The Voice of OC wrote this first but last week, when it was apparent that State Rep. Chris Norby was going to lose his assembly race to Fullerton Mayor Sharon Quirk-Silva, a number of calls were being made within County Government to place Norby in the job. Our sources tell us that the man who replaced Norby on BoS, Shawn Nelson, has been particularly active not so much to help Norby but to find Norby aide Bruce Whitaker, the top vote getter for Fullerton City Council, a job. Whitaker will be unemployed when Norby steps down.
What is it about these anti-public employee labor union Republicans that they have to turn to the public sector for continued employment?
Norby really isn’t qualified for the Clerk Recorder’s position although it appeared that he and Tom Daly were going to run for each other’s seats in county government back in 2010, when Norby suddenly went rogue and ran for assembly endorsing Nelson. Norby frankly lacks the management experience needed by the clerk-recorder’s position. As an elected official, Norby has tendencies of showing up late, saying something for the record, and leaving early. The Clerk Recorder’s position is more hands on management which simply isn’t Norby’s background or experience.
But we hear Nelson will overlook all this so Norby can bring Whitaker on board in a staff position. The not so quiet lobbying as begun.
As today’s LA Times points out, the OC Republicans are in disarray. They conmpletely misread the growing Latino voting block and the desperate hunt for conservative minority candidates is well underway.
The Clerk Recorder’s office is one place that the OC GOP and BoS can get it right. Renee Ramierez is Tom Daly’s assistant clerk recorder. She’s a conservative and she’s Latina. That aside, she’s experienced in the office, has effective management background, and the entire department wouldn’t miss a beat if she was appointed.
Other candidate’s being talked about are Hugh Nguyen, whom Daly trounced by a 4 to 1 margin in 2010, would would help with the Vietnamese community for the OC GOP or Laura Cunningham, a Latina who served as Supervisor Bill Campbell’s chief of staff. Cunningham was considering a run in 2010 before declining to clear the way for Nguyen.
The big question is does the OC GOP push for Norby, a failure in the State Assembly, or make a choice to promote a conservative Latina to a position of power?