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Election night postscript: A little Democrat-bashing

November 5, 2008 | 11:32 am

There was plenty of Democrat-bashing at the statewide GOP's election night party Tuesday at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Irvine. One man wore boxing gloves and held a handwritten sign that read, "Fight socialism."

Rep. Ed Royce of Fullerton said, "We face a leftist agenda that ... wants to eviscerate the entrepreneurial spirit of the American people."

But no speaker went as far as Orange County GOP chairman and former assemblyman Scott Baugh. Following remarks from Rep. Dana Rohrabacher of Huntington Beach, who blasted the Republican Party's national leadership, Baugh, the evening's master of ceremonies, called the congressman's opponent "a liberal Democrat communist lady."

The woman is Debbie Cook, the mayor of Huntington Beach, who has served on the City Council since 2000. She challenged Rohrabacher for the seat in the 46th District, which stretches from Costa Mesa to Rancho Palos Verdes. Rohrabacher won.

-- Jeff Gottlieb

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