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Wu: Battle of the campaign press releases

April 21, 2012|By Jack Wu

This past week has been the week of 74th Assembly District press releases, and with each passing one, I couldn't help but laugh.

This really is "silly season."

So I'll start with the gift that keeps on giving, Republican Leslie Daigle's announcement in a freakishly long press release that fellow Newport Beach Councilman Rush Hill endorsed her.

First, I wanted to address Hill and his insistence to insert his connection with his former mentor and former boss, at one point saying, "Her instincts are consistently conservative, but her approach to problem solving is open, constructive, creative and collegial," and, "In that respect, she reminds me of the best qualities of Ronald Reagan."

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Wow, right? Are those shivers running through my body the end result of my month-long flu?

Hill then continues to discuss his own 2010 City Council run (an interesting thing to do in another person's Assembly race press release) and goes on to criticize Republican Party of Orange County Chairman Scott Baugh for backing Hill's opponent, Ed Reno.

I guess he gets so caught up in the Daigle-Reagan comparison that he forgot Reagan's 11th Commandment, "Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican."

Anyway, after Daigle's press release, very predictably, came Democrat Bob Rush's press release accusing everyone of being sleazy, although he did bring up a very interesting point that some members of the Newport council were cited by the California Fair Political Practices Commission.

In the past year, Daigle and Newport Beach City Councilmen Rush Hill and Steve Rosansky and Leslie Daigle have all been probed and issued FPPC letters of violation by the California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) for violating a state ethics law that bars officials from voting themselves onto paid boards or committees. The law has since been changed, mind you, but letters of violations were still issued under the old code, apparently violated unknowingly.

Endorsements can be tricky. The members of the Newport Beach City Council who have endorsed Daigle are Hill, Henn and Rosansky, but Daigle does not enjoy universal support.

Mayor Nancy Gardner, Mayor Pro Tem Keith Curry and Councilman Ed Selich — none of whom were cited or investigated by the FPPC — are not publicly backing her. They aren't backing her opponents — Rush or Assemblyman Allan Mansoor (R-Costa Mesa) — either for the matter.

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