Frank Barbaro, the Chairman of the Democratic Party of Orange County (DPOC) attacked Santa Ana Mayor Pro Tem Claudia Alvarez today, in a statement released to the media.
Barbaro wrote that “We strongly agree with the Anti-Defamation League’s position that no matter how strong one’s objections to any government policy, invoking the Holocaust and the Nazi effort to exterminate the Jewish people is grossly offensive and has no place in civil political discourse.
Barbaro also wrote that “Using the Holocaust as an analogy for the frustration of local politics displays an ignorance of history and an insensitivity to the tragedy in human history that saw the murder of six million Jews and millions of others. The use of words such as ‘ethnic cleansing’ had no place in meaningful debate and discourse at the Santa Ana City Council meeting.”
But Barbaro himself dredged up the memory of infamous Nazi Joseph Goebbels, in an editorial published by the OC Metro, back in October, 2006.
Barbaro wrote that “Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice and others in the administration have gotten fearful mileage out of Joseph Goebbels’ insight that, “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.”
The Liberal OC blog has ripped Alvarez in no less than seven posts this week, but back when Barbaro was comparing Bush and his people to Nazis, the Liberal OC published an unedited version his post. In that version, Barbaro wrote “Bush and his fellow riders have been following the advice of Joseph Goebbels, Hitler’s Nazi Propaganda Minister when he said, “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.”
Barbaro also failed to mention to the press that his law firm is located in the PBID area – and as such he has a major conflict of interest in ripping Alvarez, who made her comments while talking about the PBID. Did Barbaro’s law firm get any PBID money – perhaps to remodel their building? We will be checking the records soon via a public records request.
Barbaro did not by the way criticize Santa Ana Council Member David Benavides, when we caught him honoring Lupe Moreno and other Minutemen, after they took over the 2010 Santa Ana 4th of July event. And Barbaro endorsed disgraced O.C. Sheriff Mike Carona, a Republican, just before Carona got busted and had to resign from office. I also don’t recall Barbaro telling Tom Umberg to apologize after he was exposed for cheating on his wife Robin. And wasn’t Barbaro on the OC Fair Board back when they got busted for giving free drinks and dinner to politicians? No bueno Frank! This guy needs to lay off Alvarez and deal with his own problems!
13 thoughts on “DPOC Chairman Barbaro rips Alvarez, but he once compared Bush to the Nazis”
The Liberal O.C. guy calls the Italian Tustin Mayor “Il Duce”? too funny.
O.k. here is the deal. Politicians need a new vocabulary.
“Gentrification” too weak, too vague, emotionless, There are not going to be “Gentry” running around, only Philistines, tourists,the unemployed and techno-bar zombies. (and some politician and artist remnants)
“ethnic cleansing” too severe, people will always like ethnic food.
“Hitler” has been patented by ADL we have now discovered, and you will get sued or exiled if you use it.
we need a new and accurate vocabulary.
Well Admin you have just joined these idiots. So what is going to be your next party?
I just read that this guy is 70 years old has been in the position since Jimmy Carter was President.
No wonder the OC DEMOCRATIC PARTY sucks.
When a team has a bad season (Or twenty) they fire the coach!!
if Frank had any real power to do anything this would be significant. But he doesnt. So it doesnt.
Yep. Just punietas!
I’m no real fan of Frank Barbaro but this is a stretch. Barbaro’s comment regarding Bush refers to a famous quote by Goebels, not to the direct issue of ethnic cleansing, as Alvarez did. Apples and Oranges.
But again, if you look at what Frank said about Alvarez, it also applies to him:
Frank wrote “We strongly agree with the Anti-Defamation League’s position that no matter how strong one’s objections to any government policy, invoking the Holocaust and the Nazi effort to exterminate the Jewish people is grossly offensive and has no place in civil political discourse.”
It seems that Democrats have a double standard. It is OK to compare Republicans to Nazis, but not OK to compare anyone else to Nazis. It should not be OK for ANYONE to compare ANYONE to Nazis. Unless of course you are comparing murdering scumbags to Nazis.
Frank obviously forgot that he erred in the same way. Now he has egg on his face…
Let’s not also forget the most important little factoid which is that Frank failed to mention that he has a conflict of interest here. His building falls within the PBID boundries and with the Chase’s in full control of that slush by running Downtown Inc. they can throw Frank a bone now.
Keep a close on eye that admin.
That little “factoid” is interesting. I have more on that factoid for you Admin, but some people are betting that you killed yourself tonight. I don’t think that you did. I think that you made it through A.O.K. cheers!
You won your bet amigo! I yet live to fight another day…
Actually, not to purposely keep using Nazi references, but I think that you are going to wake like the Phoenix from the petty Ashes of silly jealous liberals and unimaginative,mean, lazy thinking republicans. This is New Santa Ana Biatches!
You nailed it. The pettiness of the faux liberals knows no bounds. And their craven GOP allies are just as bad…
Art, any opinion on the 85a for Tuesdays council meeting?