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Hey, as Republican Conservatives with a heroic history of supporting Ronald Reagan and George & Laura Bush…..there is every indication that we stand with our own principles and are not greatly influenced by political party labels. Those that might check our voting record over the years could easily attest to the fact that indeed….we can think “out of the political box”. That said; We now have vote twice for President Barack Obama! Do we abide by each and every decision of the President? The answer to that is: we agree much more with Obama than with McCain or Romney! The following Republicans for national office, we have never supported: Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, George Bush “The Elder”, John McCain and Mitt Romney. We also had problems with some very poor Democrats as well: LBJ, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and in many – many cases, JFK. As you can see, we are just Americans that tend to vote “for the candidate that best suits our belief system”.
Frank Barbaro is stepping down as the President of the Democratic Party in Orange County. Frank as always been a kind of “kiss your sister Democrat” fund raiser and minority leader in Orange County. We have no idea why Frank has suddenly determined that he wants to put the whole “Democratic Fund Raising” thing behind him. Frank has always had a very collegial relationship with Republicans in the OC – perhaps too cozy! Whatever the reason, it is rather an odd coincidence that the voting blocks in Orange County have shifted dramatically over the last 5 years. Ever since “the Fall of the Fiscal Wall” in 2008….”The 2010 Census”, Tom Fuentes stepping down from the Republican Party leadership in Orange County and “The Redistricting of Orange County” – their seems to be a very strong sweep to Democrats with a rather steep decline in the General Republican cache. Obviously the choices of McCain and Romney greatly contributed to that result. However, the recent November election certainly sent a strong message that Hispanics, Asians and Green Libertarians were quickly departing and not doing any cross over voting for Republicans in general.
Greg Diamond ran for State Senate and accounted for himself with a very strong showing. Greg seemed to take a artful approach to running his campaign and certainly wasn’t ashamed of some serious self-deprecation in that regard. He called himself: A Very Bad Candidate! One of Greg’s major hot buttons in his campaign and over the period of time we have challenged him on this blog – was his constant appraisal that “the money in politics” is the great devil. There is little doubt that unless the “power brokers and local gentry” don’t support you, at least in Orange County – things may not go so well funding your campaign for elective office. Obviously, there are always some exceptions, some folks – with a force of personality or that are positioned to alter the political landscape through deeds, actions or circumstances - can “go to the mountain” without it. Republicans Bruce Whitaker in Fullerton and Sandy Genis in Costa Mesa both come to mind. So far, they seem to be responding to their constituencies and will probably be re-elected unless they foul their own nests – somewhere along the way. There is no reason viable Democratic candidates can’t do the same thing in coming elections.
Back to our man Greg Diamond. We believe Greg has shown a couple of very attractive attributes that may serve the Democratic Party of Orange County well in the future. First off, if Greg replaces Frank Barbaro this will be an immediate energized “shot in the arm” to the Democratic Party in Orange County. Greg knows the players. Greg knows what has not worked over the last 10 years for Democrats here in “The OC”. Greg would be a very strong voice to encourage viable, honest and ethical Hispanic, Asian and Caucasian Democratic Candidates. There is little doubt that ”Power Brokers and Local Gentry” will soon attempt to corrupt Greg both in the short term and the long term. Is this the only downside? Probably not. Greg could make some bad choices. Greg could forget that making “The OC” the bastion of Progressive Working Class Values will carry a tremendous responsibility – Regionally, Statewide and perhaps even in a National sense. Maybe had Greg been running things……Bob Rush would have gotten more financial support in his race against Alan Monsoor!
So, did Greg ask us to write this opinion? No, Rick Reiff did…..by appearing on the “SoCalPBS” tonight with Mike Capaldi, Mark Petracca and Former Irvine Councilman Chris Mears along with moderator Ed Arnold of course! Watching “Reiff and Capaldi” apologizing for the huge Republican Defeat and “their faux support of the outreach of Scott Baugh” to the Latino Community, making a strategic move on the Hispanic 100 – was not attractive. Orange County politics will never change if we keep approving this type of behavior. No the County of Orange needs a serious “Sea Change” of attitude and priorities. Greg Diamond would do a great job for the Democratic Party in Orange County and with a great flair. Greg Diamond would learn that it does indeed take a lot of money to get elected – but more than that: its takes a fair and ethical set of values with a grand vision of a better future for all of us.
Good Luck Greg….we are pulling for you! Do not let us down! Go for it dude! Both parties need you engage in this process!