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GOP Takes Aim at 2 of Its Own in Lake Forest Race

Orange County's Republican Party spends thousands to influence the City Council vote.

It's Republican vs. Republican in traditionally conservative Lake Forest this election season, and the attacks have one candidate considering renouncing his membership.

So far, the Republican Party of Orange County has shelled out roughly $22,000 in the City Council race: $9,247 to defeat two of its own members, and nearly $13,000 to support two others, Adam Nick and Dwight Robinson.

According to documents filed with the Secretary of State, the OC GOP reported Oct. 17 expenditures of $6,472 each for Nick and Robinson.

One week later, the OC GOP reported spending $8,107 against incumbent Marcia Rudolph and $1,140 against candidate Terry Anderson:

All four candidates—the pair the GOP supports and the two it is spending money to defeat—identify as Republicans.

Anderson called the effort to oppose two Republicans "disappointing, twisted and insulting."

"It's disheartening enough that I'm strongly considering relinquishing my Republican party affiliation," he said.

He said no one from the party contacted him about his policies: "I'm really curious: Where did they get all this information about me?" 

A mailer authored by the GOP calls Anderson "too liberal" and a "City Hall insider."

Another GOP mailer slammed Rudolph, who has a congenital vision problem that prevents her from driving, for her quarterly travel expenses. She takes taxis to events, such as council meetings.

Rudolph said the opposition, even by her own party, did not phase her.

"They spelled my name right," Rudolph said. But she added: "They need to do a better job of vetting the people they support."

The OC GOP began endorsing local candidates fairly recently, Rudolph said: "I guess their processes are still a little ragged."

Myna B November 04, 2012 at 12:38 AM
I, too, am sick of these eyesore signs. The crews remove them, only to have new ones pop back up. Someone planted a Nick sign on my private property without permission. Now someone has stapled Anderson signs to two power poles, about 15 feet up in an effort to prevent removal, so that I cannot even enjoy the sunset view from my patio without having to endure this visual litter. They can be sure that they are not getting my vote, or the other four votes from my family members, because of this.
Lionel M. November 04, 2012 at 03:33 AM
Marcia Rudolph may call herself a Republican but it looks like she bought herself a spot on the "Democratic Voter Guide" where it says to "Vote Our Democratic Team" and then lists Marcia Rudolph. People may not know it but most of the "recommendations" and "endorsements" that appear in our mailboxes are paid for by the candidates. These are not independent endorsements by impartial organizations. These are paid ads. Even the Republican Party endorsement is not impartial. The endorsements are given to the big party supporters who gave the party money or services. Councilman Herzog endorses Anderson and Zechmeister because he can control them and use their votes to have the majorioty on the Council. Voigts is doing the same thing with Robinson and Nick. He needs their support to be in control. Neither Herzog nor Voigts is looking at anything else but who can they use to help themselves. In all the talk about endorsements, the only really independent endorsement was the one that came from the Orange County Register. Nobody paid them or bribed them or helped them. They took a long look at each of the candidates and made a decision. For what it's worth, they endorsed Gardner and Robinson. For what it's worth, I am voting for Gardner!
Dennis Fletcher November 04, 2012 at 04:00 AM
The recommendations by Jim Gardner are laudatory and would go far to providing a more responsive city government for its residents. I find his thinking much more in line with the average resident's needs here in Lake Forest and hope he will be able to press for their implementation if and when he joins our City Council. I will be voting for him. Dennis Fletcher Islamare Lane
Andromeda November 04, 2012 at 05:26 AM
But we have to give credit where credit it due. I see that the Lake Forest Council passed a tougher ordinance on graffiti taggers. Now in certain cases the City is holding parents of egregious taggers financially responsible for the the graffiti vandalism that defaces private and public properties. It's about time. Thank you, Lake Forest City Council. I commend you for this. "LAKE FOREST – The parent of a teen caught tagging at least 23 sites in the city with gang-related graffiti is on the hook for $15,000" http://www.ocregister.com/news/city-376654-graffiti-gang.html
Omolu November 04, 2012 at 05:12 PM
I had something more to add. While I think the attack on Rudolph was in poor taste, and I don't like the people they endorse, I agree 100% with the sentiment - Rudolph should retire. I saw her at the Forum. She could not hear the questions and she could not read them when they were given to her. She had trouble walking. Her health is obvious poor. She does not seem fit for the work of a Council. Rudolph hasn't had a new idea in the past 10 years. That's not unusual in this Council. I lived in other cities where the Council members were more intelligent and dynamic. This city seems to be led by the staff, not the Council. Rudolph's retirement will not leave a hole in the Council. Finally, Rudolph is taking money from people and then voting to give them favors and contracts. This is unacceptable to me, even if it isn't illegal.

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