Elfin-visaged Brian Chuchua is a fixture at Anaheim City Council meetings and a member of a gadfly claque that spends its time and energy attacking the council majority and singing hosannas to Mayor Tom Tait. He’s one of two known members of CATER, which styles itself as a group of Anaheim taxpayers who support “economic responsibility.”
He is a Republican who has run for city council twice. In 2010 he got 4.7% of the vote, finishing 8th in a field of 14 candidates. Two years later, he garnered 7% and placed 7th in a field of 10 candidates. He was endorsed by the conservative Lincoln Club of Orange County both times, and by the Republican Party of Orange County in 2012.
In a short span of time, though, Chuchua has migrated concretely to the political Left. One sees the early stages in Chuchua’s staunch support in 2012 of John Leos, the Orange County Employees Association activist on whom the OCEA lavished hundreds of thousands of dollars in independent expenditure support. Leos also opposed Proposition 32, the conservative paycheck protection initiative that would have required unions to obtain members permission to use dues for political purposes.
Chuchua has announced his support for a gate tax to be levied on the Disneyland Resort, the Honda Center and Angel Stadium (at least for starters).
Although he is (presumably) still a Republican, Chuchua isn’t supporting the energetic, mold-breaking Republican nominee in the 65th Assembly District. Instead, he is helping the Democratic incumbent, Sharon Quirk-Silva – who supports Proposition 30 to increase the state sales tax and voted to abolish the Anaheim Enterprise Zone). Here’s Chuchua, sporting his trademark yellow-tinted shades, in a Quirk-Silva campaign TV commercial now being aired:
Chuchua is also one of the new faces that joined Anaheim Republican Assembly as part of the Tait campaign’s takeover drill. Will ARA’s new executive vice president, Cynthia Ward, revoked his membership for materially aiding a Democratic incumbent against the GOP candidate in a targeted race? Don’t hold your breath.
As one of only two public members of CATER (and the rumored source of funding for its litigation against Angels negotiations and the Anaheim Convention Center expansion) and as a businessman, one would think Chuchua would restrict his political support to candidates who support pro-business candidates. After all, CATER supposedly supports economic responsibility.
Instead, Chuchua is enthusiastically supporting Jose F. Moreno, the left-wing council candidate with radical, anti-free market views. Chuchua was the very first donor to the Moreno campaign, giving the maximum $1,900 and was front-and-center at Moreno’s backyard campaign kick-off:
This is part and parcel of how claims by Ward, Chuchua and others in their claque to be the “real” conservatives and the true guardians of limited government lack credibility. It’s hard to discern any coherent, considered philosophy. What we get instead are ad hoc stances shaped to rationalize their political position du jour.