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  • Wednesday, January 20, 2016

     

    Warrior takes on Party Establishment

    eLECTION Watch 2016

    a service of Orange Net News /O/N/N/


    OUSD Warrior takes on Local Political Establishment over endorsement of candidate

    OUSD Trustee Mark Wayland and family from Facebook
    Orange Unified Trustee and U.S. Marine Mark Wayland  continued in his warrior mode.

    After taking OUSD candidate Greg Salas to court (see below)  for false statements on Salas' ballot statement (and winning), Wayland is now taking on the local political establishment over their endorsement this week of Orange Unified Area 1 candidate Greg Salas.

    In a Tuesday January 19, 2016 posting on the official Orange County Republican Facebook page,  Wayland reacted to the establishment endorsement of Greg Salas.

    Wayland- a lifelong Republican- expressed similar frustration with the local party establishment politics that is now shaping  the national dialog in both parties in the 2016 Presidential Primary races of both parties.

    Wayland stating he is "disappointed in this endorsement" writes about the OUSD Area 1 contest between candidates Greg Salas and Andrea Yamasaki that:  "The differences between the two candidates could not be more stark. Just because someone puts an R next to their name, does not mean that they are the best candidate for the position."

    Wayland then admonishes the local political establishment: "Look to Washington if you need to be reminded. We have been completely sold out by the "Republicans" in the Senate and in Congress. How many of these turn coats got in to office because they had a R next to their name?"

    Wayland then takes personal responsibility for his vote to appoint Salas as the provisional trustee: "I take responsibility for my vote that led to the recall, because I did not do my job and completely vet the two candidates for the board. I regretted my vote almost immediately after I did it."

    The Trustee continues:
    "But I will not make the same mistake twice. I am asking the voters in the district to get informed, find out which candidate has dedicated most of their adult life in the service of others. The choice, unlike most elections, should be an easy one. Now it is up to all of you to do the right thing. You do not vote for an individual that did his best to mis-inform the voters on his candidate statement. We all need to put honest and ethical people into pubic office. This would be a good start."

    Comments to  Wayland's post in the Facebook comments was overwhelming positive from other Greater Orange Republicans who also took the establishment to task for the establishment endorsement of Salas (see link below).

    Also on January 19, 2012 Wayland released a press release on his successful court action against the false Salas ballot statement.

    The press release reads in part:
    Wayland said he believed that it was his duty as an elected OUSD Trustee to ensure that the March 1, 2016 election would be free of party politicking and political gamesmanship."

    Nothing is more sacred than the people’s right to vote,” he said. “The Orange County Registrar has a sworn duty to provide complete and accurate information in an official voter pamphlet.  My constituents have a right to know the facts in this election so that they can cast an informed vote — especially since they gathered over 3,600 registered signatures to terminate Mr. Salas’ provisional appointment and force the March 1 special election.”

    The press release also states:
    I believe that Mr. Salas’ original statement was misleading – and not just because he wrongly listed me as an endorser,” Wayland explained.  “But, perhaps more importantly, because Mr. Salas falsely implied that he was an experienced incumbent elected to the Orange Unified School District by the people.”

    Wayland added that voters needed to know that Mr. Salas was provisionally appointed, never elected, to fill the OUSD District One seat vacated by former Trustee Diane Singer late last year.

    “In fact, Mr. Salas served just 38 days and attended only two meetings before voters terminated his provisional appointment,” he explained.

    Below is the Tuesday January 19, 2016 posting, you may also see it on the official Facebook page-click on:



    Mark Wayland As a OUSD board member, and a life long Republican. I also am very disappointed in this endorsement. The differences between the two candidates could not be more stark. Just because someone puts an R next to their name, does not mean that they are the best candidate for the position. Look to Washington if you need to be reminded. We have been completely sold out by the "Republicans" in the senate and in congress. How many of these turn coats got in to office because they had a R next to their name? I take responsibility for my vote that led to the recall, because I did not do my job and completely vet the two candidates for the board. I regretted my vote almost immediately after I did it. But I will not make the same mistake twice. I am asking the voters in the district to get informed, find out which candidate has dedicated most of their adult life in the service of others. The choice, unlike most elections, should be an easy one. Now it is up to all of you to do the right thing. You do not vote for an individual that did his best to mis-inform the voters on his candidate statement. We all need to put honest and ethical people into pubic office. This would be a good start.

    Comments:
    Wayland didn't complain when the Republican Party endorsed him in 2008 and 2012.
     
    With all due respect, I am not a former Marine, I am and will always be a Marine.

    Once a Marine, Always a Marine: This truism is now the official motto of the Marine Corps League. The origin of the statement is credited to a gung-ho Marine Corps master sergeant, Paul Woyshner. During a barroom argument he shouted, "Once a Marine, always a Marine!" MSgt. Woyshner was right. Once the title "U.S. Marine" has been earned, it is retained. There are no ex-Marines or former-Marines. There are (1) active duty Marines, (2) retired Marines, (3) reserve Marines, and (4) Marine veterans. Nonetheless, once one has earned the title, he remains a Marine for life.
    Former Commandant of the Marine Corps:
    It’s Official. Once a Marine, Always a Marine!
    Posted by Sgt Grit Staff
    Photos (click on a photo to enlarge)
    The Commandant of the Marine Corps, General James F. Amos saluting


    Marines, listen up! The Commandant has spoken!!!! No more "former" Marines!!


    It begins with the Commandant's Priorities, then his Planning Guidance follow, and is in turn followed by some very important information, important to all of us. A quote from the Commandant, General James F. Amos:

    "A Marine is a Marine. I set that policy two weeks ago - there's no such thing as a former Marine. You're a Marine, just in a different uniform and you're in a different phase of your life. But you'll always be a Marine because you went to Parris Island, San Diego or the hills of Quantico. There's no such thing as a former Marine."

    The Commandant of the Marine Corps, General James F. Amos

    I expect the moderator to make the appropriate change.

    Mark Wayland, CPL, USMC
     
    A little confused as to why the OC Republican party is endorsing a candidate in a NON PARTISAN election. I am most concerned because the endorsement is made solely on the fact that he is a registered Republican and not based on any of his qualifications, or lack thereof, I stood before the OUSD School Board and asked them the same question, why are you choosing this candidate over a QUALIFIED candidate that is overwhelmingly supported by the community. It is clear that the only reason he is being endorsed is that he is a registered Republican. The only thing being a registered Republican makes him qualified to do is VOTE. Going forward, as a life long registered Republican myself, I will know that I cannot trust the OC Republican Party’s endorsement on ANY ballot measure and will make sure I question any and all endorsements made by this organization.

    I am wondering what in the world stood out to you regarding this candidate? Why did he receive your endorsement? Was it his lack of involvement in our community & schools, the fact that his temporary appointment to the OUSD School Board was NULLIFIED after 3,600 signatures were collected, the fact that he lied on his candidate statement and was taken to court and ordered to remove his numerous false statements (I guess he thought no one would call him out on his lies), the fact that if he hadn’t filed to run, there would not be a need to have an election of any kind, saving OUSD $500,000.

    Is this the kind person you support & endorse? This was a completely unnecessary endorsement by the OC Republican Party, it makes them look foolish to say the least.

     

    Thank you Trustee Wayland for the information on the etiquette of the Marine Corps.
    To ensure the proper verbiage, we consulted the following website and changed the first paragraph in our posting.

    As always, we thank you for your service to our country.

    Regards
    The ONN Staff
    link:
    http://www.foxnews.com/story/2007/06/28/retired-marines-should-be-called-former-enlisted-or-former-commissioned.html

     
    Re: hypocrite, Your right, I did not complain when I was endorsed by the party 7 years ago. I also had to go before a 5 member board and plead my case for the endorsement. It was not just handed out. I suggest before you start throwing stones, you get informed as to how things were done back then compared to how they are done today. But as you do not have the courage to put your name to your comment, I doubt very seriously you will do anything but complain.
    Mark Wayland.
     
    Mr. Wayland did not misrepresent his prior experience nor did he lie about endorsements. I think your user name, "Hypocrite", is Informative...
     
    Well said!
     
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