Barbaro gets reelected again

“Attorney and Laguna Beach resident Frank Barbaro was reelected Monday to his post of chairman of the Democratic Party of Orange County,” according to the Total Buzz blog.

Barbaro “has been county party boss since 1991, and also served as the DPOC’s top dog from 1976 to 1978.”

I am told that Barbaro is Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido’s personal lawyer.  He is also said to own a ticket agency and supposedly he is doing consulting work for federal candidates in his party.

His forte is fundraising – but other than that he has not enjoyed much success, with the exception of new voter registration.  The problem is that the Democrats really don’t have many folks who can run their party.  I do think however that attorney Steve Young would have been a viable candidate.

Last year’s fiasco in Garden Grove was particularly disturbing.  The Democrats had a great chance to pick up a council seat.  Instead, they lost again to two Republicans – Steve Jones and Andrew Do.  The Democrats got behind Paul Lucas and Tram Linh Ho – but their best candidate turned out to be Robin Marcario, and she didn’t get much help from her party.  She barely lost to Do.

Do is now the leading contender to follow Van Tran in the 68th Assembly District.  And the Democrats?  They didn’t do much to help this year’s Assembly candidate against Tran, Ken Arnold.  So Tran won again.  But Arnold could have beat him with some help from his party.

One thing for sure – Barbaro and company deserve zero credit for the success of Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez and State Senator Lou Correa.  Can they ever compete against the OC GOP?  Not with Barbaro at the helm…even in a year when the Dems dominated all over the nation, Barbaro couldn’t gain much ground in Orange County.

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