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Best Political Coup Orange County 2008 - John Moorlach and the Appointment of Sandra Hutchens

Remember how the U.S. Olympic hockey team emerged from certain defeat and beat the Russians in 1980? Well, almost as exciting was this year's Hall of Administration miracle pulled off by John Moorlach, the Christian, conservative chairman of Orange County's Board of Supervisors. Less than 24 hours before the June 3 board vote to name a replacement for indicted ex-Sheriff Mike Carona, Moorlach was down 4-1, with the majority favoring Paul Walters. By conventional wisdom, the veteran Santa Ana police chief had solid votes from Supervisors Bill Campbell and Chris Norby and needed only one additional vote from either of the two other supervisors—both of whom had expressed admiration for him. During weeks of discussion about the selection, a visibly annoyed Norby repeatedly pressed Moorlach for an early vote, confident that his choice had the three necessary votes. All that seemed left was for a tailor to fit Walters for his new uniform at the almost-$800 million-per-year department. But Moorlach helped stall the process for several weeks and . . . something . . . nobody's been able to decipher it completely . . . happened that left Campbell, Norby and Walters nearly gasping for air. When the board voted, Moorlach led a stunning 3-2 majority, with Supervisors Janet Nguyen and Pat Bates. The trio gave the county's most powerful job to underdog candidate Sandra Hutchens, a retired Los Angeles County Sheriff's chief.

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Ami
Ami

Hmm.. Sounds like poor Debora is one of those Kidnapping, lying, cheating baby snatching, unlawful, family destroying, and sometimes BABY KILLERS - Social Workers. Ya know the kind that don't even need a license to STEAL children from their homes without a warrant, as our constitution states. Social Worker, that feels they are above the law and can destroy a family pulling down the police to help them. Guess what, even the Police don't even agree with the Social Workers!Firemen, nope, they don't either. Social Workers DON'T DESERVE Benefits! They deserve PRISON!

Debora
Debora

John Moorlach is a lying sack of shite. He constantly panders to the public by putting down hard-working social workers, firemen, sherriffs, and other county workers. He lies about their compensation while it is his compensation and perks that should be questioned. Yes, we have a pension plan but WE PAY DEARLY FOR IT WHILE HE DOES NOT! I pay over $800 a month for my pension! He hires extremely biased consultants to spread propaganda about our benefits. The truth is he is just an opportunist pandering to public hatred of government. We work hard and we deserve a middle-class living. He and other management earn the big bucks and perks. They don't pay for their retirement as we do! People like him would love to profit from kicking government workers while they profit from their cushy political jobs.

tonysoprano50
tonysoprano50

GOOD ONE. READ THE ARTICLE ON OCWATCHDOG.COM ABOUT HOW SAN DIEGO ATTORNEY SHAWN MCMILLAN SUED ORANGE COUNTY SOCIAL SERVICES ON BEHALF OF DEANNA FOGARTY-HARDWICK AND WON 10.6 MILLION DOLLARS BECAUSE SOCIAL WORKERS LIED TO KIDNAP HER CHILDREN. NOW READ ABOUT HOW SOCIAL WORKERS ARE BEING POISONED BY GAS AT THE 800 N. ECKOFF OFFICES IN ORANGE, CA 92804. NOW THAT'S JUSTICE. THE ARTICLE IS ON THE VOICE OF OC.COM

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