Why is the Liberal OC really attacking Irvine Councilman Steven Choi?

Larry Agran in 1992

Larry Agran’s arrest in 1992 trumped Steven Choi’s protest at the Truman Dinner, in terms of boorish behavior

The big story this week in Orange County is the concerted effort by liberals to attack Irvine Councilman Steven Choi, who is a Republican, because he protested at the DPOC’s Truman Awards Dinner last week by showing up with a picture of their keynote speaker, dreadful House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, taped to the back of his blazer.  The cartoon portrayed Pelosi as Stalin.

The blue boys at the Liberal OC have since gone nuts attacking Choi for disrespecting Pelosi.  However, does she deserve any respect when she is the most hated House Speaker, perhaps in the history of the U.S. Congress? 

Choi did not disrupt the dinner.  He silently protested.  That is quite a contrast to what Larry Agran did in 1992, when he was arrested after his own party officials called the cops, when he disrupted a televised presidential debate that featured then Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton and former California Governor Jerry Brown.  Agran was the Mayor of Irvine and for some dumb reason he actually thought he was a viable presidential candidate.  Hardly anyone agreed.

Steven Choi stands up to Nancy Pelosi

Irvine Councilman Steven Choi silently protested at the Truman Awards Dinner (Picture Courtesy of the O.C. Register)

The real reason the blue boys are attacking Choi is that he is running for the State Assembly seat held by Chuck DeVore.  The blue boys want their candidate, Melissa Fox, to win that seat.  This is just plain politics.  Their umbrage is completely false and hysterical.

So why are they afraid of Choi?  They have good reason to be.

“Dr. Steven Choi was elected to the Irvine City Council for the first time on November 2, 2004. Previously, he was elected as a Trustee of the Irvine Unified School District in 1998 and was re-elected in 2002,” according to his campaign website.

When Choi won his school board seat in 2002, he was a political neophyte. Yet he came in second with over 15,000 votes, according to Smart Voter.  He beat three other candidates and won the race.

Last year Choi got more votes than Agran in the Irvine Council election, according to Smart Voter.  He was right behind Beth Krom, who got the most votes.  Choi beat out 8 candidates. 

About a third of Irvine’s voters are Asian.  Koreans rank just behind ethnic Chinese, according to this site.  While the different Asian races are not cohesive, Choi is obviously getting votes from a broad spectrum of voters.

You see why the blue boys are so threatened by Choi?  So now they are rabidly going after him, when he had the right to protest.  The blue boys are showing that they are against free speech!

Choi is well thought of in Irvine.  He has a great background in education.  The blue boys can rail all they want, but Choi is a real threat to them – and their ridiculous attack isn’t going to hurt him.  Will it peeve Democrats?  Sure.  But who cares?  He has to win a GOP primary in order to take DeVore’s seat.  This story will only help Choi in that primary.

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