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... More >>>