Apr 192016

No incumbent deserves re-election. They have to earn it. Period.

John Moorlach is selfish and does nothing to help anyone but himself. Moorlach is also reputed to be acerbic and aloof to people he deems unimportant and he also holds life-long grudges so the story goes. That was the nexus of Don Wagner’s run against him.

Mimi Walters is a freshman Congresswoman whose inaugural Heritage Score was a “D”. Apparently, this is the nexus for Greg Raths to run against her.

Hold the above thoughts for Dana Rohrabacher’s Press Release:

Statement by Congressman Dana Rohrabacher

I intend to run for re-election in 2018.

I very much enjoy and am honored to represent my constituents in the 48th Congressional District. My only plans are to continue to do so in 2016, 2018, and beyond. There has been some recent speculation as to appointments if there is a new Republican Administration.  They are simply speculation at this point and not part of my plans.  I can think of nothing more important than serving my constituents and my country in the United States Congress.  It’s an honor and a privilege.

I am disappointed to hear that Scott Baugh has been raising money for a 2018 campaign against me.  Scott Baugh represented to me and many of my supporters/donors that he would never run against me and was only raising money for when I retire. Baugh now seems to be evolving out of that commitment.  I hope that he would return contributions from those who were assured it would never be used in a race against me.

I am proud that I have served our country and my constituents with integrity and will continue to use my experience and my seniority to look out for their interests.

Scott Baugh is a hypocrite. Fred Whitaker is a hypocrite. Many others in OCGOP Leadership are hypocrites.

Whitaker and the OC GOP leadership are attempting to hold up chartering two local volunteer clubs because they don’t like what I am writing on this blog. I am not sure how I, living 440 miles away have gotten so much power that a few small minded people that can’t handle accountability want to hurt other people to vent their frustrations about what I am writing.

Orange County is turning Blue under their watchful eye. I know some that are trying to stop it – but the institutional inertia for the status quo outweighs morality, innovation and any vision for the future.

Scott Baugh is a former Chairman of the OC GOP. He and others on the OC GOP (including current Chairman Fred Whitaker) in their attempts to defend the status quo pointed out that the over $300k raised by Don Wagner, including the 30+K in recent years directly to the OC GOP did not matter. John Moorlach deserved re-election at all costs.

One such cost will be that $30k that Wagner raised is now gone and Moorlach will not raise a dime. He has told leadership as such – even as they were preparing to try and save him from Don Wagner! Apparently, the OC GOP leadership does not need the $30k, a small price to pay to maintain the status quo.

Mimi Walters was defended by Fred Whitaker in a conference call. His primary defense WAS ALL THE MONEY MIMI WALTERS RAISED FOR THE PARTY. Don Wagner raised more. He does not matter, he is not an incumbent.

Real people don’t look at incumbency. Only other incumbents worried about the precedent and what it means to them. We call this self-serving party organizational suicide.

If Mimi Walters deserves re-election because of her fundraising and recruiting of other candidates – then John Moorlach (the double-dipping, pension-spiking “conservative”) deserved to go.

Nope. The OC GOP has no moral high ground to stand on or credibility in my opinion and I write this as some of the same power brokers are rigging the election of the upcoming Orange County GOP Central Committee.

The OC GOP has no moral basis to oppose Greg Raths or attempt to bully him. They need to stand up and be counted as a part of the establishment that has brought us the rage-based coalition of Donald Trump. Trump’s rise is 100% due to the epic moral failure of GOP leadership characterized by situational ethics and prizing the status quo more than anyone or anything else.

This leads us to Dana Rohrabacher. Rohrabacher was FORCED TO DEFEND HIMSELF. Why? The OC GOP actually looks like they did not defend one of their incumbents!!!

So, I can’t even say the OC GOP are denizens of the Status-Quo? It appears that the desire to avoid conflict took them in to a state of paralysis.

Dear Congressman Rohrabacher. I don’t know you. I have met you only once. I will defend you. You deserve better than to be discarded by a new generation of self-serving pseudo-conservative opportunists.

Not everyone in the OCGOP are bad people. There are many good, solid people there. It is time to discard Scott Baugh. It is time to discard Fred Whitaker and let’s get leadership with consistency to principle and a spine.

As a concluding note: To my friends in the newly forming OC GOP volunteer clubs, my apologies if the leadership of the OC GOP uses me as an excuse to protect the status quo. If they deny your charter because of me, that’s on them, not you.

Feb 072016

Everything in politics happens for a reason. Such as Scott Baugh’s sudden turn against his long time friend and ally Don Wagner, and his “opening a committee” (wink wink) for the same congressional seat as Dana Rohrbacher and his actions at the central committee and his changes from long term patterns and allegiances… etc etc etc…

I guess Something about supporting incumbents at all costs, regardless of merit unless it is Scott Baugh and what he wants? You know – the age-old nothing else matters except for the next office I am running for illness…

Well – enter Dana Rohrabacher himself: (Quoting Cal Watchdog)

Rohrabacher told the the Orange County Register, which first broke the news of Baugh’s intentions on Friday, “Scott is just laying the foundation for a race for Congress when I am no longer a member … but I don’t know when that’s going to be.”

A confident Rohrabacher added, “(Baugh) does know that if a Republican gets elected (president), I could get a top-level appointment. … He just wants to make sure if that happens, he’s ready to have a running start.”

Good spin from the veteran Congressman. However, it is clear that Scott Baugh did not call him to explain what he was doing or to warn him. This means that Mr. Baugh is indeed a hypocrite and should be viewed with extreme suspicion were he to run for congress. (And, I will be very interested in him when that happens)

This also means that Baugh’s behavior towards Don Wagner is not unique, I’d lay odds there is a political bloody knife collection with Baugh’s name on it large enough to fill the Great Park.

Why did Scott Baugh do it now?

There has been a rumor that there is some sort of scandal related to Rohrabacher. No one seems to want to come forward with anything, so that may be as real as Scott Baugh’s loyalties.

Others think that Baugh is trying to cut in line with all the vultures lining up for Rohrabacher’s seat as the senior Congressman is in his 70’s. It is also clear that Baugh’s sidekick, Mr. Flash has a paycheck riding on this caper as well.

My issue here is Scott Baugh and his pattern. It is 100% clear now that he made several self-serving strategic decisions to set himself up in a run for his next office. This is the exact behavior that is killing the Republican brand and the Republican team.

While Mr. Baugh is poo-pooing Don Wagner’s contributions to the OCGOP, the Labor Unions are in three cities in Orange County Registering voters. What have either Scott Baugh or John Moorlach done about it?

That’s right, nothing. But, remember, the money raised and donated does not matter…

… as the Status Quo is more important than winning, unless MY next office is on the horizon. #facepalm.

Jan 302016

I don’t care what the hair-splitting legal nuance is. Scott Baugh is a hypocrite. Did he call Congressman Dana Rohrbacher before taking out FEC papers to open up a committee to run for that Congressional seat? Even if he did – why then was it wrong for Greg Raths to pull a jacket to run for Mimi Walter’s seat?

Don Wagner? He had the integrity to stand up from jump street and say – I am going to restore SD37 from the grips of self-serving narcissism and make that seat represent the people once again.

Not Scott Baugh. Note how fast he and John Fleischman are spinning. And this is the same John Fleischman that called Don Wagner’s run for State Senate Quixotic. Well, guys – you look like hypocrites and as the old saying goes – if it takes longer than 10 seconds to explain what you are doing in politics, you screwed up.

When Scott Baugh betrayed his friend of many years (Wagner) he knew 100% what he was planning. It appears that Baugh was trying to re-insert himself as a player in OC GOP Politics. When Scott Baugh was helping run the drills to get Moorlach a string of punchless endorsements, it had nothing to do with Moorlach, it was about Scott Baugh’s own self-interest. I guess in that regard, Baugh and Moorlach are ideally suited for each other.

Meantime, the members of the OCGOP got rolled by Scott Baugh, and any that made their decision to endorse based off of Scott Baugh’s words at the meeting got played.

People wondering why the OCGOP is slipping and why Orange County is turning blue should look no further than to people like the former Assembly Permanent Minority Leader Scott Baugh and Jon Fleischman who is out there apologizing for him.

It looks like the OCGOP is full of cancer and the tumors have metastasized everywhere.

(68% of the vote in 1992, 56% of the vote in 2012 and falling)