issue” state regarding the
issuance of a “Carry Concealed Weapon” permit? ____ Yes ____ No
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26. Should the pro-life plank of the California Republican Party be removed? ____ Yes
____ No

27. Do you support laws that restrict abortion for minors such as parental notification of
abortion for a minor? ____ Yes ___ No

28. Do you support taxpayer funding of abortion? ____ Yes ____ No

29. Do you support keeping the two-thirds super majority for the CA state legislature to pass
any new taxes / budget? ___ Yes ____ No

30. Do you support a constitutional amendment prohibiting the state government from
taking funds from other pubic entities (such as cities, counties, school districts, etc.) to
balance its own budget? ___ Yes ___ No

31. Do you favor or oppose changing defined benefit plans to defined contribution plans for
public employee retirement benefits? _____ Favor ____ Oppose
Dated: ___________, 2010
Candidate’s signature required

  13 comments for “OC GOP seeks candidate “purity” test for endorsement

  1. July 24, 2010 at 10:23 am

    Thank you, it’s a highly informative article. The Democratic Party also needs a candidate questionnaire. The more details the better, especially questions of the type: “What reforms would you support, if any, to improve ______”?

    For example visit http://www.politics1.com (the web site has links to all Congressional candidates) then compare the “Economy” issue on Beth Krom’s and Bill Hedrick’s web sites.

    Bill Hedrick is moving towards LaRouche.
    (1) “Real reform of the Banking/credit system” (From LaRouche: The Dodd-Frank Act was not real reform)
    (2) “Reintroduce firewalls between securities, insurance and lending institutions” (That’s Glass-Steagall – That’s LaRouche)

    Help Bill Hedrick:
    Bill fell into 2nd place on some sort of “Grassroots Candidate” poll. If he receives the most votes , he wins $25,000.

    • dan agarzien
      July 25, 2010 at 2:06 am

      you couldn’t sound more stupid. A beetle has legs. So does a cat. That doesn’t make them the same thing.

  2. Ltpar
    July 24, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    Dan, can’t agree with your comments on the questionnaire by Allan Bartlett to Republican Candidates. Although a bit lengthy for my taste, most questions are valid and really have noting to do with “purity,” but rather defining the beliefs of a candidate. There are far too many “RINO’s” cruising the ballots, even in Irvine, trying to fool voters into believing they are true conservatives, when they are not. Now I recognize you Irvine Democrats don’t have that problem. Larry Agran hand picks his slate, speaks for them and pulls their strings to get them to dance in step while singing three part harmony. What an act?

    I did however, have to chuckle at a few of the questions. The one I found most amusing was about involvement with the Orange County Republican Party. Can’t say that I haven’t tried to be involved with those jokers in the past. As a conservative candidate in 2008, running on a solid Republican slate (Shea & Choi)against a big spending Democrat slate (Agran & Krom & Kang), we received no, nada, zip, zero, support from the Republican Party. The problem wasn’t our values, belief in smaller government or fiscal prudence, it was that our blood apparently wasn’t blue enough for the Republican Overlords and we didn’t drink with the right people. What a joke the power brokers (in their own mind)at the Republican Party have become. Sour grapes, absolutely. What needs to happen in Orange County is for the grounded people on the Republican Central Committee and there are some there, to do house cleaning at the top and bring in new people.

    I do have a question for Alan on #30 on the list. Would this question apply to diverting municipal government General Funds to purposes it was not legally intended for. How about a candidate for Irvine City Council who supports giving General Fund or Reserve Revenues to the local School District, while running a 14 million dollar deficit budget? We have come to expect such actions from big spending Democrats, who want to buy votes by being everything to everyone, but not from Republicans? Isn’t such an action in direct conflict with the principles of smaller government, reduced spending and better management of scarce resources? My answer is “Yes” it is and it should not be done. I did not support it as a candidate in 2008, and do not support it now. No, Dan that position did not cost me the election? It was the money, pure and simple. He who has the gold rules, and Larry Agran clearly had and continues to have a corner on that market. What I do support is, for the School District to get their act together, put a “Parcel Tax” on the ballot and let the voters decide if they want to pay for the high quality schools we enjoy in Irvine. While generally being opposed to higher taxes, in this case, it would be money sell spent. This folks is the way government is supposed to function.

    There are those who want to defeat the “devil” so badly that they are willing to lower the “bar” a few notches to compete. I am not one of them. But then, that’s just my opinion, and we all have one, don’t we?

    • Dan Chmielewski
      July 26, 2010 at 8:28 am

      “Larry Agran hand picks his slate, speaks for them and pulls their strings to get them to dance in step while singing three part harmony”

      Pat – I have to hand it to you; tell telling yourself a lie often enough so you believe it’s true. I have to believe I have more conversations with these people than you do and what you keep stating is utter BS. When the Republicans dominated the council seats in the late 1990s, they may have voted alike but had strong individual personalities. To suggest one Republican was pulling every other council member’s strong would also be BS.

      Fact is Pat, you hate the idea that Irvine is being run by Progressives and that they have done a much better job of running the city than you’d care to admit.

      If you want to whine about the slate mailers and IEs that support these candidates, allow me to whine about the money poured into Irvine elections by the Lincoln Club and New Majority.

      As for the survey, I’d like to know which the answers the candidates give in regard to gay marriage (clearly an equal rights issue) and how they answer the question: “Should schools teach their students that homosexuality is an “alternative” or “normal” lifestyle.” The question itself shows bigotry is still a key platform foir your party.

      • Ltpar
        July 29, 2010 at 2:54 pm

        Dan, clearly there has never been a Republican Political Machine in the history of Irvine anywhere close to resembling that of the current Agranista’s. Some Republicans who served locally were good and some were not so good.

        The same applies to Larry Agran. In his earlier years, he marched to the beat of a different drummer, but did a lot of good things for Irvine. He was a different man and I can say that because I knew him fairly well. As Larry continued his political life, he became wise to the ways of manipulative politics. He built his power base, began to attack and decimate political opponents and learned how to legally launder the big campaign contributions squeezed from developers and others wanting to do business in Irvine and the Great Park. The end result is what we have today in Irvine. Voters have been completely fooled, people who should be investigating the improper actions either are asleep at the wheel, or feeding at the trough themselves.

        This Dan, is what I hate because in my book of life, no man is above the law. Let’s not kid ourselves, you call them Progressives and I call them corrupt Liberals. As I have said before, “He who has the gold rules, and right now the Agranistas have a corner on the market.”

  3. Allan Bartlett
    July 24, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    This is a simple issue of vetting our own candidates, not a purity test. A candidate should answer honestly what his policy position will be for these important questions.

    Lt Pat,

    I don’t believe in taking money from the general fund and diverting it to the schools. That is only one question out of many other important ones.

    • Ltpar
      July 25, 2010 at 11:44 am

      Allan, you got my vote for City Council or Mayor.

    • Dan Chmielewski
      July 26, 2010 at 8:30 am

      “Should schools teach their students that homosexuality is an “alternative” or “normal” lifestyle.”

      Pathethic, bigoted question Allan.

      • Allan Bartlett
        July 26, 2010 at 1:16 pm

        First off, I didn’t come up with the list of questions. Second, I don’t want schools teaching anything about homosexuality. It’s the parents job to raise their kids, not the school.

        • Dan Chmielewski
          July 26, 2010 at 1:28 pm

          Allan —
          I don’t like labeling my friends this way, but my family is friends with a family consisting of two daughters being raised by a same sex couple; the youngest (10 or 11) was being teased in school and told her family situation was “disgusting” to the point the girl became very upset.

          Yes, schools need to begin a dialogue on topics like tolerance and blended families and what matters most in a family is love and mutual respect. When you become a dad, I certainly hoe you wouldn’t want someone to discriminate against your kid for any reason.

          And teaching tolerance is not raising a child; it is expanding the mind of the child to recognize there’s more than one definition of normal.

  4. July 24, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    Did Bill Hedrick (44-C.D.) flunk the Democratic Party “Purity” test?

    Today at 10:23 AM he was in 2nd place in the DFA Grassroots All Star contest, now he’s in 4th.

    Mac D’Alessandro (MA-09) is now in 1st; he’s running against a Democrat incumbent, Stephen Lynch in a Primary Race. http://www.politics1.com

    Please read my comment above, (the 1st one).

  5. July 25, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    Whoever composedconjured up this questionnaire is a freakin’ genius. To illustrate: “7. Do you believe in the Separation of Powers (10thAmendment)?”

    Separation of Powers, a term not typically capitalized, has absolutely nothing to do with the 10th Amendment. The 10th Amendment is about enumerated rights, powers and obligations of the federal government versus those of the various states. It’s commonly referred to as states’ rights.

    Separation of powers is all and only about our tripartite system of government wherein the legislative, executive and judicial functions (powers) are vested in separate and equal branches of government. Those three branches are each limited by not only the 10th Amendment but all the other ones and by the US Constitution itself.

    Don’t take my word for it. Do a Google search on the following, “define separation of powers.” Then do another one, “define states rights.”

    This kind of confusion would be avoided by attending a junior high school civics class. Do they teach those anymore? Regardless, a mistake as basic as this suggests that those who made up this questionnaire are ill-equipped to run any government at any level or to evaluate someone who is capable. How embarrassing! And sad.

  6. Daniel
    July 25, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    A republican with less money and flexibility is a good republican. Who wouldn’t want to vote for person who is on record against safe-drilling restrictions? Bravi! OCGOP

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