Mark Lopez moved into Anaheim’s District 5 in April of this year. A few months earlier, he changed his party registration from No Party Preference to Republican.
However, a pattern has emerged in his choice of allies and supporters is making that switch seem puzzling.
In May, he joined a who’s who of local progressive political activists at the kick-off of leftist academic Jose Moreno’s Council District 3 campaign. Lopez explanation at the time: he’d been invited by Ryan Ruelas – a teachers union activist, soldier in the union’s war on charter schools and proponent of higher taxes – and went there in search of District 5 residents.
Here he is in July at the home of a Moreno supporter, with a group of Moreno supporters, listening to the Moreno expound on what he’ll do as a councilmember.
Two weeks ago, the Anaheim Union High School District organized a weekend rally to send walkers out into the neighborhoods to knock on doors and give residents upbeat reports on the state of education in AUHSD. Of course, there were politicians on hand to exploit the situation. Here’s Jose F. Moreno at the event, and mugging with the AnaheimBROS – the progressive Anaheim High School political club moderated by Ruelas that doubles as a source of precinct walkers for Moreno and his political allies:
Also there, wearing an AnaheimBROS t-shirt: Mark Lopez:
At the ACLU-sponsored candidate forum last week, Lopez said he was active with the AnaheimBROS. Again, that is a curious association for someone who stood before the Republican Party of Orange County and proclaimed himself a follower of Ron Paul. The aspect of AnaheimBROS pertaining “breaking negative stereotypes” is well and good, but its pretty obvious the club is primarily a vehicle for channeling teenage boys into progressive political activism.
This is the same club that used the Communist term “Politburo” to describe itself – until it was reported on by OC Daily, and posted videos of members regurgitating dishonest teachers union propaganda about charter schools and organize rallies to “reclaim Anaheim from racism”. The AnaheimBROS were active in the progressive/union/Democratic political project of shifting the city to by-district elections, and now are actively walking precincts for Moreno under the direction of Al Jabbar – Moreno’s campaign manager and an AUHSD trustees. They trust and look up to Moreno, who takes advantage of that to mislead them – for example, lying to them that Disney “Pays no taxes. Zero.” In this respect, these kids are being ill-served by their mentors.
Moreno, Jabbar, Ruelas, etc. are friends and political confederates who are on a mission to turn Anaheim into a Democratic stronghold – a Santa Ana with financial resources to harness to progressive purposes. Jabbar, Moreno and Ruelas are all leaders in the war on charter schools being conducted in Anaheim. These are true believers. They and their followers aren’t going to waste time helping elect a councilmember they believe will oppose their progressive agenda.
Conservative donor Howard Ahmanson’s political team is going to spend a huge sum of money on an independent expenditure effort on behalf of at least some of council candidates endorsed by Mayor Tom Tait. It remains to be seen if they’ll engage in de facto support of Tait-endorsed leftists like Moreno and Arturo Ferreras by attacking their principal opponents. However, Mark Lopez joined Team Tait after blowing himself up with the Anaheim business community via his associations with leftists like Moreno, Jabbar and Ruelas – an association that has since deepened.
Anyone active in politics knows we tend to associate with the like-minded, and help those we believe will advance our issues. The embrace of Lopez by Ruelas, AnaheimBROS et al – and vice versa – ought to be of concern to those conservative activist who still think the right path forward in Anaheim is supporting Tom Tait’s candidate slate. They might want to take a step back and really think through the true political consequences of success.