Fred Smoller -- Chapman University political science professor, political consultant and erstwhile Democratic candidate for Assembly (no-prize to first commentator to name the year and GOP opponent) -- is producing a documentary on Orange Unified School District Trustee Steve Rocco. (H/T to Total Buzz).
A Rocco-mentary, if you will.
Smoller has posted some clips on YouTube. They're entertaining to watch if one has never seen Rocco in action.
Meanwhile, the Rocco Recall sputters on. As the Greater Orange News Service first noted on Sunday and picked up here the same day, followed by the OC Register today, recall organizers admitted they'd be unable to make today's deadline to turn in 11,061 valid signatures to qualify it for the February 5 ballot.
According to the OC Register:
Instead, Rocco critics plan to stick with their original plan – to garner enough signatures by Dec. 5 to put the item on the June ballot.
Well, that's one way to spin it: failure to make the Sept. 21 deadline doesn't matter because that wasn't the original plan.
This recall ain't going to happen. Rocco recallers claim to have a third of the signatures necessary, but if that's
all they harvested after a few months, I seriously doubt they can
collect the other two-thirds during the holiday season.
Orange voters know Rocco is a looney and they'll sensibly turn him out in November 2008. But they don't hold him accountable for the state of OUSD schools for the simple fact he's not responsible. The Board of Trustees is controlled by a five-member majority. Rocco has zero impact on policy. He's a nuisance, but he doesn't prevent the district from functioning nor the board majority from working their will.