Appointed Irvine Council member Mike Carroll has decided to end his time as a NPP candidate and has re-registered as a Republican.
City Hall insiders tell TheLiberalOC the councilman was frustrated with a lack of support from Mayor Chirstina Shea and mayor Pro-Tem Anthony Kuo for not being a Republican and the move reflects a desire to push certain issues forward he was unable to as an NPP.
But is Carroll a NeverTrumper or one who loves the President?
And before the knives come out for Farrah Khan, because of her vote for an appointment over a costly special election, Carroll registering as a Republican with President Trump about to be impeached by the House of Representatives just makes him that much bigger of a target for motivated Democrats to oust him and Shea in the 2020 election. Now we know not to take Carroll at his word.
Democrats will have some strong candidates in Irvine for 2020. Melissa Fox would only run for re-election if Eugene Fields beats her for the number 2 spot in AD68 so with the right mix, three members of the city council could turn Irvine solidly blue in 2020, and with Khan is a safe seat, a 4-1 advantage is not out of the question.
If Shea’s on the ballot, I wouldn’t mind seeing former Mayor Sukhee Kang challenge her as he’s already thumped Shea once.