Thursday, May 17, 2012

'Little Boys Playing Politics': O.C. GOP Establishment Smears Villa Park Councilwoman Deborah Pauly

I saw this first at the Los Angeles Times, "Mailer with George Wallace image backs O.C. supervisor hopeful."

This is the first I've heard about it, but I'm on Pauly's mailing list and she's denounced the controversy as juvenile politics:

The good ole boys are up to their bag of tricks. They look more like "little boys" playing badly on their political playground.

Instead of the above silliness, let's talk policy. When Todd Spitzer was on the Board of Supervisors (1996-2002), he enabled the criminal behavior of corrupt county sheriff.

"It's time to get away from politics that attempt character assassination rather than offering solutions. Deborah Pauly cares about the issues and the people. There Isn't a better candidate for Supervisor."

- John Beauman, Former Mayor of Brea

Expect Success in 2012!
Deborah Pauly
That second link goes to the Orange County Register, "George Wallace mailer for Pauly draws complaint":
Back in 1967, when Gov.  George Wallace of Alabama was running for president on the American Independent Party ticket, Robert Walters was his California campaign manager.

Today, Walters lives in Orange. Last month, he mailed a letter on “Wallace for President” letterhead to 7,900 registered American Independent voters, asking them to support Deborah Pauly in her candidacy for the 3rd District seat on the county’s Board of Supervisors.

Wallace, who called for “segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever,” famously stood in the doorway of the University of Alabama in 1963 in a symbolic attempt at  preventing two black students from trying to enroll. Walters, then a UCLA student, wrote a book defending segregation, which he self-published two years later after failing to find a publisher.

In his letter to voters, Walters notes that Pauly condemned two Muslim speakers outside a Yorba Linda fundraiser where the two speakers were appearing in February 2011, then adds “We need Deborah Pauly and her brand of hard core limited government, fiscally-conservative positions on the County Board of Supervisors.”

In an interview, Walters said the $3,600 cost of printing and mailing the letter was paid by himself, his wife and his daughter.
“I was moved by her commitment to standing up for what I think are the right causes, so I thought I’d help her,” Walters said.  ”She didn’t ask me to do it.”

He said Pauly knew about the mailer only because he sent her a courtesy copy. “Otherwise, she never would have seen it,” he said.

Campaign finance watchdog Shirley Grindle on Monday filed a complaint with the state’s Fair Political Practices Commission because Walters did not form a donor committee before doing the mailing. Also, the envelope doesn’t state who paid for the mailing, Grindle wrote in her complaint.

Walters said he didn’t know about those requirements before he sent the letter, but is in the process of forming a committee.

Todd Spitzer, Pauly’s opponent in the supervisor race, brought the mailing to the attention of Grindle and Total Buzz.

Scott Baugh, chairman of the O.C. Republican party and a supporter of Spitzer, said of Pauly, “It’s not surprising to me that somebody who defended a racist email depicting the president as a monkey would also associate with a known segregationist.”
Pauly is a national patriot. She was in the news last year after being attacked by the Hamas-linked unindicted co-conspirator CAIR (Council on American–Islamic Relations) after she spoke out against Islamists Imam Siraj Wahhaj and Amir Abdel Malik AliAli, who headlined a fundraiser in Yorba Linda. See, "U.S. flags, signs at protest of Muslim event," and "Video: Councilwoman condemns Muslim speakers."

I'll likely be giving the Spitzer campaign a call later to tell them to knock it off. Pauly's right: This is a despicable and supremely juvenile political attack. Voters in the O.C. deserve better.