In the kerfluffel between Irvine city council candidate and city council member Christina Shea, Irvine Republican “insiders” are declaring Shea “toast” as she leaves office.Â Of course, the Irvine Republican “insiders” include Adam Probolsky who writes for the Register’s Irvine World News, is personal friends with Lalloway and has an axe to grind with the city’s elected Republicans after being tossed as a city commissioner by Steven Choi.
Lalloway and Shea are both losers here.Â
Lalloway, and every city commissioner, serves as the pleasure of the city council member that placed them there.Â He missed meetings, failing to do the job he was appointed to, and lashed out at Shea for firing him so publicly a week before the election.Â
And that’s a big mistake on Lalloway’s part.Â
Â Shea has a strong base in Irvine that garners votes but not cash.Â She needs a wealthy patsy to run on a slate to help fund her race; many in town thought Lalloway was this year’s sugar daddy.Â But Lalloway isn’t sharing.Â Lalloway is using code words of taxpayer funded car allowances and public employee union support to rail against Shea and rally the Irvine GOP. But Lalloway hasn’t stated he’d decline any of these taxpayer funded car allowances and Lalloway sought the endorsement of the very same public employee unions he is railing against.
The campaign waged by Lalloway and Probolsky against Shea will cost Lalloway precious votes he needs, leaving Republicans with teabagger Lynn Schott, who can’t get Steven Choi to spell her last name correctlyÂ on a mailer, or Chris “Irvine Reporter” Moore, who’s better suited for a student council race than city council (note to Chris: try actually paying taxes before complaining taxes are too high; it’s a little hard to take Chris seriously as a candidate when some of his Facebook friends are kids I coached in T-ball). Chris Moore blogs for Art Pedroza’s Orange Juice blog which begs the question why is an Eagle Scout associating with someone who promoted NAMBLA and gay porn on websites he used to own? Do Moore’s parents know?
Polling in Irvine shows Lalloway now chasing Shiva Farivar for that fourth city council slot.Â And with Choi a lame duck, he’s effectively powerless.
But so is Probolsky; he holds no position of power in Irvine but can use his column in the Irvine World News to go after his political enemies while praising his political friends.Â Lalloway used the puff piece Probolsky wrote about the pandering $5 million grant Lalloway wants to give to schools when the measure doesn’t have a prayer.Â John Campbell gets all sorts of praise from Probolsky despite not bringing a dime back to the city. And while Republicans in general rallied on Loretta Sanchez to debate Van Tran (and she did and did well), Republican Congressional candidates in OC lack the stones to debate for their jobs.
And while Probolsky is a newlywed in the city, he doens’t have any kids and frankly misses most of the Irvine experience that unites so many Democrats and Republicans.Â Probolsky strikes me as someone generally more concerned about where you can buy a sub sandwich in Irvine at 2AM than where you can find a soccer field on a Sunday.Â I’m hopeful the Register will give a voice to someone on the left as a counter to Probolsky’s column (you have my email address editors…).
I really enjoyed the dust up between Probolsky and Pat Rodgers in a post earlier this week.Â It warms my heart to see a GOP cat fight going down on a Liberal blog.Â Thanks for the entertainment guys.Â Next time, we’ll sell tickets.
Meanwhile, another effective Lalloway hit piece came in my mailbox today; Lalloway Lies is the title and it documents his background.Â Without support from those Shea voters, the next mailer may likely read “Lalloway Lost.”