My campaign website is up. If you have not had a chance to see it, please go to http://www.moorlachforcongress.us/. Let me know what you think. And, if you can, please see if the contribution module is working properly. Any financial assistance that you can provide before the end of this year would be greatly appreciated.
The OC Register provided a brief update on the OC Congressional delegation in the first piece below, which I have abbreviated.
The second piece is from last week’s OC Register‘s "The Buzz" column and tries to stir the pot. How did I feel about the vote on the two-year budget? U.S. Rep. Tom McClintock did a good job of explaining the topic in http://www.flashreport.org/blog/2013/12/13/sequester-we-hardly-knew-ye/. It explains why I would probably have been a "no" vote on this one. But, it will be fun to dissect the Federal budget and provide some assistance to the House Republican leadership once I get there.
Two thoughts come to mind from "The Buzz" column. The first is that when I ran against Robert L. "Bob" Citron in 1994, it seemed that I was always debating his assistant, Matthew Raabe, in the press. Now I get to debate political consultant David Gilliard. This is about the second or third time he has gone after me. Why doesn’t his client do the heavy lifting? Which brings me to my second thought. Running for public office is daunting and this is the intimidation stage. As healthy as competition is, most candidates don’t like contested races. So they try to scare potential opponents off before the filing period closes, usually with high cash-on-hand balances and long lists of endorsements. And, these are very intimidating. But, trying to infer that you have something on a candidate, when you don’t have much at all, well, that can backfire. It certainly motivates me all the more to stay in this race. I want to thank Mimi Walters for retaining David Gilliard, as he continues to be a strong motivating force for me. His launching attacks on me is a very positive sign and I appreciate the Christmas gifts.
P.S. The trip to D.C. earlier this month was very productive and timely. On Wednesday, December 4th I enjoyed a very focused meeting with U.S. Rep. Dave Camp, Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. Chairman Camp’s District is just north of Detroit, Michigan, and Judge Rhodes had just ruled in support of Chapter 9 the day before. By Saturday, December 7th, The Wall Street Journal had an opinion piece by Steven Malanga that quoted me, on the very topic that was discussed. We can reform public employee pension plans at the Federal level, and my Certified Public Accountant and Certified Financial Planner credentials make me well suited for tax and pension reform. Happy New Year!
FIVE ORANGE COUNTY INCUMBENTS LOOKING TO KEEP CONGRESSIONAL SEATS
Representatives are building war chests, preparing campaigns for 2014 midterms.
By MATTHEW FLEMING, DAVID HOOD and ELIZABETH HELD
REGISTER WASHINGTON BUREAU
The congressional race for Republican Rep. John Campbell’s soon-to-be-vacated seat in Irvine is heating up, and the national congressional landscape is constantly changing, as scandals, primary challenges and retirements open the way for an interesting midterm election in 2014.
But for all the excitement, news from Orange County’s other five congressional races has been relatively quiet.
All incumbents or their campaign staff members told the Register they are running and all have been raising money, yet only one has held an announcement event.
Four Republican candidates are running for Campbell’s Irvine seat – state Sen. Mimi Walters, county Supervisor John Moorlach, investor Pat Maciariello and retired Marine Col. Greg Raths. No Democrat has filed.
Mud flies early in House race
Distinctions surface on the issue of fee and tax hikes in the race to replace Campbell.
If you’re looking for an early clue about whom you prefer among the four self-described fiscal conservatives running to replace retiring Rep. John Campbell, R-Irvine, then Thursday’s House budget vote might help.
State Sen. Mimi Walters was the sole candidate to say that, despite reservations, she supported the compromise.
Investor Pat Maciariello and retired Marine Col. Greg Raths said they would never support a measure that raised or extended taxes or fees, and the budget imposed a new airport security tax. Raths also was bothered by cuts to veterans’ pension benefits.
County Supervisor John Moorlach supported the pension reforms but said he was leaning toward opposing the budget, in part because of the new tax.
The issue of whether any new, increased or extended tax or fee is ever OK has become an issue in the race, with two of the candidates – Maciariello and Raths – criticizing Walters for a vote this year to extend smog-abatement and tire fees to fund environmental programs.
“She voted for a tax increase,” Maciariello said. “I will never vote for a tax increase.”
Five of the 11 Senate Republicans supported an early version of the measure, SB11. While Democrats had the two-thirds majority necessary to pass it, the GOP members signed on to help ensure that regulatory relief for some autorelated businesses was included. When that relief was stripped from the measure and it returned to the Senate as AB8, Walters voted against it.
“I am a fiscal conservative, but you have to take each issue as it comes,” Walters said. “It was going to pass anyway and it was a much better deal with bipartisan support. That’s the only thing they can complain about me for. This is one vote in nine years in the Legislature.”
Moorlach also has found himself the target of mud-flicking.
Earlier this month, Moorlach was in Washington on the taxpayers’ dime to lobby for a bipartisan pension reform bill. Thanks to a tip from Walters’ consultant Dave Gilliard, I learned that he met with the Club for Growth and Americans for Tax Reform to seek their support for his House bid while he was there. That rubbed Gilliard, Maciariello and Raths the wrong way.
“I don’t have the luxury of having the county pay for me to go to Washington so I can meet with campaign-related people,” Raths said.
Moorlach defended the meetings.
“I was booked solid with county business,” he said. “I had a couple breaks and I took advantage of the breaks to meet with certain people. There’s always going to be some dead spots on the itinerary. Am I supposed to sit in the hotel room? Not go to the Smithsonian?”