Is O.C. GOP really worried about “union attacks?”

Is O.C. GOP really worried about “union attacks?”

I spent most of the day flying and driving, as I made my way up to Sacramento today. While meandering about, I realized that virtually nothing has been heard from Janet Nguyen’s campaign for the 68th Assembly District, in quite some time. I later had some time to get online for a few minutes, and lo and behold I couldn’t even find her campaign website.

In the meantime, Nguyen’s opponent for the GOP nomination, activist Jim Righeimer has been busy. He locked up another endorsement today, from U.S. Representative Darrell Issa. But then things got a bit weird. The Righeimer press release that touted Issa’s endorsement noted that “the local GOP continues to defend Righeimer from the expected union attacks.”

Now I have no doubt that the unions despise Righeimer, given his past involvement in ballot measures designed to “give union employees the right to exempt themselves from political contributions,” again according to Righeimer’s press release. However, I wondered if Issa, being so concerned about the unions, had also endorsed pro-union GOP hack Jim Silva, who is running for the neighborhing 67th Assembly District.

I easily found Silva’s website online, and sure enough Issa endorsed him too. What gives? How can the “local GOP” be freaked out about unions in the case of Righeimer, but just fine with the unions when it comes to Silva? That is at the very least schizophrenic.

I also noticed, while perusing Silva’s endorsements, that they include two O.C. Republcans who, in the past, like Silva, supported the now defunct Orange County Project Labor Agreement (PLA) which essentially banned non-union contractors from bidding on county public works, for a period of about five years. That’s right, both Ken Maddox and Curt Pringle have endorsed their union-loving buddy Silva.

I suspect that the strong anti-union language in the Righeimer press release had more to do with the presence of Chad Morgan on his campaign staff, then with any collective O.C. GOP concern about the unions.

I decided to dig a little deeper and actually look up Silva’s contributions. Here are the unions that are supporting him, and their contributions:

  • International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 12 – $1,000
  • Orange County Employees Assocation – $1,000

In past years Silva has also received contributions from:

  • The American Federation of State and County Municipal Employees –
  • Drive Political Fund – Affiliated with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters
  • I.B.E.W. Educational Committee, $1,000.00
  • Reinforcing Iron Workers Local Union 416

If the local GOP is indeed worried about the unions, they need to dump Silva posthaste and endorse his conservative opponent, Mike McGill, instead.


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