Is the Register’s Editorial Desk Capable of Endorsing a Democrat?


It’s July.  Not October, not September, but July.  And for two high profile races, the OC Register editorial desk has already come out in support of two Republican candidates, backing Republican Young Kim, who’s trying to carpetbag her way into the AD-65 race, and County Supervisor Janet Nguyen over former State Rep Jose Solorio.  In 2012, the Register’s editorial pages endorsed one Democrat for elective office, Orange Mayor Tita Smith (whom many would describe as “barely a Democrat”) and even in city elections such as Santa Ana that were overwhelmingly Democratic Party controlled, they endorsed Republican Charles Hart only.

The early endorsements of Kim, who has never held public office and moved into the district to run, over State Rep Sharon Quirk-Silva, a former Mayor and Council member for the City of Fullerton, and Nguyen, who’s term on the BoS, has been marked with controversy over the CalOptima fiasco, in July instead of October or late September doesn’t surprise us.  The Democratic Party, liberals and elected Democrats in Orange County never get a fair shake from the Register — ever — in spite of this county being home to more than a half-million registered Democrats. I can’t wait for Calle & Company to endorse all the Republican candidates in Irvine and praise them for their transparency even thought the city of Irvine would not disclose Mayor Choi’s public calendar from March to June and the Forensic audit progress is being kept from the public.

At an Assembly debate in May, sponsored by the Lincoln Club and the Irvine Chamber of Commerce, that was moderated by the Register opinion editor Brian Calle, the Lincoln club presented Calle with an award of some sort — a plaque for his commitment to freedom or something like that.  Bad form for the Lincoln Club to put a journalist on the spot like that but even worse for Calle to accept it.  Maybe if the Democratic Party of Orange County (DPOC) presented some sort of award to Calle or the bigwigs at the paper, we’d get a fair shot.  But we’ll instead steal a line from the free-market enthusiasts at the paper to “let the Market decide.”  The Republican Party in Orange County is in serious decline and Democratic registration grows stronger.  Your market is changing dramatically and you refuse to change with it.  The occasional Erwin Chemerinsky or Gloria Romero Op-Ed rarely impacts local politics and isn’t nearly enough for those who are center-left.  Keep alienating a huge market of readers whenever the paper favors inexperienced candidates over effective ones on political position alone and watch as newshole keeps shrinking and circulation declines even more.

We’d like to Register to hold off on the big endorsements for key races until election day is closer.

But perhaps there’s a better option for Democratic candidates.  Boycott the editorial meetings anyway, since they have all the predictability of a parole hearing for Charles Manson.  If the newspaper paper was intellectually honest, it would change its name from the Orange County Register to the Orange County Republican.  Truth in advertising after all.


  5 comments for “Is the Register’s Editorial Desk Capable of Endorsing a Democrat?

  1. Sherree
    July 21, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    I canceled my subscription after the “Orange County Register” made Eric Cantor’s national historic senate loss in June a teaser on the front page and a puff piece that about Barack Obama’s impending UCI speech top of fold–a piece that belonged on the “Local” pages if it belonged anywhere. Cherry picking the news to avoid offending your audience coupled with the onslaught of screaming, angry–often sexist/racist rants–that pass as editorials, like “Paycheck Fairness: A Solution in Search of a Problem,” underscored what a partisan newspaper it is. It really became an insult to my intelligence to read it. I could endure no more.

  2. OC Insider
    July 21, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    “Moved into the district to run” — like that’s never happened before,

    Even DEMOCRAT Senator Calderon (still on the state payroll) is actually paying for a similar scam.

  3. Howard Be My Name
    July 21, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    A former Register employee provided me with the Register’s endorsement procedure. It is reproduced below.

    1. Identify the Republican(s).
    2. If more than one Republican, determine which is the very most conservative.
    3. Write a justification for endorsing the above.
    4. Publish.

  4. Robert Lauten
    July 22, 2014 at 11:22 am

    I’ve never considered the O.C. Register to be a conservative newspaper. I recall four editorials in support of the Trans Pacific Partnership, – Trans-Atlantic Investment and Trade Partnership; the “Partnership” means the transfer of national sovereignty to a regional ‘government’.
    I recall an editorial, – ‘Is it time for a new Constitutional Convention’ and two editorials calling for a Con-Con via a Balanced Budget Amendment, and one for Term Limits for Congress.
    The Register has way too many Associated Press articles; (conservatives consider the AP to be a propaganda sub-committee for the Democrat Party).
    A June 12, 2014 editorial calls for importing poverty and future Democrat Party voters; “Immigration reform: No time like present” (subtitle) “Cantor’s loss notwithstanding” Wow – “Cantor’s loss notwithstanding”!
    Neo-Con or Fascist would be accurate for the O.C. Register, – definitely not “conservative”.

  5. RHackett
    July 25, 2014 at 7:36 am


    I sort of agree with you. The Register is very critical of the compensation of public employees.

    Yet it says nothing of government contractors who make millions from the taxpayer or the employees whose compensation is derived from working for government enforced monopolies. The CEO of PG&E made millions last year. Yet not a peep from a media outlet that screams about the sanctity of the mythical free market.

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