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Villa Park’s Deborah Pauly is attempting quite the transformation. She is abandoning social conservatives and embracing the promising mantle of a libertarian. Reasonable enough given her history. The problem: Ms. Pauly is crazy to the core. The bigger problem: The switch reveals Ms. Pauly’s true nature, that of a power hungry politician willing to say and do anything to get ahead.
The councilwoman from Villa Park, a city of less than 6000, is infamous. She has a long history of making incredibly stupid and offensive remarks that make life harder for Orange County Republicans. Now, these are not the kind of politically incorrect remarks that you hear about on CNN or MSNBC. Nor is she getting in trouble for merely forwarding an offensive email. Ms. Pauly is constantly finding herself in controversies that make the GOP (unfairly), look absolutely nuts.
In 2010, Pauly was in the news for writing on her Facebook page that applauding Obamacare was “like applauding a mugging or a rape.” As it turns out, this was Pauly in reasonable mode, the tip of the crazy iceberg if you will.
In 2011, her behavior was off-the-charts offensive. Attending a protest at an Islamic charity event organized to raise money for homeless and women’s shelters, she stated, “I know quite a few Marines who will be very happy to help these terrorists to an early meeting in paradise.”
Later that year she announced bizarrely to a group of Garden Grove women that “Democrats are Of the Terrorists, By the Terrorists, and For the Terrorists.” Also around this time, she made pilgrimages to various city councils urging them to adopt resolutions in favor of Arizona’s anti-immigrant papers-please SB 1070, snapping that she was “ashamed” of her Republican colleagues on the Villa Park council for not joining her in that crusade.
WTF… Generally, the liberal media needs to describe at length why a comment is offensive. Ms. Pauly makes the task incredibly easy. All her opponents need to say is: google her.
In 2012, OCGOP Chairman Scott Baugh tried to put an end to the circus by leading an effort that removed the councilwoman from her leadership position in the party. Kudos to Mr. Baugh who stated at the time:
“[Pauly] makes statements out there that I’m constantly having to defend. . . . These are not just my opinions, but they have been brought by dozens and dozens of people that share the same concerns,” Baugh said. “I think at some level as an officer of this body you need to be very careful. You are held to a much different standard by what you say because you represent everybody out here.”
Today the small-town councilwoman is as ambitious and power-hungry as ever. Further, she will stop at nothing in her mission of revenge against Chairman Scott Baugh. To this end, she is attempting a makeover. A few months ago, she approached former consultant Mike Triggs about improving her image. The notion inspired quite the laugh among party insiders. Nevertheless, Ms. Pauly is making an effort to identify herself with the rising libertarian tide in the Republican Party. On her facebook page, she maintains that she is, in fact, something of a libertarian.
But Ms. Pauly can’t stay out of trouble. When I noticed that she had “liked” a page called “Heterosexual Pride” that painted gay people as child molesters, I asked her to clarify or distance herself from the idea. She responded by posting the following to her Facebook (which she claimed came from her “bible study”):
“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.” – 1 Corinthians 15:58
There will always be those who oppose God, His word, His work and His standards, laws and statutes. They will threaten and deceive and intimidate in an attempt to discourage you.
Annoyed, I upped the ante by making my inquiry public. She never denied that she believed all gays were child molesters, just called me a liar. And another Facebook post appeared:
From this morning’s study: “Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” – 1 Peter 5:8
“Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” James 4:7 (Also, see John 8:44 to learn that the devil is “the father of lies.” He does not stand for truth because there is no truth in him.”)
How nice that Ms. Pauly’s bible study supplies her with a convenient series of talking points, which in her own fevered mind she appears to find germane to the discussion.
Ms. Pauly will fail to remake herself. This is because her political beliefs are not the problem. The councilwoman is just plain mean, and she has a terribly hypocritical attitude. In response to my trouble making, she had her cronies threaten me with legal action. This, while she is engaged in a crusade for “Free Speech” in San Juan Capistrano.
Libertarians should run for the hills when they see Ms. Pauly heading in their direction. Likewise, local politicians should not be tempted to accept her aid. She may appear to have grassroots support, but it is not worth it; she will humiliate you.
The subtext of this saga is that Ms. Pauly has shown herself willing to abandon social conservatives in her struggle for power. So I ask them in Ms. Pauly’s own words: “Do you feel sodomized?”