Friday, January 06, 2006

Ackerman’s Tangled Web: Tran/Daucher/Norby/Espinoza

There are two people Dick Ackerman hates in Orange County. Chris Norby and Van Tran.Why?

Chris Norby is obvious. The two Fullerton City Council colleagues ran against each other in the Primary for State Assembly in the early ’90s. Ackerman won and has held a grudge ever since; Norby remained on the City Council and was eventually elected to the Orange County Board of Supervisors where he is the only conservative – his colleagues are Democrat Lou Correa and three Lynn Daucher clones.

Van Tran is not so obvious. Speculation abounds, but no one can explain why Dick hates him so.

But the web is even more tangled.

Dick Ackerman has been recruiting Lynn Daucher to run for something – anything it seems – for a while. Prior to bringing her into the State Senate race, he was trying to recruit her to run against Chris Norby. (Norby is targeted by the unions because he opposed a pension increase that will potentially lead Orange County down the bankruptcy path – again).

Now that Daucher is out of the supervisorial picture, Norby’s opponent is La Habra Councilwoman Rose Espinoza.

Rose is a popular Democrat in the city. She started a charity called Rosie’s Garage – in her garage – and finally won election after two unsuccessful attempts. Her momentum has continued to increase and if John Moorlach continues to be unopposed in his bid for Supervisor, Norby could face the full front of a union attack through Espinoza.

The relation of all this to Dick Ackerman: Rose Espinoza was Lynn Daucher’s Woman of the Year. Lynn Daucher clearly supports Democrats – Democrats trying to unseat the only voice of reason on the Orange County Board of Supervisors.

In supporting Daucher, Ackerman surely knew he was supporting the Democrat trying to unseat in an incumbent Republican Supervisor. But why should he care? If, Espinoza is successful, he will have settled a decade’s old grudge against Chris Norby.

The crazy question is: Does Dick Ackerman have a real beef with Van Tran or is opposing Van Tran simply a means to an end in his feud with Chris Norby.


At 1/06/2006 1:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would assume everyone would agree that you should support the best candidate irrespective of party, so the question with both Ackerman's endoresement of Daucher and Daucher's endorsement of Espinoza is why? Hopefully the campaigns will enlighten us.

At 1/10/2006 1:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You've got to love Norby. Who else would propose to rename John Wayne Airport the "OC Airport". Brilliant!


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