Moorlach’s Standing Is on the Rise


Nearly half of Orange County residents favor naming Costa Mesa accountant John M.W. Moorlach as the county’s new treasurer, according to a Times Orange County Poll.

Moorlach, widely expected to be named to the post by the Board of Supervisors, was favored for the job by 49% of poll respondents, with 25% opposed. The remaining 26% were unsure.

Moorlach, a 39-year-old Republican, lost out in a June election to longtime Treasurer-Tax Collector Robert L. Citron, who resigned last month after county officials disclosed massive investment losses that led to the county’s bankruptcy.

Moorlach, whose past warnings about the county’s risk-laden investment portfolio have gotten widespread attention in recent weeks, was the only possible replacement mentioned in the poll.


His appointment was favored by 55% of Republicans and 43% of Democrats. Twenty-one percent of Republicans said they opposed appointing him, while the figure for Democrats was 32%.

Moorlach’s political standing has clearly risen since the crisis. During the election, he won just 39% of the vote. The post is held on an interim basis by Thomas E. Daxon, a former Oklahoma finance director. Moorlach has said he hopes to assume the job after tax season this spring.


Moorlach Is Back


John M.W. Moorlach, rejected at the polls in June by a 3-2 ratio, now has the support of half the county’s residents to be the new treasurer-tax collector. Republicans, particularly, back him.

Do you favor or oppose appointing John M.W. Moorlach, Robert L. Citron’s opponent in the recent election for Orange County treasurer-tax collector, to fill the post vacated by Citron’s resignation?

Total Democrats Republicans Favor 49% 43% 55% Oppose 25% 32% 21% Don’t know 26% 25% 24%

Source: Times Orange County Poll