Former Senator John Lewis, the lead consultant for the No on Measure D campaign, asked if I would post this "open letter" here on the venerable OC Blog. I, of course, graciously agreed:
It took a great team effort to turn a “sure win” initiative into a landslide loss at the polls. I want to publicly acknowledge and thank those members of the No on D team who went the extra mile in this campaign leading to our decisive win yesterday.
I first want to thank Sheriff Mike Carona. It was the Sheriff who encouraged me to accept this campaign task and who lobbied Wayne Quint and AOCDS to bring us aboard. Among other things, Sheriff Carona was instrumental in providing the financing that allowed the Orange County Republican Party to send out their very effective Republican slate mailing which prominently featured No on D.
Wayne Quint and Nick Berardino did their respective memberships at AOCDS and OCEA proud. Nobody worked harder than these two and their association memberships are lucky to have these two bulldogs at the helm.
A special note of thanks goes out to all five Orange County Supervisors – Chairman Bill Campbell, Vice Chairman Tom Wilson, Jim Silva, Chris Norby and Lou Correa, whose steadfastness and unanimity on this issue was rewarded by the voters. Particular thanks goes out to the Board Chair Bill Campbell for his leadership from day one on this issue. Mark Denny deserves special recognition for the weekends and after hours he surrendered to this campaign. Supervisor Chris Norby deserves to be singled out as well. His passion and enthusiasm for sound public policy were on display throughout this campaign. Eric Norby and Bruce Whitaker of Chris’ staff also contributed in many ways.
Once the Republican Party endorsed the No on D effort, Scott Baugh became an effective communicator on behalf of the effort. Hours before the Republican Party endorsed, the California Republican Assembly endorsed as well. Special thanks to Scott Voigts for his efforts in securing such an important endorsement.
A number of high profile Orange County political leaders like Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido stuck their necks out when this issue was in doubt. District Attorney Tony Rackauckas was with this campaign from the beginning and he was later joined by Senator Dick Ackerman, Assembly members Todd Spitzer and Chuck DeVore and a number of local elected officials including four of my favorites, Mission Viejo Councilman Frank Ury, Westminster Councilman Kermit Marsh, Anaheim Councilman Harry Sidhu and President of the Orange County Board of Education Alexandria Coronado. State Senator Tom McClintock’s willingness to endorse in an Orange County campaign was a huge plus for the campaign.
Needless to say Matt Holder, Chris Jones and I have collaborated on a number of campaigns in the past, but this was the first time that as a group we worked with campaign wiz Pete Mitchell. Together we crafted and executed a solid blueprint for victory.
A big thanks to Jubal, Green Machine, and the Sarge for keeping our morale up. Lastly, props go to all the hundreds of volunteers who walked precincts, phone banked and hung signs.
Thanks to everyone for one helluva ride.
De nada, Senator.