Did Garden Grove Councilman Steve Jones Endorse Tom Daly or Jose Moreno for AD-69?
Posted by Chris Nguyen on September 18, 2012
Almost five months ago, the Tom Daly for Assembly campaign issued a press release called, “Four Garden Grove City Councilmembers Endorse Tom Daly for Assembly” (which you can still find on Daly’s web site, which we ran on OC Political, and which Liberal OC ran). You can also find Jones still listed in Daly’s endorsement list.
Jones sought the Republican Party of Orange County’s endorsement last night. Central Committee Member Tim Whitacre pulled Jones from consideration because Jones had endorsed Democrat Tom Daly (as the press release above indicated).
When questioned, Jones denied that he endorsed Daly (contradicting the press release above).
OC GOP Chairman Scott Baugh then asked if Jones had endorsed AD-69 Republican Candidate Jose “Joe” Moreno (not to be confused with Anaheim City School District Trustee Jose F. Moreno).
Jones said he had not but then immediately endorsed Moreno in front of the ~150 people in attendance at the OC GOP Central Committee meeting.
With Jones denying that he endorsed Daly and with him endorsing Moreno live, the Central Committee then had a unanimous voice vote to endorse Jones.
The discrepancy still needs to be resolved however. Was the Daly press release from the spring erroneous, and is Daly still erroneously listing Jones? Or did Jones flip his endorsement just last night? Has Jones contacted Daly to discuss the present status of his endorsement?