After drawing the figurative short-straw in December 2016 requiring him to run for re-election in just two years, Councilman Jose F. Moreno turned down the temperature on his public leftism. Campaign promises to repeal the anti-camping ordinance and make Anaheim a Sanctuary City were plopped down the memory hole. Gone was regular promotion of left-wing politics and policies on social media.
Moreno was re-elected last November and due to term limits cannot run for another consecutive council term. The leftist politics he downplayed between 2016 and 2018 are back on full display.
For example, last week he shared a video of democratic socialist Rep. Alexandria “Green New Deal” Ocasio-Cortez speaking at a hearing called by congressional Democrats to promote HR 1 – a bill that would introduce taxpayer funding of campaigns and increase federal government control of campaigns and political speech.
Using a panel of like-minded progressive campaign “reform” activists as a Greek chorus, Ocasio-Cortez riffs through the tired claim that corporations succeed in the marketplace via campaign contributions (not by innovation or creating necessary or desirable products). Moreno praises AOC for giving us a “public education” and thinks her simplistic exposition is applicable to Anaheim and Orange County:
Moreno’s political ally and former campaign manager Al Jabbar shared the same post:
It’s worrisome that Moreno and Jabbar consider AOC to be credible. She also believes that through massive government intervention in our lives (her words) – we can, by 2030, ban all fossil fuel use, replace air travel with high-speed trains, get rid of cars that use gas, give everyone a guaranteed government job (whether they want it or not), end air travel, give everyone a government-guaranteed job (and mandate union membership), retrofit or replace every building in America to meet “state-0f-the-art”energy efficiency – just for starters.
Democratic strategist Mark Penn says her “Green New Deal” has more in common with Mao Zedong than FDR. AOC’s Green New Deal is the political equivalent of belief in the Tooth Fairy.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez occupies the ideological fringe. She is far outside the political mainstream where most Americans – regardless of party affiliation – live. Yet, that’s who Moreno and Jabbar would have us look to as an expert on governance and campaign reform. It also a reminder of the two Anaheim progressives’ selective dislike of money in politics.
Moreno led the push for council districts in Anaheim. The campaign for Measure L – the 2014 ballot initiative that instituted by-district council elections in Anaheim – spent more than $422,000, nearly all of it from political interest groups from outside of Anaheim. Moreno had no problem with out-of-town special interests spending big to re-structure city governance.
Jabbar is deputy chief of staff for Supervisor Doug Chaffee. Last year, the Orange County Employees Association spent $545,706 to elect Chaffee – who will be voting on collective bargaining agreements with OCEA. Public employee unions are government organized as a special interest. Neither Jabbar nor Moreno had any issue with OCEA opening the spigots to pick the supervisor that would vote on its contracts.
Apparently it’s OK when progressive special interest spend huge sums of money to elect politicians and influence public policy.