Irvine councilwoman and former Mayor Christina Shea was fetted with praise and farewells from her seat on the dais in Irvine City Hall where she’s winding down her second term of her second tenure on the Irvine City Council.Â She’s termed out and hasn’t ruled out another run for the city council in 2012.Â Shea’s departure is bringing in a mixed reaction from Democrats and Republicans in Irvine alike.
It’s not like we haven’t criticized her from this blog because we have (the city’s “more Romantic” campaign, flip flops on Great Park Construction ..speed up/slow down).Â But to think Shea isn’t an influence on the body politic in this town moving forward would be a mistake.Â She remains popular with a core group of Irvine Republicans but has never been totally embraced by the county’s GOP establishment.Â And unfortunately for Shea, the group of voters she’s popular with are unable to help her raise the sort of money that is required to mount a strong city wide campaign.Â
On the Register’s story about Shea’s final meeting at city hall, a couple of Republicans are begging her not to run again.Â
Irvine’s Republicans have been in disarray for a decade now.Â Perhaps the most influential is soon-to-be former Assemblyman Chuck DeVore who seems to have his sites set on a higher profile office.Â Council member StevenÂ Choi is termed out by 2012 and isn’t popular enough to win a Mayor’s seat unless Sukhee Kang is also on the ballot as a city council candidate or for some other office.
We wish Ms. Shea well.Â We don’t care for her politics and think she was better suited to Irvine when the city has half it’s size 10 years ago. ButÂ she certainly stood strong in her own shoes to even the harshest of criticism.Â Her endorsement of Republicans seeking office in Irvine will likely be coveted.Â We also wish her tremendous success in the private sector and leaves politics and governing to others.