The Mission Viejo Dispatch reports that the Saddleback Republican Assembly has voted to endorse the recall of Mission Viejo Mayor Pro Tem Lance MacLean. "But wait!" you, faithful Navel Gazing reader, pleads. "Didn't they already do this?"
Yeah, back in Febuary, the SRA--a sanctioned branch of the state Republican party--called for MacLean to resign shortly after he was presented a petition expressing a desire the behalf of more than 50 citizens to see him recalled for office. Then, they called for MacLean, whom they endorsed in 2002, to step down.
Now, by a unanimous vote, they've published a resolution saying MacLean should have resigned then and should be voted out of office now. That original petition turned into a signature drive with more than 10,000 Mission Viejo voters supporting the idea of a recall election.
The city council will vote tonight to finalize Feb. 2, 2010 as the date for the special election (nine months before MacLean would be up for reelection anyway). Last meeting, when the recall came up, MacLean spent a few minutes defending himself from behind the dais and ended up referring to his fellow councilman John Paul Ledesma as "John Paul Lobotomy."
Full text of the resolution below.
Saddleback Republican Assembly holds Councilman Lance MacLean accountable for his broken promises, failed leadership and abandonment of the conservative Republican principles he espoused during his 2002 campaign for office. When presented with notice he was being recalled, he should have resigned to save the expense of recalling him.
WHEREAS, Lance MacLean authored, promoted and sponsored Measure K, a tax increase, after promising no tax increases, and
WHEREAS, Lance MacLean posed as a fiscal conservative but doubled his council stipend and bestowed lifetime medical benefits on council members at
taxpayer expense after three terms of part-time service, and
WHEREAS, Lance MacLean exhibited financial mismanagement by voting for budget items leading to $11.8-million in deficit spending last year, and
WHEREAS, Lance MacLean falsely promised to relieve traffic congestion but approved housing projects bringing in more congestion and overcrowding, and
WHEREAS, Lance MacLean said he upheld SRA values but was charged with assault and battery on a co-worker, and he lied to a reporter to hide his identity, and
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WHEREAS, Lance MacLean promised to represent his constituents but turned against and maligned them, calling them racists and elitists in the L.A. Times, and
WHEREAS, Lance MacLean has fully revealed his true nature as a big-government bureaucrat who promotes social engineering and supports Redevelopment after denouncing it when he requested SRA's endorsement,
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that Mission Viejo Councilman Lance MacLean employed deception to receive SRA's endorsement in 2002. The voters of Mission Viejo should now remove Councilman Lance MacLean from office in a recall election. Saddleback Republican Assembly Board of Directors and its Membership unanimously endorse the recall of Councilman Lance MacLean.
/s/ Matt Corrigan, President, Saddleback Republican Assembly