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Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Surprise, surprise, McCaffrey is at it again

Tom headshot 8.25.20Residents for Reform is a political action committee in town fronted by Balboa Island resident Bob McCaffrey and somewhat behind the scenes by political consultant Dave Ellis. During the election season, Bob and Dave are not ones known to shy away from wrestling in the mud and even throwing a little if need be on behalf of the candidates they support.

A little background, both are conservative, and both have been instrumental is backing Team Newport in recent years. 

Residents for Reform qualifies itself by saying they back a slate of candidates who are “respectful, fiscally responsible, and listen to residents.”

Funny, but history tells us that respectful and Bob McCaffrey are words that would seem to be seldom used in the same sentence.

Case in point. This week a mailer arrived targeted at local Democrats from Residents for Reform, with the headline “Democrat Alert!” The message then says, “Newport Beach Councilman Jeff Herdman voting for Trump and donated to him.” 

Fair enough. It quotes verbiage taken from Herdman’s application to the Republican Party of Orange County where he was previously seeking the GOP endorsement.

That’s enough to scare off any Democrat from voting for Herdman, right? 

Well, here’s what they need to know. First, Herdman didn’t get that endorsement, and second, Residents for Reform’s candidate of choice in this race is Noah Blom. You’d think that by Residents for Reform’s flier that Noah would be nowhere near Trump.

Wrong! Do you want to guess where Noah spent Sunday? If you said he attended the Trump affair on Lido Isle, go to the head of the class.

That’s right, but McCaffrey and Residents for Reform, in their respectful way fail to mention any of that.

Don’t get me wrong, there was nothing wrong with Noah attending the event.

All I’m saying is that McCaffrey doesn’t necessarily give one all the details to a story that won’t fit his agenda. Remember the mud I talked about?

Now, as far as Noah and Jeff go, I’m connected to both. Jeff has been a friend in recent years and Noah’s folks have been longtime, good friends of mine. In fact, I just spoke with Noah’s dad this week. We even talked about getting together once this pandemic is behind us.

My point in all of this is that instead of discussing issues and differences, McCaffrey seems to want to take it all the way down to mud-slinging. 

So, beware.

To be fair, many of the letter writers backing Herdman have done the same thing in Stu News in their attacks on Blom.

It all makes local politics a lousy thing to even want to stick your toe in the water unless you have extremely thick skin.

The good news is, we only have 11 more days until this madness is over. Then maybe we can get back to some decorum.

Until then, watch out from flying mud!

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Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris, she of the 74th District, is looking to honor the “2020 Veteran of the Year.” The person should be someone who lives in the District (Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Laguna Beach, Laguna Woods and Newport Beach) and has a story of answering the call of our nation to serve in the United States Armed Forces.

Nominations should be submitted by Monday, October 26 to https://a74.asmdc.org/vets.

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Like many businesses large and small, Pacific Life Insurance Co., headquartered in Newport Beach, is feeling the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. 

This week, the Newport Beach institution laid off nearly 300 employees.

Here’s to better times ahead.

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Never too early to start planning for your holiday outings. 

Mark down the spectacular Christmas Tree Lighting at Fashion Island beginning Friday, Nov. 20 and continuing through Saturday, Jan 2.

The tree is expected to be delivered on November 4.

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It’s the final weekend to enjoy the Fair Food Drive-Thru at the OC Fair & Event Center. Twelve different vendors are joining in to make this weekend extra special.

You can partake in some of your favorites, like cinnamon rolls, fried raviolis, bacon-wrapped shrimp and battered potatoes.

Food is served today and tomorrow from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Enter thru Gate 1.

Participating vendors include Fried A Fair, Who Fried the Cheese, Juicys – with Turkey Legs, Australian Battered Potatoes, Chicken Charlie’s, Pink’s Hot Dogs, Mom’s Bakeshoppe, Old Tyme Ice Cream, Planet Popcorn, JP’s Old West Cinnamon Rolls, Roasted Corn and, of course, Funnel Cakes.

Enjoy.