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Jim Dahl Says his Tie to John Alpay Cost Him Conservative Endorsement

The South Orange County Republican Assembly decides not to endorse Dahl.

City Councilman Jim Dahl failed to get the endorsement of a conservative Republican group Thursday night, and he thinks it’s because he supports the reelection of Capistrano Unified Trustee John Alpay.

Dahl and candidates from four local cities sought endorsements from the South Orange County Republican Assembly. He walked out empty-handed after being questioned on several issues.

But he thinks it’s his tie to Alpay, a Republican who has the endorsement of the Capistrano Unified Education Association, the teachers’ union.

“No regrets. John Aplay is a close friend of mine. I endorsed him many months ago,” Dahl told Patch.

When Dahl failed to get the needed two-thirds majority from the group, he had one minute to give a rebuttal, said Craig Alexander, a vice president with the California Republican Assembly who ran the meeting.

Dahl focused that time only on the Alpay connection, Alexander said. And he did so again, when he didn’t get the needed votes the second time around. A candidate gets three votes to win an endorsement, Alexander said.

Dahl said he has clinched endorsements from such noted Republicans as Assemblywoman Diane Harkey, Orange County Supervisors Pat Bates and Bill Campbell.

“These people [the South Orange County Republican Assembly] are just after John Alpay. They’re punishing me because I endorsed John Alpay,” Dahl said. “I think it’s unfair they would do something like this because I feel I’m a good Republican.”

Alpay could not be reached for comment.

Alexander said Dahl was grilled on a number of subjects, including land use and debt issues. He said Dahl is presuming the Alpay connection cost him the vote.

Dahl said Alexander has been personally involved in attacking Alpay. The lawyer represented a constituent who sued Alpay for his campaign statement when he ran two years ago as a replacement for then-Trustee Mike Winsten, whose recall was on the November 2010 ballot. A judge agreed with Alexander on two of the four contested statements, and Alpay had to rewrite his statement

Alexander also represented trustees Sue Palazzo and Ellen Addonizio when they sought outside advice about how to deal with Brown Act violation accusations.

Dahl also has not received an endorsement from the OC Republican Party. Yet.

At a meeting of a committee to recommend endorsements to the OC GOP earlier this month, Chris Nguyen blogged that Alpay was an issue there as well. The committee postponed a decision on whether it should endorse Dahl until an October meeting. 

Meanwhile, SOCRA did give City Council candidate Michael Mortenson the endorsement.

EDITOR'S NOTE: An earlier version of this story misidentified one of the political endorsements Councilman Jim Dahl received.

jeff s September 16, 2012 at 01:25 PM
Who cares...... Yawn.... Same old political garbage every year.. Like sports, it don't matter at all...
Jim Dahl September 16, 2012 at 02:48 PM
Correction.... I recieved the endorsement of Orange County Supervisor Bill Campell not Rep. Campbell.. Jim Dahl
Lindsey Hanson September 16, 2012 at 03:18 PM
I just hope Jim Dahl is voted out this election. It's time for him to go. Perhaps it's his involvement in special interests groups that provide him kick downs. Or his love for the Toll Road and countless other projects the majority of this town do NOT want. He's a carrier politician with his interests in mind first and foremost.
Nancy September 16, 2012 at 03:48 PM
I look forward to the day when Alexander's little empire comes crashing down. The OCGOP is run by a handful of tyrants. Only the extreme right-wing conservatives need apply.
Penny Arévalo (Editor) September 16, 2012 at 05:10 PM
thanks for that!
Jericho September 16, 2012 at 05:19 PM
You just might look at his Edison connections also
socalfam September 16, 2012 at 06:28 PM
Alpay is a union tool. Shame on Dahl for endorsing him; friend or not, he can't seriously expect the So OC Republican Assembly to be OK with endorsing a union operative.
Patricia Gatacre September 16, 2012 at 06:34 PM
WE (my husband and I) have wondered how Jim Dahl has hung around THIS long! Nothing new - he's relentlessly self-serving. There are other Council members who deserve to be thrust into a normal life, finally deprived of the rare air they've been sucking in for years. If you really want your candidacy to stand apart from the business-as-usual mentality, THINK ABOUT THE PEOPLE WHO FORM THE CONSTITUENCY!
Gene Stone September 16, 2012 at 07:45 PM
We must defeat Jim Dahl in Nov for the good of San Clemente. His lack of respect for the citizens of San Clemente as gone to far. Setting on the city council should be a act of a public servant, not a act of a self-serving ...
Tom Barnes September 16, 2012 at 08:57 PM
Dahl should know that it is illegal to run in municipal elections as a member of a political party. Under Governor Hiram Johnson, California adopted laws that made all municipal elections nonpartisan. You do not run for city council or school board as a Republican, Democrat, Libertarian or any other political party. By doing so Dahl is violating the spirit of the law if not the letter of the law.
Lindsey Hanson September 17, 2012 at 02:39 AM
You assume Dahl gives a crap about right or wrong.
Capo Parent Too September 18, 2012 at 04:53 AM
You're kidding right? If this was the case, then every Republican is South County would or should be out of office, it's so partisan it's laughable. What about all the slate mailers with non-partisan positions on them? All Republicans seek their party's endorsement even if they are running in a non-partisan seat. I can't believe this comment.
Lindsey Hanson September 18, 2012 at 02:29 PM
And don't forget... Vote DAHL OUT!
The Lone Wolf September 19, 2012 at 06:20 PM
and VOTE ALPAY OUT AS WELL!
Larry Corwin September 21, 2012 at 05:08 PM
Remember voters, Jim Dahl voted to allow Outlet Mall operators a variance to build much bigger and more highly visible signage against San Clemente ordinance. His campaign signs appear on the Outlet property because his vote has been secured with the developer to change the character of this city. Please vote NO on Dahl.
SC Mommy September 30, 2012 at 07:55 PM
Alpay must go! Ever heard of the fox guarding the hen house? Alpay is a union puppet who has voted on their behalf every chance available. He is a self-absorbed politician wanna-be. Look at his record...larger class sizes, shorter school year. Our kids are getting an inferior education because the piggy unions won't budge on reducing the unsustainable commitments to union saleries and benefits. Ever wonder why we have that big District building? Why we the tax payers are footing the bill for the union leader, Vicki Soderberg? Why Alpay puts his kids in Las Palmas with smaller class sizes? Because the fox is guarding the hen house...time to get rid of this fox! Stand up Parents and reclaim our schools!
O Captain! My Captain! October 15, 2012 at 04:10 AM
Totally agree, SC Mommy. Here's a link so everybody can research John Alpay's voting record. (www.whoisjohnalpay.com) See for yourself how he cuts instruction time, increases class sizes, and wastes money hurting teachers and the district time and time again.

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