As liberals, it’s painful for us to acknowledge the OC GOP in any sort of positive light, and while they are tardy, they have joined the list of organizations that have publicly denounced Santa Ana Mayor Pro Tem Claudia Alvarez for comparing businessman Irv Chase to Hitler and accusing Chase and his son Ryan of “ethnic cleansing” at the last City Council meeting in August. Alvarez has since apologized, citing “heat of the moment,” but the videotape doesn’t quite jive with her explanation.
Here is the OC GOP’s statement:
OCGOP condemns anti-semitic comments made by Santa Ana Mayor Pro Tem Claudia Alvarez toward Jewish property owner
September 1, 2011
At the August 24 Santa Ana City Council meeting Mayor Pro Tem Claudia Alvarez, a Democrat, directed anti Semitic language toward the child of a holocaust survivor. The OCGOP strongly affirms that intolerance based on one’s religious beliefs, ethnicity or race is unacceptable.
Ronald Reagan once said “In the party of Lincoln, there is no room for intolerance and not even a small corner for anti semitism or bigotry of any kind.”
The Republican Party of Orange County recognizes that Mayor Pro Tem Alvarez has apologized for this unacceptable verbal abuse but also recognizes that these words should never have been said.
The OC GOP joins the DPOC, LULAC and the ADL for condemning Alavrez’s statements. The ADL has called on her to resign from the city council and called into question her ability to perform her duties as an ADA with the District Attorney’s office.