I check out the OC Register’s editorial pages daily as they cycle through interviews with candidates for office and then note their endorsements in editorials. To my surprise (not), endorsements are typically granted to Republican candidates who follow the Baugh Doctrine, a manifesto of sorts that locks Republicans into a position to decline contributions from any public employee unions. Becausem you see, in the eyes of the Register’s editorial board, public employee unions are evil (as are Democrats, progressives, liberals…..).
In races with lots of Republicans who fit that profile, the Register tends to favor candidates who have run or served before. This is why Evan Chemers failed to get an endorsement from the paper which instead favored former council member Christina Shea and Tea Party Republican Lynn Schott. In Tustin, the paper left Allen Bernstein off the list. The two notable exceptions were the papers endorsment of Anaheim city council candidate John Leos, a Republican, with the backing from OCEA. Republican Karina Onofre, despite being a Republican who would decline union endorsements or contributions, was denied a Ward 5 newspaper endorsement. We have to guess its a photo taken with Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez must have hurt Onofre.
In races with two Democrats, like the Santa Ana mayor’s race, the paper declined to endorse Mayor Miguel Pulido or Council member David Benavides. The paper declined to endorse George Collins, who is running as a Republican. But the paper did back Republican Charles Hart in Ward 3 even thought Hart has raised little money and will likely finish no better than third.
It boggles the mind that the paper continues to ignore than more than 500,000 registered Democrats and clings to the conservative/libertarian model despite the changing voter demographics in Orange County.