Wednesday, September 9, 2009

For The Misdirected Love Of Mike

That's President Nixon's birthplace on the City of Yorba Linda lapel pin worn by Mike Duvall, who resigned from the California Assembly today after he was caught speaking on a live microphone about affairs with lobbyists. Mike, whom I've known for nearly 20 years, was a cheerful booster of our city's favorite son who has distributed thousands of the Birthplace pins around the world. Since the Yorba Linda city council member was elected to the Assembly in 2006, whenever I ran into him around town he evinced a boyish exuberance about his work in Sacramento, as though he couldn't quite believe he was there. Now he's not. The facts of the sordid story speak for themselves. His gracious wife Susan will be in my prayers, as indeed will Mike and the voters he let down.

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