Scott Baugh: The Manchurian Party Chairman?

[Moxley Confidential] Are Republican insiders mad enough at Baugh to vote in an outsider to replace him?

The role of the Orange County Republican Party should be obvious: elect Republicans, not Democrats or independents, to public office. For the dense, the objective is even spelled out in the party’s central-committee bylaws. But at some point during his six years as party boss, Scott R. Baugh apparently decided the mission was to elect only Republicans who had pledged loyalty to him. The result hasn’t just wounded the party’s effectiveness. It has also diminished Baugh’s own standing with alarmed local GOP activists who are demanding reforms—or his departure.

Scott Baugh talks a good game, and he can be a really nice guy, but the bottom line is that he has become too arrogant over the years,” says one veteran central-committee member who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisal. “He has essentially replaced loyalty to the Republican party and its great principles with personal loyalty to him. He’s gotten rich working as a government lobbyist for hire to the highest bidder, for gosh sakes. It stinks.”

Alarm over the powerful OC party’s course has prompted longtime party activist and Tea Party enthusiast Tim Whitacre, a former U.S. Marine with solid conservative credentials, to announce he will challenge Baugh for the top slot in the central committee’s Jan. 17 election for officers.

“I’m running because I want central-committee members to finally have a choice of candidates for chairman,” says Whitacre, who led the 2003 recall of lefty Santa Ana school-board official Nativo Lopez. “The way I see it, this election isn’t about me or Scott. My candidacy is all about getting us to discuss reforming the way our party operates. Right now, we could be doing better to help elect Republicans.”

Baugh—a graduate of Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University in Virginia and a glad-handing government lobbyist who has cashed in on his undeniable political influence since leaving the state assembly a decade ago—first grabbed the chairmanship in 2004 after Tom Fuentes served in the role for 20 years. His admirers say he has done a decent job raising money and occasionally settling disputes among party members. He is certainly favored to win a fourth term as GOP boss because of support from establishment heavyweights such as Michael J. Schroeder, Dana Rohrabacher, Jon Fleischman and Mark Bucher.

In recent years, however, there has been mounting internal dissatisfaction with what some consider Baugh’s cutthroat management style; his backing of disgraced Sheriff Mike Carona long after it was clear Carona was morally deficient; his odd refusal to obey party bylaws calling for regular independent audits of party finances; his close association with Jeffrey Nielsen, a relentless pedophile who targeted seventh- and eighth-grade boys; his ties to a suspicious, $5,100-per-week county lobbying contract; the local party’s dwindling voter-registration numbers; and the party’s purchase of a headquarters in Tustin. Indeed, under Baugh’s watch, a near-Armageddon occurred in a place once proudly hailed as “Reagan Country”: Barack Obama, a liberal Chicago Democrat, did exceptionally well here in the 2008 elections, with nearly 48 percent of the vote.

But the event that has angered GOP activists most is the recent debacle in Irvine. Larry Agran, the county’s most ideologically liberal elected Democrat, can thank Baugh for his November re-election. That’s right: Remarkably, Baugh took steps that aided Agran’s campaign to retain control of the city and thus its Great Park Corp., which doles out $1.6 billion in contracts in the county’s largest, most controversial pending public-works project.

Let’s step back for a moment. Elections are always about elementary math. A winning candidate receives at least one more vote than another. This concept is also simple when it comes to winning control of a city council. Irvine has a five-seat council. Therefore, the party that wins at least three seats gets power.

With conservatives energized, the last election could have been historic for the GOP in Irvine. Baugh’s party had the chance to add two seats to the one occupied by Steven Choi, a Republican who wasn’t yet up for re-election. Two more Republicans would translate directly as the end of Agran’s controversial, decade-long reign. Likewise, as even a moron could figure out, running only one Republican candidate would guarantee failure.

So what did Baugh do? He not only voted to endorse just one Republican candidate, Jeffrey Lalloway, according to multiple sources, but he also vigorously lobbied against the party sharing its endorsement and valuable resources with the second Republican candidate, Lynn Schott. A Lalloway victory without Schott guaranteed the 11th and 12th consecutive years of Agran rule.

Red County blog, which shamelessly shills for Baugh (as well as notorious pedophile priests and the clergy who protect them), went into knee-jerk protective mode and has ridiculed those Republicans who have expressed frustration with the party boss. For example, Whitacre is a grenade tosser, a loser, a man driven by delusions of “grandiosity” who is prone to “undefined blather,” according to the blog. Yet, translated into criminal terms, fair observers know Baugh’s action constituted knowing and willful sabotage of not only Schott, but also the party’s interests.

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Jublesballs

Baugh is tied to the him with Jon Fleishman. Fleishman - Carona employee. Fleishman - Tom Fuentes trainee. Fleishman - where did the GOP money go? So Baugh teams up in business with the credible Jon fleishman. Ask Baugh how he pays employees? Is it true with Credit Cards? Is Baugh and Fleishman doing work on the problematic Irvine Great Park? Are they collecting money for work? Is Baugh using his GOP position for financial gain? Did Fleishman lie to the investors who put up the money for his Flash Report email crucifier blast and then the investors are not owners? Did Fleishman tell everyone to vote for onlty OC people running for office and no one outside of OC? He lost that one! Did Fleishmans underling, Brandon Powers of the Young Republicans and FORMER Chief of Staff to Assemblyman Jeff Miller (was that a payback for not supporting him in his run??) send the Mike Duvall tapes to all the media? Fleishman who chose to Embarrass the GOP, not seek appropriate hand slapping but instead attack Mike Duvall for terminating Fleishmans wife as an employee? Scott Baugh - Jon Fleishman and the GOP. No wonder our Govt is so messed up.

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Gosh, things don’t change much in OC Republicanville. Twenty-five years ago, when Baugh’s predecessor, Tom Fuentes, commenced his gig as county party chair (it ended in 2004), some party regulars had misgivings about Fuentes that sound awfully familiar:

"I admire Tom very, very much. Obviously I wish him well—and I worry about him," [four-term OC GOP Chair Lois] Lundberg said. "I don't mean this the way it sounds, but I think even my enemies would have to say that I did not lean, or let any segment take over or become dominant. I've had a 20-year history of politics in Orange County, where I've seen the right wing fight the left wing, and the moderates fight each of them, and they all fight each other, and the party go down the drain."

See:http://articles.latimes.com/19...

In an article by written in 1996, Times Political writer Dexter Filkins layed out Fuentes’ reputation after eleven years:

Fuentes' hard-line conservative philosophy, and the rough, aggressive style in which he carries it out, has left a trail of disillusioned Republicans. And his practice of favoring some Republicans over others—before the voters have spoken—threatens to open a rift in the party he commands.. . .In his drive to reduce the Democrats to political irrelevance, Fuentes has often taken on the role of GOP kingmaker.

The list of people who accuse Fuentes of trying to arm-twist them into abandoning bids for public office includes a host of loyal Republicans: Assemblywoman Marilyn C. Brewer (R-Irvine), former Newport Beach Mayor Evelyn R. Hart, former Superior Court Judge Judith Ryan and management consultant Nathan Rosenberg.

All of them, at one time or another, sought the Republican nomination for public office. None heeded Fuentes' advice, but only Brewer won the nomination.

"He said my business would be ruined, and that my husband's business would be ruined," said Ryan, a challenger to U.S. Rep. Robert K. Dornan for his seat in 1992. "I was taken aback.". . .Fuentes' actions would seem to contradict his repeated assertions that the GOP hierarchy does not get involved in Republican races until after the party primary—an assertion that even a majority of county Republicans finds unbelievable, according to a Times Orange County Poll.

"I told him I thought he was stepping out of his role," said Rosenberg, a founding member of the Orange County Young Republicans who challenged incumbent Robert E. Badham for Congress in 1988.

From “Guiding with an Iron Hand”

http://articles.latimes.com/19...

Matthew Cunningham
Matthew Cunningham

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You would know best about that, would'nt you JUBAL!

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OctoberSurprise
OctoberSurprise

This looks like a power struggle to me -- not some heinous wrong by Baugh. He seems to be doing a good job on almost all counts. If the folks in Irvine want more Republicans on their council, they need to come up with better candidates who are well known in the community and have shown enough leadership and intelligence to get the average person's vote. How many people who are so concerned about Irvine live there? I don't live in Irvine, so I don't think it's my business who their residents elect.

Frederick Rabbit
Frederick Rabbit

The way Scott Baugh has treated good Republicans like Lynn Schott is disgraceful. Tim Whitacre can fix this mess.

 
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