I’m the recipient of a piece of mail for the Irvine elections that made me laugh out loud. The mailer benefits the Choi-Shea-Schott ticket but its paid for by the California Term Limits PAC and features three prominent Irvine liberals stating why they aren’t voting for Larry Agran. So what’s the alternative gentlemen? Ushering in a conservative Republican who’s against everything you’re for?
The headline is an unfounded claim that Agran wants to turn Irvine into the county’s most densely poplated city. Meanwhile, the Orange County Business Journal has a page 1 story that says “Irvine Won’t Max Out for Decades.” The city is the fastest growing in OC with significant development with apartment housing, so why are the Republicans against these good high-paying jobs?
But I regress.
Mark Petracca, a political science professor at UCI; Chris Mears, a former council member in Irvine, and Will Swaim, former editor at OC Weekly, the failed District Weekly in Long Beach and the editor of the now dead Republic of Costa Mesa blog, have all renounced Agran citing how he’s changed without mentioning how much they’ve changed themselves. In lending their voices against Irvine’s progressive slate of candidates, these three are basically saying, “why yes, I’d love to spite my face by cutting off my nose.”
(Updating comment) In a Facebook dialogue, Petracca admits he isn’t sure who he’s voting for, but he has four choices — a vote for Choi which means he should be kicked out of the party immediately, a vote for Katherine Daigle, a non-Tea Party Republican, a write in of a progressive candidate he likes (it’s spelled C-H-M-I-E-L-E-W-S-K-I), or to blank the race, and Petracca hopes a new slate of progressives will emerge in Irvine. Unfortunately, there is no new slate of progressives on the ballot this November. Mears, who ran with Agran and Krom about 10 years ago, has represented Christina Shea after she was accused of making a political call to threaten an Irvine city employee and union leader during the work day. Swaim has embraced the conservative slate of candidates in Costa Mesa, embracing an anti-labor position and promoting Jim Righeimer, whose positions on labor unions are embraced by Choi. So if you’re a progressive, your only choice in this election cycle is one for Larry Agran.
Our friends at PBS-SoCal give these guys a platform to be liberals on Real Orange or the Rick Reiff program, but with liberals like these, perhaps it’s time for KOCE to find some new ones.
And for all the whining about mailers from PACs from the Choi slate, the embraced a PAC for this mailer. I don’t think mailers will sway many voters one way or another. Irvine voters see the well manicured parks, the clean streets, and healthy schools when they go to the polls, not mailers. But with Progressives like these, who needs Republicans?
When you’re ready to give us progressive alternatives fellas, I’m all ears.