Anaheim in Wonderland: We’ll Have The Tait Slate, With A Side of Union Money

“If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn’t. And contrary wise, what is, it wouldn’t be. And what it wouldn’t be, it would. You see?”

       — The Mad Hatter

That pretty much sums up the state of Anaheim politics for the last several months, as the disagreement over the GardenWalk vote earlier this year has grown into a huge, seemingly permanent rift between otherwise natural council allies — and primarily to the benefit of Nick Berardino and the AMEA/OCEA, who have happily fanned the flames and exploited the rift.

The fruit can be seen around an Anaheim in the form of these campaign signs:


Look closely at the disclaimer on the bottom of the sign: “Paid for by Committee to Support John Leos for Anaheim City Council 2012 sponsored by the Orange County Employees Association.”

Crazy. A sign advertising a conservative Republican mayor’s candidate slate — comprised of a government union activist and a former councilmember who flipped to embrace a liberal, union sponsored initiative in order to get the mayor’s endorsement — and paid for by the same government union that is simultaneously spending huge sums to defeat Prop. 32 (paycheck protection) and the conservative majority on the Costa Mesa City Council.

“Alice laughed. ‘There’s no use trying,’ she said. ‘One can’t believe impossible things.’

‘I daresay you haven’t had much practice,’ said the Queen. ‘When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.

                 – Alice in Wonderland

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  1. These signs will have to be reported by OCEA as independent expenditures for Leos AND Kring.

  2. So what would Kring do…lie again to the Republicn Party that she would not accept money from unions?
    ……..since she took money from the police union at the same time she told the Rep Party endorsing committee that she wouldn’t take union money. They bought her lie…and endorsed her without checking it out. Hey Lucy, you got some ‘splaining to do…..

  3. The OC Republican Party should immediately denounce these two frauds and admonish Mayor Tait, it’s shameful.

  4. Tait and Kring are fully admiting to OCEA financial support for all the world to see. OCGOP should fully denounce Kring, Tait and Chuchua for their OCEA support (gate tax champion Chuchua is tied to the hip with Leos – was even his driver in the Fall Festival parade) – otherwise, they have lost all credibility on pledges against public employee support.

  5. Everyone talks about the GOP/Kring and the OCEA/Tait/Leos alliance but I am sorry the general population who is not reading this informative blog have no clue and the election is now days away! The news media need to do a story in a hurry and get the word out instead of the scurrilous attack mail we are being flooded with.

  6. People, this trio is THE PERFECT STORM.

    Think about it:

    During their last jaunt together as sitting councilmembers, Tait and Kring together voted to dramatically raise public pensions for city employees. Today, Anaheim tax payers are footing the bill for countless of former city employees that are getting at least $100,000 a year. Thanks Tom Tait and Lucille Kring!

    Now, Tait is dancing with Leos, a bonifide union hack, that can’t wait to get his hands in the cookie jar.

    He has already ruined our city’s reputation by cultivating the Tait/Galloway Riots, killing business confidence, destroying morale with our police force and encouraging gang violence. Now his union buddies want our kid’s piggy banks too – this is an outrage!

  7. America – you should be ashamed of the lies you are throwing out there in the blogosphere. Those riots were caused in part because nobody could get into the council chambers cause Murray had packed it with union hacks who were supporting her outrageous $158 million giveaway.

    • Matthew Cunningham

      “Those riots were caused in part because nobody could get into the council chambers cause Murray had packed it with union hacks who were supporting her outrageous $158 million giveaway.”

      Jeremy, what you’re saying is the people who got there early and got seats caused the riots. That’s ridiculous.

      The rioters caused the riots. Nobody else. To suggest otherwise is to dismiss the idea of being responsible for one’s own actions, and to endorse reacting to disappointment with violence.

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