Former Anaheim Councilman Harry Sidhu no longer has the Republican field to himself in the race for the 68th Assembly District (currently held by Assemblyman Don Wagner, who is termed out next year). Former Villa Park Councilwoman Deborah Pauly, one of the most polarizing figures in OC Republican Party politics, has jumped into the race.
This isn’t shocking, since Pauly has not-so-secretly hankered for legislative office for several years. Pauly touts herself as a Tea Party Republican, although her political activism has diverged from the pro-property rights and liberty stances one would expect of a Tea Partier. In recent years, she has allied herself with a coalition of NIMBYs and environmental groups such as the Sierra Club to fight two residential developments in East Orange. She also vigorously opposed allowing Villa Park residents to celebrate the 4th of July with safe-and-sane fireworks.
Speaking outside a community center in nearby Yorba Linda during the February event, Councilwoman Deborah Pauly pointed at the center and said, “What’s going on over there right now … that is pure, unadulterated evil.”
I can’t think of another instance of an OC GOP officer being booted by the membership, let alone the second-ranking officer. Pauly subsequently was narrowly re-elected
defeated when running for re-election to the OC GOP Central Committee. [Editor’s note: I incorrectly stated in an earlier version of this post that Pauly had been defeated for re-election to Central Committee in 2012; I apologize for the error.]
The divisive and abrasive Pauly will certainly brings sparks to the race. She describe her M.O. to former OC Register columnist Frank Mickadeit a few years ago:
“Squeaky wheel,” Pauly nodded with satisfaction. “Be the squeaky wheel.”