Has Chris Norby Gone Nuts?

Steven Greenhut: There are few politicians I admire more than Assemblyman Chris Norby, the Fullerton Republican who has battled corporate welfare, stood up against abusive government agencies and championed pension reform. But then I saw a really crazy press release today from the Todd Spitzer campaign for supervisor. Norby endorsed Spitzer for the OC supe seat and was quoted: “I have known Todd for 20 years, since he first served as a school board member at Brea Olinda Unified where I taught high school. I have the utmost respect for his fiscally conservative principles and I look forward to working with him on behalf of our Orange County community.”

Spitzer is one of the least fiscally conservative Republicans around. He practically tripped all over himself as he retroactively increased pensions for deputy sheriffs. Spitzer only seems to take the pro-taxpayer argument, or the pro-civil liberties argument for that matter, after he stuck his finger in the wind and saw that his newfound position is blowing in the right direction. Even worse, he is a shameless demagogue.

Spitzer has functioned in the Assembly and previously on the board as the cat’s paw for the public sector unions, especially for police and fire unions. He has been a dedicated foe of the taxpayer where it really counts (pensions, light rail, prison spending, etc.) and an enemy of personal liberty, as one would expect from a full-on advocate of law enforcement unions. He in fact stands athwart most of the principles that Norby seems to have advocated in his career.

What’s up with that? I’ll try to find out.

FEB. 16, 2012

 

 

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  1. Keep da Peace
    Keep da Peace 16 February, 2012, 10:47

    How many times does Spitzer have to beat his chest and say mia culpa forthe pension issue? Norby is a nitcase who has trouble staying married and a penchant for kicking the homeless off choice park benches in the Capitol Park. His endorsement of Spitzer did catch me by surprise but only because I thought he was too busy singing cigarette commercial jingles to notice. Norby os ineffecttive in Sacramento fir the same reasons he was ineffective as a Supervisor; no one takes him seriously. Spitzer, other than the pension issue, which he freely admits to, was and will be an effective Supervisor and Norby was right in this case to endorse him. This is particularly so considering his whack-job racist opponent.

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  2. Beelzebub
    Beelzebub 16 February, 2012, 12:45

    Nothing surprises me from this crowd. I view all of them as public whores who would sell their very souls for the right price. Those of you who offer your loyalty to any of these bottom feeders are only setting yourselves up for disappointment.

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  3. Who Else?
    Who Else? 16 February, 2012, 13:26

    Who else would Norby endorse in that race? Pauly? She’s on the lunatic fringe. Greenhut, what would Spitzer have to do to keep you from foaming at the mouth? Go down on his knees and beg your forgiveness for his vote? Let it go already.

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  4. ExPFCWintergreen
    ExPFCWintergreen 16 February, 2012, 14:05

    Sometimes endorsements are given simply because the candidate is friend or family. These trump politics.

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  5. surfcitybob
    surfcitybob 16 February, 2012, 16:09

    Gee, why did I quit the Republican Party? I have no where to go!

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  6. VendreD
    VendreD 16 February, 2012, 19:01

    Chuck Devore created this ad before he dropped out of the OC Board of Supervisor’s race and moved his family to Austin, Texas.

    When Villa Park Councilwoman Deborah Pauly entered the race, Assemblyman Devore wrote, “”Deborah Pauly has the courage to fight for taxpayers as a member of the Orange County Board of Supervisors, even in the face of pressure from powerful special interests.”

    http://www.debpauly.com

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  7. CalWatchdog
    CalWatchdog Author 16 February, 2012, 21:22

    Who else: Why should we let it go? I still live in Orange County, so I’m paying for Spitzer’s sycophancy to the government-employee unions when he was a supervisor. Am I supposed to say, “Thank you, sir, may I have another?”

    No. Spitzer has been tried and found wanting. He should stay in the private sector and earn a living to pay for the massive pension spiking he imposed on us when he was in office.

    — John Seiler

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  8. Beelzebub
    Beelzebub 16 February, 2012, 22:55

    Spitzer is no better or no worse than all the rest of them.

    Two current OC supervisors (Bates and Campbell) touted as fiscal conservative republicans served in the State Assembly in 1999 and BOTH voted for SB400 which opened the floodgates for the 3%@50 pensions.

    So as much as I dislike Spitzer it’s not fair just to finger him. They are ALL in on it. Every single one of them. Your whole system is crooked.

    At least down in Mexico corruption is out in the open for everyone to see. Here in America it’s all done on the QT behind closed doors.

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  9. Rex The Wonder Dog!
    Rex The Wonder Dog! 18 February, 2012, 00:39

    Gee, why did I quit the Republican Party? I have no where to go!

    They are whores as big as dems, just different special interests paying their tab-go Independent like so many have the last decade.

    There are MORE Independents in CA than either dems or repgs. We ARE the biggest political party in this state.

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  10. nan
    nan 19 February, 2012, 10:13

    Focus on a candidates VOTING record and nothing else – Spitzers a dirty dog and his past record shows that – This is why Deborah Pauly is running against him….Todd is a lawyer so what do we expect?

    Seriously look at Deborah Pauly for OC Supervisor, her background and voting record prove she is the true fiscally responsible choice!
    Debpauly.com for more info!

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  11. Art Pedroza
    Art Pedroza 19 February, 2012, 11:33

    Norby also endorsed Mike Carona, even though I implored him not too.

    It is OK not to endorse anyone, but upon further review Pauly is on the record as standing against union corruption. Spitzer? He is a union whore.

    http://ocpoliticsblog.com/deborah-pauly-is-willing-to-challenge-labor-unlike-sell-out-todd-spitzer/

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  12. Gopmom
    Gopmom 19 February, 2012, 13:49

    Mr. Greenhut, you indicate that you are a big fan of Chris Norby.  Duly noted.

    But in that analysis, how come you are not punishing Norby for voting, while a Fullerton City Councilmember for 3% at 50 also?  The Fullerton Council was the 12th city in Orange County to pass 3% at 50 on January 15, 2002.  Nine more cities in Orange County passed it after Fullerton did.  In fact, if there was such an outcry from you or others when the Board of Supervisors passed it on December 4, 2001, then why would Norby have voted for it only two months later?

    Your standard against Todd Spitzer is nothing more than a personal vendetta and we know it.

    The facts are clear: Spitzer did not do anything out of the ordinary with that vote.  Every city in Orange County adopted it.

    Spitzer is the only candidate with a clear plan to fix the pension crisis and he has made that fix a cornerstone of his campaign.

    Go back and check the record while you were at the OC Register and see, prior to 2001 did you or the editorial board ever rail against 3% at 50?  You did not.  No one did; but you are all good at blame now.

    Seems like your lack of attention is what is making you look for scapegoats now.

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  13. OC Politico
    OC Politico 19 February, 2012, 18:01

    Mr. Greenhut, you indicate that you are a big fan of Chris Norby. Duly noted.

    But in that analysis, how come you are not punishing Norby for voting, while a Fullerton City Councilmember for 3% at 50 also? The Fullerton Council was the 12th city in Orange County to pass 3% at 50 on January 15, 2002. Nine more cities in Orange County passed it after Fullerton did. In fact, if there was such an outcry from you or others when the Board of Supervisors passed it on December 4, 2001, then why would Norby have voted for it only two months later?

    Your standard against Todd Spitzer is nothing more than a personal vendetta and we know it.

    The facts are clear: Spitzer did not do anything out of the ordinary with that vote. Every city in Orange County adopted it.

    Spitzer is the only candidate with a clear plan to fix the pension crisis and he has made that fix a cornerstone of his campaign.

    Go back and check the record while you were at the OC Register and see, prior to 2001 did you or the editorial board ever rail against 3% at 50? You did not. No one did; but you are all good at blame now.

    Seems like your lack of attention is what is making you look for scapegoats now.

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  14. Robeert C.
    Robeert C. 28 February, 2012, 15:34

    Look people I’m not about downing one cadidate to promote the other. I’d rather just state Spitzer has his challenges as do us all. WE should focus on Deborah Pauly’s sound fundamentals and core valves. These are the fundamentals that matter most. She’s strong when the situation calls for it and leads by example. It’s simple really. Which candidate gives more life? It’s Deborah Pauly hands down in my opinion.

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