Allan Bartlett's June 2016 Primary Election Recomendations
So it's getting close to election time for the June primary and I thought I would put pen to paper to make sure my friends and followers know who to vote for. Being inside the belly of the beast in local OC politics since 2004, I've gotten to meet and interact with a lot of these candidates. I'm like a football scout. I have compiled a scouting report database in my mind of the good and bad qualities that all candidates bring to a race. I base most of my recommendations on voting record(if there is one), stated political philosophy, and temperament. So here it goes. This is a Republican ballot BTW.
President....no recommendation of current candidates on ballot. I'm writing in Senator Rand Paul.
US Senate....Tom Del Becarro
38th District....Ryan Downing
39th District....Ed Royce.
45th District....Mimi Walters. (Vast improvement over John Campbell. I don't agree with all her votes and wish she'd be more libertarian, but for now she gets my support. She actually gets around the district and listens.)
46th District....no recommendation(It was a big mistake for Lynn Schott to run for this office right after she got elected to the Irvine City Council.)
47th District....Andy Whallon. Great guy! the 47th would be extremely lucky to get the caliber of an Andy Whallon.
48th District....Dana Rohrabacher. The real battle for this seat will be in 2018.
49th District....Darrell Issa
29th District....Ling Ling Chang. Comes off as arrogant and had some bad votes, but a reluctant endorsement from me.
37th District....John Moorlach. John has been doing a great job since he got elected last year as a Senator.
55th District....Mike Spence. I've know Mike for years. Far and away the best choice for this open seat.
65th District....no recommendation(Assemblywoman Young Kim has had some really bad votes in her first term in Sacramento and is very arrogant. Not a good combo)
68th District....Steven Choi. Steven is frustrating at times, but he gets the nod over Harry Sidhu and Deb Pauly.
69th District....Ofelia Velarde Garcia
72nd District....no recommendation. Again Travis Allen has made some horrible votes in Sacramento and I can't recommend him in a primary. Lastly I'd ask Travis to please keep his shirt buttoned all the way up at events. Can't believe I even have to say that.
73rd District....Bill Brough. Highest recommendation. Bill earned every Republican's support with his actions the last term. So happy I was an early supporter of his.
74th District....Matthew Harper. Same for Matthew Harper. I was an early supporter of his. I thank god every day he will be our Assemblyman for the next 10 years and not Keith Curry.
Board of Supervisors
District 1....Andrew Do
District 3....no recommedation. Todd Spitzer is the incumbent, but I can't in good conscience recommend him. Numerous reasons suffice to say, but he will win re-election and then run for DA in 2018 which is a scary thought.
Board of EducationArea 1.....Robert Hammond
Area 3....Ken Williams
Area 4....Chris Norby
GOP Central Committee
Please do NOT vote for Jeff Lalloway in this district. The party does not need control freak dictators in any power positions. You could vote against him based purely on his horrible temperament alone, but he also tried to keep corrupt Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido in power at the AQMD over our great Lake Forest Mayor Dwight Robinson.
John W Briscoe
Peter Van Voorhis
Ballot Measure E(Irvine voters only)
Please vote NO on higher taxes. Measure would tax Irvine homeowners on average another $400/year. Yeah no thanks. Our schools need to do more with less and plan way better. Very disappointed in the school board on this.
Lastly on to judges. I never endorse judges because none of them have ever supported the concept of jury nullification when asked. I believe this is absolutely key against a tyrannical government. A judge should be required to inform the jury that they are allowed to judge not only the facts of the case, but the law as well. having said that, there is one judge you should absolutely NOT vote for. Scott Steiner is running for re-election for the 48th Superior Court seat. He was censured by the state bar for having sex in his chambers. Needless to say, please do not vote for this guy.
DISCLAIMER.....These are my own opinions only and don't necessarily reflect the views and opinions of others.