There is some lamenting this week after the election that Lynn Schott’s third place finish signaled a blown opportunity for the disorganized Republicans to someone take over the city council majority in Irvine.Â Hogwash.Â Mayor Sukhee Kang was overwhelming re-elected with one of the largest margins in a competitive mayoral race and council member Larry Agran was the top finisher in the council election, besting Jeff Lalloway by nearly 1,000 votes.
If anything, Schott benefited from the late support by outgoing council member Christina Shea and lame duck council member Steve Choi.Â Lalloway raised a significant amount of money and benefitted from those who submitted absentee ballots early, long before Shea fired him from the planning comission.Â Adam Probolsky, a Lalloway friend, denied a popular rumor he’d be returning to city hall as a commissioner for Lalloway.
But in this Voice of OC story, I’m a little shocked by this statement by Probolsky: “Most people don’t know what a Shiva Farivar or a Yunus Aksoy is,” Probolsky said. With Schott, he added, “I [the Irvine voter] know what I’m getting. I know she’s probably a white lady — I gravitate towards what I know.”
In a city known for it’s diversity and which celebrates the manner in which Korean-Americans, Chinese-Americans, African-Americans, Persian Americans, and all creeds interact and work together, I’m actually offended by Probolsky’s characterization of “I gravitate towards what I know.” Yep, Adam knows tea party Republicans.Â Kang’s election flies fully in the face of Probosky’s statements and frankly, Probolsky’s ought to clarify his remarks and apologize for them.
So what kind of council member will Jeff Lalloway be?Â Christina Shea in wingtips; with the backing of the Lincoln Club.Â The big question is will he work with Choi or not.Â But the Republicans only held their ground in Irvine.Â They never had a chance to actually take over.
But a quick note to Choi: would you be upset if I show up at a Irvine Republican Club function with a photoshopped image of Rep. John Boehner’s head on Stalin’s body?Â Because, to quote you from last December, “as a small businessman, Boehner’s policies would imact me negatively.”