You can’t drive down a street in Irvine without seeing a clutter of candidate signs for the coming November election. Signs for City Council, Mayor, and State Assembly are everywhere — including these two posted above that are anti-Don Wagner and anti-Mary Ann Gaido. There are no committee IDs on these signs so if you’re ok walking and want to destroy them, go ahead. You won’t be breaking any laws.
I’ll slip on my Sherlock Holmes deerstalker hat and deduce these signs we put up by Gang Chen or his supporters who don’t understand how an Independent Expenditure works. Why? Pretty easy.
There are four main candidates running for Mayor. State Rep. Don Wagner (R-Five Point), Katherine Daigle (a principled Republican), Gang Chen (clueless Republican desperate for slate mates) and Mary Ann Gaido (long time Democrat and Progressive community leader).
Daigle has run before and has always spend her campaign funds promoting herself instead of tearing down other candidates. Daigle has too much integrity to attack her opponents and has never done so in several campaigns which is why these no-ID signs trashing Wagner and Gaido are out of character for her. Daigle isn’t behind these signs.
Wagner isn’t behind these signs; he has no signs up himself and FivePoint is rumored to be spending big bucks to elect him, so the developer sure as hell won’t post signs calling Wagner too Partisan and a career politician. Wagner tends to ignore his opponents when running.
Gaido is the only candidate to sign the City of Irvine’s CODE OF FAIR CAMPAIGN PRACTICES when filing papers to run for Mayor of Irvine. She did so on August 12, 2016.
Here’s what the code reads:
“There are basic principles of decency, honesty, and fair play which every candidate for public office in the State of California has a moral obligation to observe and uphold in order that, after vigorously contested but fairly conducted campaigns, our citizens may exercise their constitutional right to a free and untrammeled choice and the will of the people may be fully expressed on the issues.
THEREFORE: I SHALL NOT USE OR PERMIT the use of character defamation, whispering campaigns, libel, slander or scurrilous attacks on any candidate or his or her personal or family life.”
Gaido has no signs promoting her candidacy for Mayor. Unlike Gang Chen who has had signs up for months. The one positive thing about all the signs posted along Irvine’s streets is the Gang Chen signs have become almost invisible.
If you head over to Gang Chen’s blog, you’ll read the top two posts echoing the signs placed around town — namely Don Wagner is a career politician and Mary Ann Gaido is some sort of radical/hypocrite. Subtle, huh? Chen has also billed himself as non-Partisan but also a Republican. So surely these signs were paid for by Gang Chen or one of his supporters? Right?
Chen has filed FPPC complaints against Gaido, this blog and the Irvine Community News & Views. The FPPC has tossed out the complaints against both the blog and the newspaper; there is a small separate investigation pending about Gaido and an unreported payment to ICN&V where corrective action has been taken and this will likely be closed without penalty. But for a candidate who’s filing FPPC complaints, these signs are a case study. No committee ID number period. Chen has denied being behind last’s June’s “No Lalloway/Bad for Republican” signs during the primary attacking Jeff Lalloway’s OC GOP Central Committee race (it didn’t work; Lalloway won a seat). Will Chen take responsibility for these new no Wagner/no Gaido signs when he’s clearly the only Mayoral candidate to benefit from them?
Want another and easier way to prove the signs are connected to Chen? Paper stock is the same size as the Gang Chen for Mayor signs. The Gang Chen signs as well as the No Wagner, No Lalloway and No Gaido sizes all use the same font. Lazy printers. Chen once asked me to be honest about his campaign; I am. I think he paid for these illegal signs and won’t take responsibility for them.
Irvine voters want to know if he’s honest enough to admit his connection to these signs.