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Sources: Lalloway will run for Mayor if Choi makes it to the Top 2 in AD-68


Sources tell TheLiberalOC that if Irvine Mayor Steven Choi makes it to the top two in the AD-68 primary that Irvine Mayor Pro Tem Jeff Lalloway will launch a bid for mayor.  We contacted Lalloway on social media and got a squishy non-denial denial.  No confirmation from the Mayor Pro Tem himself.

Our sources point out:

  • Lalloway won’t spend any energy on this until after the primary in 2016 if case Choi crashes and burns and settles for a re-election campaign.
  • Lalloway has a safe seat; if he loses the mayoral race, he’s still on the council.
  • Lalloway doesn’t need a big window to run for mayor or raise money, as developer IEs will augment his anemic fundraising track record.
  • While Lalloway has won two elections to council, he’s never been on the top of the polls and barely held his seat in the last election.

Many would argue Lalloway is effectively mayor already and is largely responsible for driving the city to a far more conservative bent that doesn’t reflect the actual political leanings of Irvine coupled with Choi’s weak leadership on issues like the Veteran’s Cemetery and Memorial.


  19 comments for “Sources: Lalloway will run for Mayor if Choi makes it to the Top 2 in AD-68

  1. Ltpar
    July 17, 2015 at 9:52 pm

    As Mayor Pro-Tem, Jeff should be first in line to be the next Mayor to replace Steven Choi. Jeff has done a pretty good job on the Council, especially in keeping the pledges he campaigned on. I would support Jeff for Mayor, if Steven moves on and am confident he would do a very good job.

  2. John Yopes
    July 20, 2015 at 6:29 pm

    In 2014, the City of Plano, Texas, approved an Equal Rights Ordinance that “prohibits discrimination in places of public accommodation, employment, housing practices and City contracting” based on “race, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status, familial status or United States military/veteran status.”

    The reaction of Ltpar (Patrick Rodgers): “Recall the three Council members who voted for the Ordinance.”

    Ltpar (Patrick Rodgers) is a homophobic dinosaur.

    It makes sense though, since his favorite Irvine City Member, Christina Shea, launched her political career by leading a homophobic campaign against a similar human rights ordinance in Irvine.

    Thankfully, most people – including a majority of the Justices on the United States Supreme Court — have moved beyond Rodgers’ and Shea’s bigotry.

    Now it’s time for Irvine to move Rodgers and Shea.

    • Ltpar
      July 21, 2015 at 2:02 pm

      John, from your commentary one might conclude you are a member of the gay community. While I and many others, believe in the Bible and do not agree with your lifestyle, we accept your right to choose any path you wish to walk. I do not judge you personally for your lifestyle, but you presume to judge me for not agreeing with it. Just to be crystal clear, you will never be able to ram it down my throat and gain acceptance. Additionally, don’t confuse me with one of those good Christians who prays for your soul, because I could care less what happens to you. If that makes me a homophobic dinosaur, so be it.

      • July 21, 2015 at 2:16 pm

        oh Pat, the Bible is pro-slavery, pro-concubines, and very anti-divorce. Per the Bible, the divorced Ms. Shea should be stoned to death….so are you selective with your Bible teachings? Do you always tithe 10%; do you eat Bacon? Any tattoos? Do you wear material made from mixed textiles?

        • Ltpar
          July 22, 2015 at 6:17 am

          Dan, I am about a far from a Biblical Scholar as one can get and in fact confess to not being a very good Christian. I don’t attend church on a regular basis and have never been one to turn the other cheek when slapped. I love bacon, have no tattoos and buy my textiles from the same place you get yours.

          As an adult I lost my taste for organized religion, but not spirituality. I have no need for an intermediary between myself and God. Bottom line is, from the days of my youth to today I have seen our country go through many changes. Some were needed and made the country a better place. Others were not good and have made our country a far worse place. Only God knows what the future holds, but I am not optimistic about the outcome.

          • RHackett
            July 22, 2015 at 7:11 am

            LtPar, you are not optimistic about the future. Why? Does equality scare you?

            I think you and I are probably near the same age. I am more optimistic than I have been in years. We finally have a foreign policy that doesn’t involve shoot first ask questions, let someone else figure it, and also pay for later.

            I believe that fiscal and environmental issues will ultimately have to addressed when the Luddite wing of the GOP moves along.

            Why are you such a curmudgeon? You’ve been fortunate to have so much given to you courtesy of the taxpayer. You should more grateful.

            Every generation says that about the one coming behind it. I remember hearing the same line from my parents during the 60’s. Yet hear we are.

          • July 22, 2015 at 8:36 am

            I’m wildly optimistic about the future, especially in seeing marriage equality happen in my lifetime, an African-American president elected in my lifetime and soon, a woman president elected in my lifetime. I’m sorry you don’t feel that way; might I suggest moving to Montana or Idaho to be among more like-minded people….take Christina Shea with you.

            • Ltpar
              July 25, 2015 at 2:32 pm

              Dan, remember those words if your fearless leader, the Pied Piper of Chicago, stays on course with his plan and takes the country over the brink. When the brown stuff hits the fan, liberals like yourself will be the first to be eaten alive by those you champion for. Good luck.

              • July 25, 2015 at 6:30 pm

                You might want to check this president’s actual record of accomplishment compared to the last Republican to hold office at 1600 Pennslyvania Avenue. Are you better off today than you were in 2008

              • July 26, 2015 at 10:34 am

                Oooh, the LTPacoplypse is coming! I’m stocking up on armaments and foodstuffs NOW.

      • July 21, 2015 at 4:28 pm

        It is hilarious how anti-gay “social conservatives” are FOREVER imagining things being “rammed down their throats.” Keep your ears open for that. It is revealing, I think.

        • RHackett
          July 22, 2015 at 7:06 am


          A term that compares legally enacted to oral penetration is kind of amusing to me when I hear conservatives use it.

  3. John Yopes
    July 21, 2015 at 3:46 pm

    No, Pat, I’m not a member of the Gay Community. I’m a member of the far larger community — now including the vast majority of Americans — who believe that discrimination against people based on their sexual preferences is unethical and should be illegal. You — along Newport Beach Councilmember Scott Peotter and Irvine Councilmember Christina Shea — belong to that shrinking group of bigots who want it to be okay to deprive gay people, on that basis alone, of housing, employment and other legal rights. That’s why your political opinions shouldn’t matter to most of us.

    • July 21, 2015 at 4:30 pm

      I’m glad people like him are around, as a quaint reminder of where we came from. Some day soon there will be nobody like Pat and Christine left.

  4. July 21, 2015 at 5:07 pm

    So Pat, does this mean Christina’s views on gays haven’t changed since the late 1980s? No gay pride parades in Irvine?

    • Ltpar
      July 22, 2015 at 5:52 am

      Dan, I only speak for myself and not Christina Shea or anyone else. Frankly, I personally didn’t give a damn about a Gay Parade in 1980 anymore than I do today. I also was oblivious about the Rose Parade and the Macy’s Parade in New York .

      John and Vern, I hate to pop your bubble, but there are still millions of Americans who like myself care about moral standards and family values in this country. We do not share your perspective on liberal lifestyles. The great thing about America however is that you get to believe anything you want and I get to believe anything I want. I have defended this concept all my adult life and continue to do so today. Let’s hope this is a freedom we are never deprived of?

      • July 22, 2015 at 8:39 am

        “moral standards and family values” which in Republican-speak is screw over the poor and deny gays the same rights straight people have; tell me Pat, do you believe Muslims and agnostics can teach moral standards and family values, or is it something only Christians own. I love that Lynn Schott openly speaks about being washed in the blood of Christ and then votes in a way directly opposite his teachings.

      • July 22, 2015 at 5:02 pm

        “…there are still millions of Americans who like myself care about moral standards and family values in this country.’

        Millions of people out of three hundred million, no doubt! And “each good flu season,” a lot less.

        I’m with you on celebrating our freedom though!

  5. Cynthia mae Curran
    July 22, 2015 at 9:33 pm

    Lpar, there are gay Republicans, Jim Kolbe of Arizona was one you might have agree with hom on trade, so is it that Gays in the Republican Party have to be hidden in Orange County when this is 2015 not the era of John Briggs. If you are smart, you might accept that the state does gay marriage but you might support an ordinance where Churches are not made to marry gay couples. The cake issue had to do with a commercial transaction Gays were afraid that would lead to them also not being able to rent or have a job. This is happen in Orange County unlike the Liberal folks here OC is not the worst on Gay rights its really in the middle since Southern states score much lower. Also, if you want to helped the family support a private training program like the Gospel Rescue Mission or if you don’t like illegal immigration go down to TJ and built a house for a poor Mexican Family. Matthew Cunningham was a hyprocrate since he supported making Anahiem less poor but supported giving tax breaks to Disneyland which hires a lot of poor workers. In fact Republicans might helped Anaheim by really creating a public transportation system where low income workers could live in parts of La County or Riverside County but come into Anaheim. Redeveloped Anaheim but not encouraging so much resort work even some factory work is coming back or call center work or the Healthcare work. Also, there has been new tract houses recently built in West Anaheim not the Hills. There are Asians and some 2nd and 3rd generation Latinos buying the houses to lower the child poverty rate. Less service workers with kids less poverty not the Mat Cunningham way.

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