What on Earth is Jeff Lalloway Thinking?
Posted by Brenda McCune on November 5, 2015
Newly-elected California Republican Party Vice Chairman South Jeff Lalloway, who is also OC GOP Treasurer, is learning what a real Republican has to do. Tonight, Orange County cities will select a City Councilmember to represent OC’s interests on the South Coast Air Quality Management District – one of the most powerful and draconian unelected agencies in the state. They’ve put numerous companies out of business with fines and last year they banned wood burning fire rings on LA and OC’s beaches.
Lalloway was Irvine’s representative to the City Selection Committee voting on the AQMD position. State GOP Chairman Jim Brulte has publicly stated the importance of appointing a Republican to the AQMD.
Lalloway signaled his support for Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido, a liberal Democrat with ties to Hillary Clinton. Worse than that, just a few months ago, the FPPC found that Pulido committed six violations of the Political Reform Act involving a land deal with a city contractor. Not only that, Pulido even appointed his brother to be his consultant/assistant at AQMD.
We can only hope that GOP leaders take Lalloway to the woodshed.
Irvine Mayor Steven Choi, currently a 68th Assembly District candidate, may have saved the day by pulling Lalloway off the City Selection Committee and replacing him with long-time conservative Councilwoman Christina Shea.
The businesses and residents of Orange County owe Choi and Shea a debt of gratitude for their role in ending Pulido’s reign at AQMD.
Lalloway, known for his rattlesnake personality, sent this nastygram of an email to Choi:
I will be pulling my endorsement of you and supporting another candidate in your assembly race. As a matter of fact, I will be doing everything I can to make sure you lose in every race you ever run again. Say goodbye to your political career.
All Choi had written before Lalloway’s completely over the top response was:
I must withdraw my email to you earlier for you to attend the Selection Committee meeting on November 5th.
I have asked Christina Shea to represent me who will be voting in my place according to my direction.
Thank you for your understanding.
What Republican would want Lalloway’s endorsement after this mess?