Conventional wisdom is that Michelle Steel is the presumptive front runner in this year's campaign to replace outgoing Supervisor John Moorlach. Steel announced first, plucked down $100,000 of her own cash and has raised an additional $530,000. Plus her supporters include heavyweight political insiders including divorcing Orange County power couple Mike and Susan Schroeder, lobbyists Lyle Overby and Roger Faubel as well as ambulance and trash companies that rely on lucrative government contracts.
|Allan Mansoor wants to be your OC supervisor|
But state Assemblyman Allan Mansoor is determined to give GOP voters an option in the race and late this afternoon he's hosting a campaign kickoff event in Fountain Valley. Mansoor, a former Costa Mesa mayor, is comparatively the rebel Republican to Steel, who is buddies with knuckle-dragging Congressman Dana Rohrabacher. So far, he's reported raising $39,000 from real estate developers, conservative activists, a pawnshop association, Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians and Poseidon Water, LLC.
In terms of political personalities, Steel is more the traditional establishment Republican while Mansoor is more Ted Cruz.
(Note: An astute, local political pal tells me I botched the comparison and that Mansoor is more Michele Bachmann than Cruz.)More »