TheLiberalOC has confirmed that Barbara Coe, the head of the California Coalition for Immigration Reform (CCIR), has passed away of cancer this past Saturday. Notes from friends and supporters mourn the loss of “a patriot.”
Coe ranks up there as one of the more “colorful” political figures from the far right wing of the OC political spectrum. It’s our policy not to speak ill of the dead, but we have to wonder what Coe’s interactions with St. Peter at the Pearly Gates will be like. Or perhaps there’s a different conservation happening in another part of the spiritual realm.
She founded the CCIR was founded in 1994 and served as the organization’s leader. She was also a member of the Council of Conservative Citizens which stood against everything from gay rights, interracial marriage, integration and Latino immigration. The organization was a a co-sponsor of the controversial 1994 Prop 187 that called for a halt to public services for undocumented immigrants; while the measure passed, the federal court overturned it as unconstitutional.
In a way, her organization is partially responsible for the creation of this blog when Republican Congressional candidate Tan Nguyen sent letters to immigrant voters on what looked like CCIR letterhead warning them that if they voted, they could be deported. Coe condemned the letter. TheLiberalOC was created by Mike Lawson to expose voters to Nguyen’s tactics.
With the rise of the Tea Party and the election of Barack Obama to president, Coe’s focus seemed to go from Latinos to Muslims. She opposed the construction of mosques on the grounds that all Muslims were somehow terrorists.
There are tons of posts about her on OC Weekly’s Navel Gazing site. While we disagree with virtually everything she stood for politically, we’re certain her family and friends feel her loss.
Photo courtesy of OC Weekly.
Don’t worry Orange County. We still have Orly Taitz, Dana Rohrabacher, Jim Righeimer, Jeff Lalloway, John Moorlach, and on and on….