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Scott Baugh will step down as OC GOP Chair in January


OC GOP chairman Scott Baugh will leave his position in January 2015 according to a story in the Orange County Register.  Baugh cites demands on his available time from his real estate business and law firm, and has taken on a larger role in running his family’s Northern California ranch due to his father’s declining health.  Under Baugh, the county’s GOP continues to dominate elective office but its a party is serious decline as voter registration numbers are down and Baugh has had to fight off Tea Party extremists who want to take Republicans further to the right.

From Martin Wisckol’s story:

But Baugh was unable to reverse the party’s declining share of the county electorate, which was 56 percent in 1990, 48 percent when Baugh took over in 2004 and is 41 percent today. The growth of the Latino community is central to the sliding numbers in the county and statewide. And while the GOP has a 9-point advantage over Democrats in the county, it was twice that when Baugh became chairman.

“A lot of that is birth rate and people moving to the county,” said former state Senate GOP Leader Dick Ackerman of Irvine. “Even the chairman of the Republican Party can’t control that,”

Under Baugh’s watch in 2012, Democrat Sharon Quirk-Silva upset incumbent Chris Norby, R-Fullerton. Norby had won the primary by 17 points, and the county party, the state party and the candidate were all caught off guard in the general election.

While Baugh has many staunch supporters and has largely kept the internal debates from the level of tumult seen under Fuentes, he inevitably has critics as well.

“Things have not been going well under his leadership,” said Villa Park Councilwoman and tea party activist Deborah Pauly.


Possibel replacements include Ackerman and Newport Beach lawyer Fred Whitaker.


  5 comments for “Scott Baugh will step down as OC GOP Chair in January

  1. Robert Lauten
    July 8, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    City councilwoman Deborah Pauly for O.C. Republican Party Chair, the Republic Party needs to become the opposition Party to the Democrat Party. Presently the two Parties are the two wings of the same bird.

  2. Cynthia mae Curran
    July 8, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    Why do you like Pauley, the fool wants to destroy the import-export bank. The Tea Party is the fools in favor of destroying thousands of jobs for contractors that shipped overseas even someone like Rick Perry opposes it because it gives money to Boeing and lots of aerospace jobs in Texas shipped overseas. In fact about 50 percent of the Republicans in the OC under 50 can’t not stand the same far right nonsense of the aging birchers in OC that are over 55 years old. Robert Lauten you are a fool to support the Tea Party fools that even want to destory about a few thousands jobs in Orange County because they get money from the import-export bank. Pauley go to Hell with Kevin Mccarthy another fool that wants to destroy the import-export even if his district shipps oil and agricultural overseas-Kern County. In fact the Tea Party popularity over the import-export getting rid of money from the defense industry has left it dry.

  3. Cynthia mae Curran
    July 8, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    “A lot of that is birth rate and people moving to the county,” said former state Senate GOP Leader Dick Ackerman of Irvine. “Even the chairman of the Republican Party can’t control that,”
    The Republican height was when the OC had lots of midwest and Southerners relocate to work in aerospace. The Southerners were also the also conservative vote. Many of them went to other states were housing was cheaper and were replaced with people from La County or back east more

  4. Robert Lauten
    July 9, 2014 at 7:16 am

    GOP registration is declining. “No Party Preference” is increasing. The trend will continue; Obama tells the Border Patrol to stand down and allow the refugee invasion to continue, Border Patrol personnel are taken off to border to process the refugees. The border becomes a super-highway for the drug cartels and human traffickers. No protest is heard from the O.C. Republican congressional delegation or from Scott Baugh. Re-register NPP.

  5. Robert Lauten
    July 9, 2014 at 8:11 am

    Cynthia mae Curran
    The OC Register had three editorials opposing renewing the Export Import Bank’s charter. Where was your comment in support?
    “Editorial: Congress, can we bank on reform?” (0 comments)
    “Stephen Moore: Big business, big handouts” (1 comment, but not yours)
    “Editorial: Scrap the Export-Import Bank” (0 comments)

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