While it’s neat to sneak a peak at the OC GOP Candidate Endorsement Questionnaire, it’s rather absurd to refer to it as, or to consider it to be a “purity test.” A purity test requires candidates to meet a certain amount of policy positions in order to be considered for a party endorsement. The RNC overwhelmingly rejected instituting a purity test at their last convention, which you can read about here. Â I highly recommend Dan and Scott Moxley from OC Weekly check it out, as they seem confused over what a purity test consists of.
The OC Democratic Party also has an endorsement questionnaire (they’ve had one for years).Â It’s used by our county party’s endorsement committee to make endorsement recommendations for the central committee to vote on as a whole. Most of the time, the candidates who got the nod from the endorsement committee go on clinch the endorsement. This is also, by no means, a “purity test.” It’s just your standard Political Org/PAC questionnaire.
What ranks high on the OC Democratic Party Questionnaire you might ask? Well check out snippets from their and other questionnaires below.
Checkout this HATE FILLED endorsement Questionnaire from OC’s “Pro-Family” Council. They use the results from their questionnaire to send out a slate that goes out to high-pro registered haters.
This is another lovely endorsement Questionnaire from OC’s Right. They call themselves OC Christian Coalition but their interests seem to go off on a non-Jesus related tangent.
Eminent domain, Privatization, services to undocumented immigrants… I don’t think the Bible covers any of those. However, in regards to the state-funded services inquiry on their questionnaire, does that mean they don’t want police and fire services to respond to the calls made by illegal immigrants? What about child protective services? Truly contemptible!
Like I mentioned before, quite a bit of active political groups in Orange County have these. Everyone from ECCO (arguably OC’s biggest Gay special interest group), the League of Conservation Voters, the OC Sierra Club, the OC BizPAC, even Realtors and Car Dealership consortiums put these out. How much they vary in their questioning from their groups core interest fluctuates group to group, but, objectively speaking of course, righty groups tend to stray farther away than lefty groups do.
The “funny” thing is that these purity tests endorsement questionnaires are really an exercise in futility for candidates. These endorsements are almost always secured in backroom deals. If you don’t have an “in” in the group, you’re wasting your time, and you might even be damaging yourself in the future by giving them ammo.
So those are endorsement questionnaires. They are typically in a question and answer format, and are reviewed by their respective committees. A candidate may provide answers that aren’t exactly towing the party line but might still receive an endorsement. Below is the purity test that was proposed by a RNC Official earlier this year:
(1) We support smaller government, smaller national debt, lower deficits and lower taxes by opposing bills like Obamaâ€™s â€œstimulusâ€ bill;
(2) We support market-based health care reform and oppose Obama-style government run health care;
(3) We support market-based energy reforms by opposing cap and trade legislation;
(4) We support workersâ€™ right to secret ballot by opposing card check;
(5) We support legal immigration and assimilation into American society by opposing amnesty for illegal immigrants;
(6) We support victory in Iraq and Afghanistan by supporting military-recommended troop surges;
(7) We support containment of Iran and North Korea, particularly effective action to eliminate their nuclear weapons threat;
(8) We support retention of the Defense of Marriage Act;
(9) We support protecting the lives of vulnerable persons by opposing health care rationing and denial of health care and government funding of abortion; and
(10) We support the right to keep and bear arms by opposing government restrictions on gun ownership.
Had this passed, candidates must meet at least 7 of those ideals to be considered for an endorsement. If they didn’t, no endorsement would be awarded, and other consequences such as expulsion from the RNC might’ve followed.
Nice try Dan.