OC GOP's Apocalypse Now

The party's over for Republicans in Orange County and California

The answer to that depends, in part, on what happened in the Quirk-Silva race. According to Baugh, the local GOP wasn't in the lead position to aid Norby with financial resources or manage the effort. He claims he warned state party officials at least six weeks before the election that they could lose the seat.

"They sat on their hands for too long, and when they finally paid attention to the race, it was too late," he said. "There was complacency."

Though a startling mindset given the stakes, such a stance is somewhat explainable. Norby enjoyed the perks of incumbency (access to party resources and a sizable donor community), good public name recognition for his efforts to curb government eminent-domain abuses, better campaign experience from his years as a county supervisor and Fullerton councilman, and the loyal support of the popular Friends for Fullerton's Future blog. In the June primary election, he trounced Quirk-Silva by a whopping 18 percentage points.

But Norby also had behind-the-scene problems. "The Democrats took my race more seriously than the Republicans, and the public-employee unions outspent me three to one," he said, also blaming the local GOP of ignoring him for the presidential campaign and state propositions.

Several prominent, veteran California Republican officials explained reasons for the complacency but asked that their names not be used for this story in case Norby runs again and returns to Sacramento. Both basically said the same thing: Norby wasn't a team player and had unnecessarily alienated more than a few fellow Republicans.

"Chris has his good points," said one source who has known Norby for more than a decade. "But he also can be a weird, quirky guy whose personality is prickly. He didn't make a lot of friends up here, and I think there were some people in the party who didn't care if he returned. Party politics isn't always the most important factor. Sometimes, decisions are more personal."

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Quirk-Silva walked into a Panera Bread shop near Cal State Fullerton on a recent Sunday morning, and even though she is a rising superstar in California Democratic Party politics, nobody recognized her. Unlike some politicians, her ego wasn't wounded. There's no time for pettiness. The thrill of entering the state Assembly is "like returning to college," she said. "I'm in a new chapter in my life. There is so much to learn. It's exciting."

Born in Los Angeles in 1962, Quirk-Silva has lived in Fullerton since she was 2 years old. The mother of four earned a bachelor's degree from UCLA and has taught elementary school for more than two decades. A "big believer in a liberal education that teaches students how to communicate," she displayed a sign in her classroom that underscored her mentality: "Ask questions." She says she is following that commandment as she enters her first term.

Her rise to power wasn't an overnight feat. After years of local political activism for policies such as the DREAM Act, she parlayed her networking into a 2004 seat on an otherwise all-Republican, all-male, all-white city council. She won re-election four years later and was named mayor in 2011.

Given there are 34 cities in Orange County, it's not surprising that Quirk-Silva spent the majority of her public life in relative obscurity. That changed 18 months ago, when Fullerton police beat to death Kelly Thomas, an unarmed, 36-year-old, homeless, schizophrenic man. Unlike three members (all older white males) of the council, Quirk-Silva and Republican councilman Bruce Whitaker refused to downplay the gruesome killing or ignore the signs of corruption and mismanagement within the police department. 

In early 2012, with the advice and encouragement of Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (D-Anaheim), Quirk-Silva decided to challenge Norby, whom she saw as an ineffective representative more worried about libertarian, ideological pontifications than solving day-to-day problems for residents. She says that of about 90 bills Norby proposed, only two became laws. Last May, he won her scorn by labeling Title IX, a 1972 federal law mandating gender equality in college and high-school sports, as anti-male discrimination. Still, she knew she had an uphill battle.

"At first, nobody—not even Democrats—thought I had a chance to win," Quirk-Silva recalled.

Norby had a constituency. He told me he is proud of his three years in the legislature. He made "real difference in the abolition of redevelopment agencies—long a source of corporate-welfare and eminent-domain abuse." He wishes he could have done more to end the War on Drugs, which he calls "a costly war on people," and he noted his ideology is hardly out of touch. "Voluntary, consensual, nonviolent adult behavior of any kind should be decriminalized," Norby said.

But Quirk-Silva's campaign organizers made a critical, early gamble. They decided to save resources for the general election. The move wasn't without consequences. Immediately after the primary, some potential backers used her trouncing as reason to not contribute to a seemingly hopeless campaign. The law of unintended consequences also struck Norby. Donors were hesitant to give him contributions for the November contest because they didn't think he needed the money.

But, as campaign-finance disclosures at the California Secretary of State's office reveal, Quirk-Silva managed to outraise Norby at each pre-election reporting deadline. For example, from July 1 through Sept. 30, she raised $154,000; he raised $72,000. During the first 20 days of October, she collected $95,000—$64,000 more than he.

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thom2342003
thom2342003

5 poorest cities in America:  Miami, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Buffalo, Detroit...All run by...wait for it... DEMOCRATS!  Let's see how well California does now that the DEMOCRATS are a super-majority.

jesselatour
jesselatour

Nice, informative article.  I live in Fullerton and I've seen a lot of changes in the past couple years especially.  I welcome the change.  I think fithinblue is doing what is called "trolling".

chezvern
chezvern

"I was speaking at Los Amigos [after the election], and I used the term
'undocumented workers,' and people got upset with me," he said. "I
honestly didn't know that was an offensive term."

What a payaso.  Scott Baugh did NOT say 'undocumented workers' when he went to Los Amigos, that would not have upset anyone.  What he said of course was "illegals."  Whiney-ass panty-waist.

fithinblue
fithinblue

I know the exact family CISEN lineage that is controlling the amnesty what they call hamster wheel cycle too. So its my time as a 500th generation palladin to stop the dark one sided policy of Mexico in the USA. 

fithinblue
fithinblue

do you think the Republic would allow the Democrats to use CISEN and illegal criminal seat voter seed building without a counter with Democracy laws. The 20 million Democrat seat amnesty voter seats we have given as per law we get 20 million counter voter seats to be allowed in. Yes we do keep track of how they vote and what they say their are when they are given amnesty. And so we now can see where the heaviest concentration of Democrat amnesty grid building is and it is in California. So under my Republican fist leadership. I will dump the majority here in California to counter and spread across the boarder too. Orthodox Republicans. 

fithinblue
fithinblue

20 million legal Republicans will invade soon. As that is law 20 million illegal immigrants given amnesty over the last 50 years. So we get to use our 20 million boost when we want too and I am going boost with it now. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KIiUqfxFttM

fithinblue
fithinblue

oh no the pillow case heads watch out they are hear to lynch you over your race cause they have mexicans, spanish, africans in them but still oh no its not criminality its about race gustavo the pillow heads oh noooo

fithinblue
fithinblue

hahahahah who yooooooo CISEN hellooooooo

fithinblue
fithinblue

terrorists all of CISEN proxy agents are. 

fithinblue
fithinblue

like hamster in his take over cycle of america he calls them you whoooo gussy old boy

fithinblue
fithinblue

whoop whoopp whoop arses chan chany chaaaaan chaaaaaan 

fithinblue
fithinblue

chan chananistas chan chaaaaaaan Democracy balance kick arses fascist CISEN

fithinblue
fithinblue

If you want to kick CISEN arses join the Knights Templar Masonic institution to start the conspiracy I need the ranks to overflow with patriot US citizens against the CISEN take over of the USA. 

cynthia.curran8
cynthia.curran8

Basically, the GOP has problems with white voters in the county, its down, they could do better with white voters and win. Hispanics probably at the most only make up 20 percent of the voting and asians a around 15 percent since asians are more likely to be citizens. The OC GOP is dated as mention they admire Reagan who was responsible along with Ted Kennedy by changing deomgraphics. Reagan IRCA and Kennedy's chain migration. Personality, I don't see the county being more than 50 percent hispanic. Immirgation from Latin Countries will drop because of birth rates and a rising standard of living this will take time but San Diego has in the last few years recieved more legal immirgantion than Orange County which means immirgation is really less hispanic and more asian  or from other places.

fithinblue
fithinblue

The law of US migration policy would say either policy under foreign espionage counter to local espionage major builds up or legal one time flood which would be better as the criminal culture is still controlled by CISEN. That it would be completely legal as per 50 years of building illegally one sided Democrat party migrant grids. 

fithinblue
fithinblue

if you read the legal migrant laws. It is that for every one leftist the US has to have one rightist. But with the Mexican CISEN issue its all just pure Democrat grid building. 

fithinblue
fithinblue

in all reality the Republic needs to counter grid seed voter seats with family lineages. Where today Mexicans who come here and take world balance legal migrant seats that are young families that come from big families so they have five kids. The US citizens are being gridded out of culture jobs social propaganda and their own heritage. So the US Republican party needs to find those conservative droves of future seeded voters that have been forced out each year due to Mexican illegals take up the legal balanced migrant quota's and then properly say you know what this is an NSA issue when a culture comes here so much and their government and espionage says they desire to in the end take our lands from us through force. That we have to allow the Republic to pick herd like the Democrats allow CISEN To fund illegal industries for their one sided party building for over 50 years. 

fithinblue
fithinblue

where Colombia Italy and other foreign espionage grid movements created a balanced migration and balanced social grid building. CISEN just builds one sided party grids to take over. As the majority of CISEN espionage work has create a fascist country in Mexico. The majority of one sided Democrat rappers that use the projection systems get millions in narco product to subsidize their rap and make them seem cool to the kids the Mexicans use muscle, social propoganda and brain chemical subversion to build one sided grids. With the conservative flood one time. We could counter back to a 1950's style what is cool is car's family church and anti leftist coolness. Not this drug epidemic Rapper CISEN funded social style stuff. 

fithinblue
fithinblue

with a mass movement like that it is harder for CISEN Democrat brain chemical subversion to make them fear the Mexican espionage and muscle as they come here in droves they bring their conservative values of fighting and most countries do not have the epidemic of Mexican drugs and gangs as we do here. They have conservative church lives. They just want to come here to live in a bigger land and be able to make more money. 

fithinblue
fithinblue

what we need to do legally is what the Democrats did illegal which was during the cold war they built Chinese and Russian grids around Hollywood and studios so they could create future hollywood just easy jobs take over of the projection unit. So we have Czech, Polish, German, Indian, major conservative well known hard core religious voters that will vote Republican if it is seen we are the ones helping their people come here then counter build grids around Hollywood to retake the projection units and easy jobs. The republic could build a great case for an NSA push through military to open the flood gates to those loyal international Republican voter migrants that are not allowed in as the Mexicans are coming here illegally and taking their legal migrant chances. This then would counter grids and create counter conspiracies to build grids with conservative loyal bases. 

fithinblue
fithinblue

Currently today there are over 20 million legal conservative migrants that can't come to the USA legally. But each year millions of Democrat voters can just cross the boarder and come here to build grids and they keep our boarder porous and keep our grids filled with CISEN proxy warriors that muscle in their grids and voter seats for future presido wars. If the Conservative congress would flood the USA with a one time California directive of the legal conservative voters we would see the grid balance back out to a Democracy and not a Mexican style fascist 70 years worth of one sided political party building and over 50 years of one sided political party building in the USA by CISEN. 

fithinblue
fithinblue

CISEN users their drugs smuggling and criminal enterprises to prop up Democrats in their light grids that they invade. So the Republic needs to find a legal way or a NSA counter invasion to stop Mexico our neighbor with a directive to create guerrilla warfare grids to take over our lands to invade to stop the one sided racist 80% for over 50 years one sided illegal migration and amnesty policies we have here. 

chezvern
chezvern

@thom2342003 First thing I see as a sign is, California suddenly no longer has a deficit.

rscottmoxley
rscottmoxley topcommenter

@thom2342003 Democrats have largely been running CA for many years and, yes, now that they have a super-majority we're all watching what they will do with this new, enormous power. Grab too much and they'll risk losing their current position in 2014.

 
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