Irvine is back under Republican control but for those reading some of the other blog coverage out there, Tea Party candidate Lynn Schott will not be joinnig the city council. Steven Choi is the new mayor. Beth Krom retains her seat on the council. Christina Shea comes back to the council for her third go-around. Larry Agran retains his council seat and so does Jeff Lalloway who will certainly be made Mayor Pro Tem by Choi.
Katherine Daigle, who ran as a conservative, actually took votes away from Agran from independents, women and DTS voters. She had a credible showing. Sorry Scott Moxley, you got played.
When Irvine Republicans hoot about this city election, it’s pretty much all they have. Looks like both houses of the state legislature are going to Democratic supermajorities, President Obama won a huge mandate, Prop 30 won, Prop 32 lost…this changing of the guard in Irvine is pretty much all the GOP has. By 2014, Democrats will overtake Republicans in Irvine in terms of voter registration and the new Republican majority will only accelerate that.
While Choi may be elected Mayor, the real “Mayor” here is Lalloway who will continue to pull Choi’s puppet strings while watching his back for a Christina Shea ax that’s sure to fall before 2014.
I don’t anticipate the Great Park Board to change even with the addition of Shea; other members of the GP Board will likely continue supporting Beth Krom as chair and the Park’s construction will continue forward unless unduly delayed by Republican obstruction.
But watch for Lalloway and Choi to attempt to turn Irvine into Costa Mesa, distorting a fake pension crisis due to their negative position on public employee unions.
The bar is already set pretty high in Irvine. I doubt this team of second string Republicans can raise it. Irvine residents elected to cut of their nose to spite their face with this election. There’s talk of recruiting Sukhee Kang to run for Mayor in 2014 to set off a Korean-American slugfest where Kang is far more popular than Choi is.
But I have to thank Mr. Lalloway for giving me two years of anticipated material to write about. P.J. O’Rourke, a conservative columnist, wrote: “The Republicans are the party that says government doesn’t work and then they get elected and prove it.” I’m counting on the new Republican majority of chuckleheads to prove him right.
As far as respect for Irvine’s new leadership, this blog will give them the same amount of respect they showed to progressives here during the past 12 years.