Dr. Jose Moreno, a candidate for Anaheim City Council District 3, has announced that Mayor Anaheim Tom Tait will join his team to walk neighborhoods in District 3 in Anaheim this Saturday. Moreno and some other progressives are trying to brand Tait as a “social justice” mayor when his record, other than backing district elections and the symbolic flying of the gay pride flag at City Hall, doesn’t really reflect that. So Moreno is aligning himself with the County’s most anti-public employee union elected — someone how has consistently voted against working families.
TheLiberalOC has heard from several sources Moreno may decide to run for chair of the Democratic Party of Orange County if he is unsuccessful in his election battle against incumbent Jordan Brandman. While there’s no question, Moreno has advocates for him in the Party, how he’s going to square leading the County party will his affiliation with Tait is going to be an issue. Moreno has been a Democrat sinice 2014 and endorsed Tait over the Party’s officially endorsed candidate for Anaheim Mayor that fall. Party rules state a Central Committee member cannot endorse a Republican but there’s no rule against a Central Committee member accepting a Republican-elected’s endorsement — a loophole that should be closed in my opinion.
Tait faces a toothless, spineless and neutered Orange County GOP which hasn’t endorsed the only Republican in the race, Robert Nelson, so he is free to back Moreno. And even if the OC GOP backed Nelson, Fred Whitaker is far too weak a leader to do anything about it. In one respect, Tait’s support of Moreno shows the OC GOP’s weakness and why the margin between Reds and Blues in the county is less than 5%.
I’ll note Tait’s consistent record of “no” votes against several Anaheim’s public employee unions — which represent many middle class families in Anaheim — is a direct contradiction to Moreno’s mantra of putting people first. If Moreno wins, he’s in for a lesson in how Tom Tait demands his way no matter what which may include votes decidedly anti-Democratic and anti-progressive.
Win or lose, Moreno needs to decide what’s more important — Tait’s support or being a leading Democrat in the party. Pick one.