Republican District 5 Anaheim City Council candidate Mark Lopez has regained the support of the OC GOP, which suspended support last week over comments Lopez made at a candidate’s forum in which the official Republican candidate supported the concept of making Anaheim a sanctuary city without specifically using the term. OC GOP chair Fred Whitaker appears to be taken Lopez at his word that what Lopez said at the Forum was not what he meant.
Lopez drew the ire of OC Republicans with his comments which were reported in Voice of OC and OC Weekly, who heard what we all heard when listening to Lopez’s remarks at the Forum. He supported the very premise that sanctuary cities are based on. The OC GOP agreed and suspended support for Lopez which kicked the candidate into damage control mode.
Lopez issued this robocall (cut and pasted from OC Daily):
“This is your Republican candidate Mark Lopez. I’m the only candidate for District 5 city council who will join with Mayor Tom Tait in opposing the city council’s $500 million tax giveaway to hotel developers. [Inaudible] developers are sending out last-minute campaign mailers with false attacks about my position on sanctuary city status for Anaheim. The attacks are a big lie because I oppose Anaheim becoming a sanctuary city. If you have any concerns about my views on this issue, please call me personally at 714-768-7169.
I am proud to have earned the endorsement of our Republican Mayor Tom Tait. Help us fight back against the corrupt hotel developers by voting for me, Mark Lopez, for Anaheim City Council.”
OC GOP chair Fred Whitaker apparently is the sort of leader who believes what you tell him instead of what he heard. Lopez insists Anaheim shouldn’t be a sanctuary city. And Whitaker believed him and has resume party support of a candidate who obviously changes his story based on who he’s speaking to and what they want to hear.
Democrats in Anaheim who cheered Lopez’s stance on “I won’t call it sanctuary city status but that’s what I support” have his cell phone number above to call the candidate and say “WTF?” Especially since almost every photograph we see of Lopez, he’s hanging out with Democrats.