County Supervisor Linda Parks has a GOP revolt on her hands on the heels of her announcement to seek reelection.
After the moderate Republican's record was strongly criticized
by attendees of Wednesday night's Ventura County Republican Central Committee
meeting, committee members unanimously passed a resolution to formally ask
Assemblywoman Audra Strickland to run against Parks, and to offer their
endorsement should she decide to run.
"The Republican Party is thrilled at the idea that we might
be able to convince Audra to run," said GOP County Chairman Mike Osborn. "We are
asking her to consider running--not for herself--but for the good of the people
of the 2nd Supervisorial District."
Attendees labeled Parks as anti-business, anti-taxpayer, and
complained that she works against Republican principles behind the scenes with
Democrats such as Fran Pavley and Hannah-Beth Jackson, the latter whom she
endorsed over her fellow Republican Tony Strickland in 2008. They said that
Parks hired environmental activists for her staff, citing reports that they unceremoniously disconnected callers who identified
themselves as developers.
Last month, Parks crossed party lines again by voting with
her Democratic colleagues on the Board of Supervisors to establish educational
requirements for county treasurer, leading to accusations that the requirements
were designed to stop Assemblywoman Strickland from running for that position.
Ironically, Parks' vote may have freed Strickland to run for
her seat--something that Parks said she knew was a possibility.
Strickland's campaign maintains that she is still weighing
her options in the wake of the county supervisors' decision. She terms out of
the Assembly this fall.
Earlier this month, a telephone survey was conducted in
Thousand Oaks that asked respondents for their opinions on a possible
Strickland/Parks matchup. Parks
charged that the county party initiated the poll and said
it was merely a vehicle to push negative information about her to her constituents.
Osborn refuted the claim that it was one-sided by pointing
to questions that cast both women in a negative light. While nobody has officially claimed sponsorship of the poll, he told the
Central Committee that "it was pleasant to read the results."
Parks had previously stated that she is disappointed that the
county party would inject itself into a nonpartisan race. VCRCC bylaws permit
endorsements in those elections.
Should Strickland announce her candidacy for Parks' seat,
she would have to change her registration to the 2nd District, which
includes Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village, Santa Rosa, and parts of Oxnard.
Wednesday night's resolution guarantees her the party's endorsement should she
decide to run.
decide by March 15th, the filing deadline for the June ballot.