Author’s note 7/30/10: The link in the article below no longer goes to the original U-T article upon which I based this post (see the reposted article at Tenants Together). I’ll let you all decide whether the new article is an “update” or a “correction,” because in many ways it is a whole different animal.
The new article, dated July 28, 2010 makes no allusion to the El Cajon Young Republicans, which was also cited in the original article as a source of “seat saver” money.
It remains to be seen if this is last iteration of the U-T Watchdog on the subject. If that is the case, significant questions remain. Why did the original article refer to the El Cajon Young Republicans?
Derrick Roach, the secretary of the Republican Party of San Diego, and Tony Kravic, the president, present two contradictory statements about the source of the compensation. Where is the Watchdog journalism that would resolve this discrepancy?
Shout out to the sharp reader to pointed out to us the change in the U-T article!
I’ve been ranting and raving that the Republicans haven’t created one single job since they achieved a majority in the House of Representatives. But lo! The party of the Job Creators is stepping up to the plate. According to a recent U-T article about a third of the 300 people attending a Chula Vista city council meeting about rent control at a local mobile home park had received $20 from the El Cajon Republicans. In fact “Ray McMurty, 62, said he received $40 for attending the meeting from a representative of the Republican Party.”
The proposed ordinance, which people like McMurty were paid to support, passed 4-0. Future renters would not be covered under the current rent control practices. I am shocked! Absolutely shocked!
The mobile park owners were informed by a South Bay political consultant who works for San Diego Group that there were “50 confirmed seat savers,” but the principal of that political consultant firm has been hanging out in Martha’s Vineyard and has absolutely no idea what anyone is talking about.
Proponents of the right are outraged that their integrity has been impugned and that anyone would dare to question the free market’s ability to maintain its divine, noble course. We also know as honest to god fact that the other people in the audience, who supported rent control, were paid and bused in by the unions and given lavish expense accounts during their time here.
The article ends by striking that just right Fox fair and balanced approach. “I don’t see any particular problem with it, if someone is willing to step up on any side and advocate for a position or item—it’s just giving a voice to someone and it is appreciated.”
Mr. McMurty, who is on social security disability, sees no problem in being a paid activist. “He said $40 goes a long way in helping with groceries through the week in his household.” I’m sure Mr. John Wainio, the principal of San Diego Group and currently ensconced in Martha’s Vineyard doesn’t see a problem either.