A pajarito tipped me off today that Anaheim Councilwoman Kris Murray is considering running against Mayor Tim Tait, when he comes up for re-election. Murray is part of the Anaheim Council majority that is in Disney’s back pocket – and that has voted to give away millions of hotel tax dollars to a hotel developer who wants to put up two hotels at the failed GardenWalk center.
Has Murray lost her mind? Tait recently held a fundraiser that, according to an insider, was overflowing with some of the most powerful people in Orange County – from the right and the left.
Perhaps she has forgotten that Tait was a major player in the OC GOP long before he ever ran for Mayor of Anaheim. And he is also very influential in the local Catholic Church. He is a very successful businessman as well.
Personally I hope Murray does run against Tait so he can beat her soundly and send her packing! Her main backer, former Anaheim Mayor Curt Pringle, is a piker compared to Tait. And Tait has something neither Murray nor Pringle have – the respect of the people of Anaheim.
UPDATE: I heard today from an insider affiliated with Murray’s camp. Murray says she is not going to challenge Tait and has not thought about doing so. Well that’s great – mission accomplished. But the downside is this means we will just have to beat her when she runs for re-election in two years. I have already met with one of the top challengers. The goal in 2014 is clear – reelect Tait and take out Murray and Gail Eastman.