Diary of a Mad County

Nov. 15 - Nov. 21

Monday, Nov. 20
According to the Buzz column from The Orange County Register's Martin Wisckol, Democrat Lou Correa's lead over Republican Lynn Daucher has grown to 783 in their race for the 34th state Senate district seat. Daucher had this seat all but sewn up, at least that's what she and Republicans told everyone. On election night, flush with the kind of confidence that comes with a 13 vote lead in the race, Scott Baugh, head of the Orange County Republican Party, said, "The Democrats believe they own central Orange County, and they believe they own the ethnic voting block there. We know we will never concede that ground." Daucher was more direct, declaring that her campaign "showed how to win Mexican and Vietnamese votes . . . Bye-bye Loretta," that last bit intimating that she would go on to defeat Republican-killing Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez. Uh, Lynn, some advice. Before you start calling out a six-time Congresswoman, first make sure you can beat Otto Bade. It's Bade that Daucher and Republicans say really beat her. He's a conservative Republican candidate who they claim was propped up to siphon votes away from Daucher. As it stands, Bade—who, admit it, you're picturing right now in a Kaiser helmet—has 899 votes. Of course, Republicans have no one but themselves to blame since they pretty much pioneered this back in 1996 when in a race for a 1996 state Assembly seat they siphoned off votes from Democrat Linda Moulton-Patterson with decoy Democratic candidate Laurie Campbell. The beneficiary of that ruse? Scott Baugh.

Tuesday, Nov. 21
A shudder goes through the office as Rebecca Schoenkopfholds aloft a DVD, the cover of which reads Real Housewives of Orange County 2.

Nov. 20: Bye-bye, Lynn. Photo by Jennie Warren
Nov. 20: Bye-bye, Lynn. Photo by Jennie Warren

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