Best Republican

You don't have to agree with all of Allan Bartlett's stances to appreciate his principles. Unlike so many pathetic Orange County Republicans, Bartlett—a financial adviser, longtime member of the local party committee and a conservative blogger in Irvine—isn't a lemming who jumps to a salute at every lame dog whistle blown by the party's bosses. In other words, he uses his brain and isn't shy about saying, “Hell, no” when told to keep his mouth shut about the party's corrupt moves that reward a chosen few based on loyalty rather than competence or character. We didn't say having principles didn't come with a price; In June, feckless OC Republicans declined to vote Bartlett back to the GOP central committee.


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