Is Don Wagner the right choice for State Senate?

Assemblyman Donald P. Wagner officially announced yesterday that he’ll be running for the 37th State Senate district, being vacated by Congresswoman-elect Mimi Walters. This wasn’t a surprise to most local political observers.

Geographically, the 37th Senate district is one of the largest local State Senate districts, covering over a third of the County. Cities in the 37th include: Huntington Beach, Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, Irvine, Tustin, Orange, East Anaheim, Villa Park, Lake Forest, Foothill Ranch, Laguna Beach, and Laguna Woods. This district is a very conservative one, with a GOP registration of around 50%. Folks in the 37th deserve representation that reflects their views on the issues they care about!

Donald Wagner’s announcement to run for this seat, might cause some to have hesitation considering his views on illegal immigration. To be fair, generally speaking, Wagner’s record in the Assembly happens to be a fairly conservative one, particularly on fiscal matters.

However, a key aspect to his record that needs to be highlighted in light of his announcement to run, is his openness to amnesty, as evidenced by a controversial letter that he signed addressed to members of Congress from late last year! You may remember, Wagner was one of two local Assemblymen out of a total of 15 Legislators statewide who were signatories to a letter encouraging Congress to pass an amnesty bill. I’ve pasted that letter below! The letter has never received too much media attention, but has no doubt been a very hot topic with local activists and with many members of the Tea Party grassroots in Orange County!

Assemblyman Wagner has never denounced or taken-back his involvement in the letter and there really isn’t too much evidence to conclude that Wagner won’t be as supportive of so-called comprehensive immigration reform in the State Senate, as he was in the letter while serving in the Assembly!

As many know, the California GOP, just like the national party, has largely caved on the issue of enforcing our immigration laws and pressure has mounted from the big business lobby, the agricultural industry, labor unions, and corporate interests in favoring some sort of amnesty! These special interest donors and entities are pushing the GOP to pass an amnesty with very little regard for the rule of law, our national sovereignty, or the detrimental effects that amnesty will have on our economy!

I sincerely hope that if Donald Wagner is elected to the State Senate that we will have learned his lesson on this issue and that the tremendous blow back that he received this year over the letter will influence his decisions going forward in the State Senate. One thing is certain, Don Wagner will receive much more scrutiny from the grassroots and his voting record will be closely watched, regardless if he serves in the State Senate, or finishes out his term in the Assembly! I would hope the good folks in the 37th take the amnesty letter to account when deciding who to vote for in this upcoming special election, set to be announced soon by the Governor.

I would also hope that Orange County voters don’t just rubber stamp another GOP politician whose turn it is for the next elected office. As we all know, the County GOP tries to engineer our elections by putting certain folks forward that are perceived to be next in line! A good example of that would be when Mimi Walters announced her decision to run for John Campbell’s Congressional seat the very day that Campbell announced his retirement! Also that very week, almost every single GOP politician in the County jumped on the bandwagon to endorse her!  Walters was next in line and there wasn’t even an ounce of regard as to who else might want to run, or if another candidate might be a better choice for that district!

The bottom line is that voters deserve to make that choice, not party bosses like Scott Baugh, and voters deserve to have full-rounded conservative candidates to choose from! Perhaps a conservative candidate or two will throw their hats in the ring in this race and deny the local GOP a chance at securing a Don Wagner coronation! That may be wishful thinking on my part!

Assuming they can legally run and assuming they want to run, I would love to see local conservatives like John Moorlach, Derek Reeve, Robert Ming, or Deborah Pauly consider running for this seat! I don’t know how realistic it is, considering at least one of these folks just lost an election to Supervisor and another was just re-elected to city council, but it would be nice to give voters in this district a real choice!

Having more full-rounded conservative choices in this upcoming special election would keep voters from having to violate their consciences by forcing them to vote for a candidate who clearly has contrary views on illegal immigration matters! Just my thoughts! Read and watch below.

http://ocpoliticsblog.com/2014/11/23/don-wagner-to-run-for-mimi-walters-state-senate-seat/

http://www.ocregister.com/articles/immigration-533497-reform-republican.html

http://wethepeoplerising.wordpress.com/2014/04/19/team-distributes-amnesty-letter-at-assemblymens-event-irvine-ca-41814/

http://wethepeoplerising.wordpress.com/take-action/

http://www.wga.com/sites/wga.com/files/Rep_Immigration_Letter.pdf 

By: Kelly R. Hubbard

About Kelly Hubbard

Kelly Hubbard is a long time O.C. Patriot/Conservative Activist who is known for his tough no non-sense vetting of candidates and diligent research on the issues of concern to Tea Partiers in Orange County and throughout the state. Kelly blogs on a whole range of national, state, and local political news, with an emphasis on elections and candidates. You can read many of Kelly's posts right here exclusively on O.C. Tea Party blog and we encourage you to share them with others.

5 Responses to “Is Don Wagner the right choice for State Senate?”

  1. Joe Miser says:

    Don has a worthy opponent in John Moorlach for the 37th senate seat. Don got voted into the assembly shouldn’t he be content with that win? There are a lot of people salivating to see the outcome of these two very capable politicians. In the end it’ll be the boots on the ground that will determine this race.

  2. Harold Kincaid says:

    The Registers endorsement of John Moorlach seems to be right on the money. I live in Second supervisorial district and have watched Mr. Moorlach over the years as he is served as the county treasurer and then Second District Supervisor. Mr. Moorlach is a certified public accountant not an attorney. It’s my impression that many of the legislators currently in Sacramento are attorneys and brought with them all their special interests.
    The current legislators, past and present governors and special interest groups have caused the fiscal problems the California currently finds itself in. I think we need more bean counters like Mr. Moorlach, not attorneys with special interests, elected to California legislature in Sacramento We sorely need legislatures who will address these fiscal problems and get California back on a sound footing.
    If this doesn’t occur, were going to see more businesses and corporations as well as individual taxpayers moving out of the state leaving only those people on the dole, who for the most part don’t pay taxes.
    This is not unlike the city of Los Angeles, who over the years with their political correctness chased a lot of the taxpayers out of the city into other areas of Los Angeles and Orange County, consequently the city of Los Angeles struggles every year with its budget. This somewhat of miniscule example of what occurred in the city of Los Angeles, is currently occurring statewide in California.
    Unless we elect more people like Mr. Moorlach, we will see many more businesses and individuals moving to Nevada or Arizona. To get away from California’s astronomical high taxes.

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  2. […] Wagner could have a tough time dealing with those opposed to his “openness to amnesty, as evidenced by a controversial letter that he signed addressed to members of Congress from late last year. Wagner was one of two local Assemblymen out of a total of 15 Legislators statewide who were signatories to a letter encouraging Congress to pass an amnesty bill, according to the OC Tea Party Blog. […]

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