Will divided GOP help Foley win?

THE SECOND SUPERVISORIAL District election in Orange County on March 9 has three prominent Republicans, but only one well-known Democrat. Will that allow Katrina Foley to win?

If you thought we were through with the sometimes exhausting process of elections for a while, you’re not quite out of the woods, yet. That is, if you live in the Second Supervisorial District of Orange County.

A special election will be held on March 9 to fill the vacant seat on the county board of supervisors recently vacated when Michelle Steel was elected to the 48th Congressional District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

The supervisorial district generally follows the coast. It starts in the Los Alamitos/Stanton area in the northwest of the county and then travels south through Seal Beach, Huntington Beach, Costa Mesa and Newport Beach.

There are five candidates in the race for the seat in this district in a non-partisan race. But political affiliation is indeed looming as a key factor in this race. There’s just one high profile Democrat – Costa Mesa Mayor Katrina Foley – in the contest in a Republican-plurality district, leaving three GOP hopefuls to potentially split the vote.

(The fifth candidate, Janet Rappaport of Corona del Mar, is a Democrat, but not well-known)

Former Orange County Supervisor John Moorlach is the “official” Republican choice, but Michael Vo (mayor of Fountain Valley) and Kevin Muldoon (Newport Beach councilmember) are other members of that party on the ballot.

Fred Whitaker, chair of the Republican Party of Orange County, has complained the Vo and Muldoon may allow Democrat Foley to win the election.

On Tuesday, the party issued a statement that read, in part, “We condemn the selfishness …” of the two and “They have let their egos be played by public service unions and political consultants all hoping to profit from this race.”

The RPOC praised two Huntington Beach councilmembers – Mike Posey and Erik Peterson ­ – for being officeholders who “sacrificed their ambitions for the greater conservative cause and governance in Orange County.”

It looks like an interesting election after all.

The Tribune scores on Rams … maybe

We don’t usually do much with sports here, but we do wish to point out that in his “Sports Monday”column, Pete Zarustica suggested that the Rams dump the inconsistent Jared Goff and go after Aaron Rodgers, the potentially available Green Bay Packer star.

AARON RODGERS coming to California? The OC Tribune and LA Times agree (OC Tribune file photo).

In today’s (Wednesday) Los Angeles Times columnist Bill Plaschke repeated almost exactly what Pete and The Trib suggested. Our headline read, “Now playing for the Rams …” with a photo of Aaron.

His column opened like this: “Now starting for the Los Angeles Rams … Aaron Rodgers?”

A coincidence? We think not. Or maybe it is. It’s nice to think that the largest news organization in California is taking hints from The Orange County Tribune.

On the other hand, like the idea of the Hall of Famer coming to Inglewood anytime soon, it’s probably just wishful thinking. But there’s nothing wrong with wishing.

“Usually Reliable Sources” appears every other week, alternating with Jim Tortolano’s “Retorts” column.



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