Deborah Pauly is a Republican candidate for Orange County Board of Supervisor, but she is getting some unasked-for-help from the California campaign manager of the former Governor George Wallace of Alabama, who ran for President as a third party presidential candidate in 1968 and who died decades ago. Here is the Orange County Register to clear things up:
Back in 1967, when Gov. George Wallace of Alabama was running for president on the American Independent Party ticket, Robert Walters was his California campaign manager.
Today, Walters lives in Orange. Last month, he mailed a letter on “Wallace for President” letterhead to 7,900 registered American Independent voters, asking them to support Deborah Pauly in her candidacy for the 3rd District seat on the county’s Board of Supervisors.
Wallace, who called for “segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever,” famously stood in the doorway of the University of Alabama in 1963 in a symbolic attempt at preventing two black students from trying to enroll. Walters, then a UCLA student, wrote a book defending segregation, which he self-published two years later after failing to find a publisher.
In his letter to voters, Walters notes that Pauly condemned two Muslim speakers outside a Yorba Linda fundraiser where the two speakers were appearing in February 2011, then adds “We need Deborah Pauly and her brand of hard core limited government, fiscally-conservative positions on the County Board of Supervisors.”
In an interview, Walters said the $3,600 cost of printing and mailing the letter was paid by himself, his wife and his daughter.
“I was moved by her commitment to standing up for what I think are the right causes, so I thought I’d help her,” Walters said. “She didn’t ask me to do it.”
He said Pauly knew about the mailer only because he sent her a courtesy copy. “Otherwise, she never would have seen it,” he said.
It is quite possible this mailer did more harm than good, since it is a widely accepted fact that most of the members of the American Independent Party are not conservative admirers of Governor Wallace, but independents who simply registered wrong. Walters, who sent the mailer, says he is no longer a segregationist.
Lastly, it seems that every ballot-stub for the June 5th primary election in San Francisco will indicate that the voter is from the American Independent Party. This is a misprint and one that will not be corrected–though voters will be informed as they vote of this inconsistency.