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Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Republican leaders abandon schools
Orange County Republican leaders abandon public schools and refuse to endorse OUSD's Ledesma and Surridge
The OCPolitical blog reported live on the 2nd Round endorsements from the Orange County Republican Party Central Committee meeting on Monday September 15.
In a show of ideological purism, the OC Republican Central Committee not only refused to endorse public school bond measures across
but recommended voting against the public school measures. Orange County-
Without offering an alternative way to rebuilding the public school infrastructure across Orange County after decades of neglect, the OC Republican Central Committee members voted to endorse "no" votes on Fullerton Joint Union High School District's Measure I; Anaheim Union High School District's Measure H; North Orange County Community College District's Measure J; and Orange Unified School District's Measure K.
Orange Unified Trustees Rick Ledesma and Timothy Surridge were recommended for the party endorsement by Orange Mayor Pro Tem Fred Whitaker and Orange City Councilman Denis Bilodeau. However, according to the OCPolitical Blog, the two trustees came under attack from Villa Park Councilwomen Deborah Pauly who claimed the two trustees ( who had voted for the Bond election) had promised her that they would vote against putting Measure K on the ballot.
In the end, a Central Committee voice vote failed to meet the 2/3 majority needed for the endorsements and the two failed to gain the parties endorsement. (Click on: OCP )
At the August 18 OC Republican Endorsement Committee Pauly also tried to prevent Whitaker from being endorsed. Pauly pointed to Whitaker's support of democrat Tita Smith for Orange Mayor. According to the OCPolitical blog, Pauly accused Whitaker of contributing to Smith's campaign and having a Smith for Mayor sign in his front yard. In
local races are non-partisan. Whitaker received the committee's endorsement. (Click on AUG 18 OCR) California