Feb 222016
 

Why is it that the only endorsements he has gotten are the ritual endorsements inside of Orange County?

I have written ad-naseum about Scott Baugh’s own self-serving angle for running his part of the drill. But – it goes deeper. Most of the GOP organizations inside Orange County are shrinking and insular, their endorsements are pretty much pre-ordained. These are what Moorlach is left to rely on for support.

The CRA, a group that once wielded power in Orange County used to be Moorlach’s base of support, now it is scandal-ridden and aging.

The OCGOP has presided over a running 20+ year disaster where cities are turning blue and the number of Democrat Districts is increasing.

The handful of legislative endorsements John Moorlach have gotten are only those within Orange County – but where is Janet Nguyen, Pat Bates and Todd Spitzer?

They all served with John Moorlach on the board of supervisors and they all can’t stand him.

Every capitol staffer I have talked to in Sacramento Can’t stand John Moorlach.

As I have researched his record – I see a man who has served himself at the political altar and at the trough of big government and no one near him can stand him.

Perhaps this is why he (Moorlach) lacks the endorsement of a single fellow State Senator?

Not one of his colleagues has endorsed him. The above three OC Political figures appear to have been bludgeoned in to silence by Scott Baugh and the cadre of lemmings at the OC GOP Cent Com Meeting – but none stood up for Moorlach either.

There is a consistent theme John Moorlach is ineffective and he is not even a true conservative.

Steven Greenhut understood this in 2008, when he wrote that John Moorlach isn’t even recognizable as a conservative anymore.

When you add in Tim Clark, his Chief of Staff and Consultant, who is equally as reviled within the building… it gets even worse.

As I continue to write about John Moorlach, continue to ask yourself why those that know him best can’t stand him and then you will understand that those in Orange County either endorsed a position or a reputation.

Positions and Reputations get you a decrease in vote share from 68% to 56%. When you lose your message, you lose your soul and your appeal to voters.

There is a reason why Tim Clark is acting unhinged, he knows how vulnerable John Moorlach is. Like Scott Baugh, I am certain that Tim Clark’s personal nexus has been driving his bizarre actions as well.

The sad irony is that John Moorlach has a massive pension and a fat 401(k) account courtesy of the Orange County Taxpayers and is reputed to hate his job in Sacramento. Is it Tim Clark running for re-election or John Moorlach?

There are a lot of unresolved issues here, but what I am certain of is that there is cancer all over the OCGOP establishment and it has metastasized.

Feb 192016
 

The title sounds absurd, but this is Beth Gaines we are talking about.

I had written previously about Beth Gaines’ running for CA GOP National Committee Woman. Ms. Gaines has collected a few high profile endorsements within the ranks of the GOP for said run.

As recently as a few days ago, she was still telling people that she was thinking about running for the CA GOP National Committeewoman spot. This is classic Team Gaines behavior and is consistent with the sort of self-serving narcissism of the Gaines operation.

It would be absurd to think Beth Gaines would leave her $95k Government paycheck to run for an unpaid position within the CAGOP, but apparently she thinks there is some sort of advantage towards leaving people in suspense.

The CA GOP By-Laws are clear, you can’t hold partisan office and CA GOP office at the same time.

It would be easy to dismiss this absurdity – but as we also uncovered, Dave Titus who ran Beth Gaines’ office for years is no longer Beth Gaines’ Chief of Staff. In fact, as of the typing of this post, Beth still does not have a permanent replacement for Dave Titus. She did name Jeff Short her chief of staff, but many doubt the permanency of that.

Now, you really have to ask yourself if this is the behavior of someone planning on finishing their term…

… given that Beth Gaines has shopped for at least 4 offices to run for before “settling” on El Dorado County Supervisor, you can also safely draw the conclusion that she is loyal to exactly no constituency.

Feb 182016
 

John Moorlach raked in$237k in total value in his last few years of office. (In my home county, the total for a supervisor is about $85k).

$16k for 5 years of taxpayer money in to his 401 plan.

A 2.7% at 55 Pension – guaranteed by OC Taxpayers. Opposed efforts to cut said pension.

John Moorlach Supported and even proposed efforts to weaken term limits.

John Moorlach Supported onerous campaign finance laws to make it harder for challengers to take out incumbents.

With all that, John Moorlach did indeed vote to spike his pension.

On 7/31/2007 – Moorlach voted to bump up his Car Allowance, which counts toward his pension, nearly double his comp time from 90 to 170 hours and bump the taxpayer funded part of his 401(k) plan from 6 to 8%.

John Moorloch publicly railed against the free car, opting instead to take the car “allowance”. What a hypocrite!

This is deceptive because if Moorlach took the free car instead, the $765 a month he got from his car allowance would go away and thus, the according bump to his pension would as well.

In addition to this – Moorlach also receives a cash benefit of $4500. Not sure what it is for, but it is there and Moorlach cashed the check(s).

In addition, the county pays for Moorlach’s portion of the Pension Plan Costs… aka both ends.

Moorlach also received $6300+ for serving on the OCTA – the Orange County Transportation Authority. In my home county, the PCTPA is unpaid.

When you inventory all of this, it makes you wonder if fiscal conservatism stops at Moorlach’s own finances.

I bring up once again, Mr. Moorlach’s form 700’s that indicate little or no assets or income outside of the government. When you mix in the unbelievable pay and benefits and the office-shopping, you begin to wonder…

Meantime, a man with a far lower salary donates somewhere in the neighborhood of 300K to other Republicans and amasses a lifetime 93% CRA Score. Which one is more real? Which one is a man of the people?

Perhaps John Moorlach’s hypocricy is comfortable and familiar to those around him in Orange County?

John Moorlach’s massive haul at our expense kind of underlines the absurdity of the Moorlach Campaign Headquarters in his special election run existing on the grounds of an $8.5 Million Dollar spread on the Newport Coast…

Here’s how it works folks – if Wagner is a Conservative, his behavior related to his compensation has been consistent (he gets about half of Moorloch’s total package as an Assemblymember). If Wagner is some sort of RINO hack, then it pours Miracle Grow on the hypocrisy of Moorlach because Wagner’s government haul is a fraction of his while Moorlach raked it all in to the last penny.

Yikes. It looks like Don Wagner was, is and always will be on the right side of history.

Source: Voice of OC Column By NORBERTO SANTANA JR. | Posted: Friday, July 19, 2013 9:13 am + County Records.

Feb 152016
 

John Moolach’s massive compensation package was worth a total of $237,000. That’s what it was worth by the end of his term(s).

Pat Bates (you know, that RINO) and Shawn Nelson (Yes, that Shawn Nelson) REFUSED retirement payments by OC Taxpayers – but NOT John Moorlach!

Note that Pat Bates has a lousy lifetime 89% CRA Score herself?

John Moorloch also raked in $16k a year for at least 5 years in to his 401 retirement plan courtesy of you and I! In fact, Moorloch has been in elective office since 1995 and has not paid a dime in to his enormous pension! (which exists in addition to that 401 plan)

He must have one heck of a lifestyle to have to have a look at a Governor, Congress then a State Senate Run (aka a new job)… why not cash in that ghastly pension of 2.7% at 55 and call it a day? Heck, he’s got at least another $160k in his 401 plan, too. (to get the $80k out of the taxpayers, he had to contribute 80K of his own money to get the match)

Here is the potential Problem – Moorlach’s Form 700’s don’t list very much stuff at all. If you read Moorlach’s form 700’s you’d think that the government was his sole source of income.

John Moorlach did not opt out of the pension, claiming that staff made him enroll in it. That did not stop Shawn Nelson from dis-enrolling!

John Moorlach even OPPOSED Shawn Nelson’s Plan to reduce the retirement plan benefits that supervisors get paid?

Wait a minute, Moorlach Pension Good, Union Pension Bad? There goes Moorlach thinking again.

Is John Moorlach really a Fiscal Conservative? Please stop tossing Bricks inside that glass fiscal house.

This kind of  behavior is sure making Don Wagner look like the adult in the room. On President’s Day think about the writings of our founding fathers. Our system of government was created for ethical people, not for career politicians who seek to secure their financial future at our expense while talking fiscal restraint out of the other side of their mouth.

Source: Voice of OC Column By NORBERTO SANTANA JR. | Posted: Friday, July 19, 2013 9:13 am + County Records.