No critics at Bilodeau’s swearing in doesn’t vindicate him

In the Orange County Register this morning, Frank Mickadeit writes in his column that at Bilodeau’s swearing-in ceremony to the Orange City Council there was only one man that stood up to express concern regarding the criminal investigation of Denis Bilodeau.

Mickadeit writes as if Bilodeau is vindicated because of the no-show on behalf of critics:

Given all of the invective hurled at incoming Orange Councilman Denis Bilodeau this week, I figured I should show up to his swearing in Tuesday night. His trashing on a Web site and in a newspaper ad would bring out the righteous to take him to task in public for allegedly stealing a campaign sign. (And let’s be clear: The sign he supposedly “stole” wasn’t promoting an opponent; it was a sign deriding Bilodeau.)

First off, we can cut out the “supposedly stole” and “allegedly stealing” crap. He did it. In fact, here is video of him doing it:[ev type="youtube" data="CwU5LnsOQqs"][/ev]

Contrary to the tone that Mickadeit took with this story, the fact that Bilodeau’s critics didn’t show up at his swearing-in ceremony doesn’t prove his innocence…it only proves that his critics are classy folks that are willing to let the District Attorney handle this one.

If you’re interested in reading the police report (wherein the new Orange City Councilman clearly lies to police officers, click here).

[Frank Mickadeit’s column]

  10 comments for “No critics at Bilodeau’s swearing in doesn’t vindicate him

  1. December 7, 2006 at 10:09 am

    Mike:

    Suddenly you’re concerned about the destruction of campaign signs?

  2. December 7, 2006 at 10:12 am

    Jubal:

    Suddenly you’re not?

  3. December 7, 2006 at 10:19 am

    And for the record, I called the people vandalizing Tan Nguyen’s signs criminals. Yes I documented the vandalization–and some (including Jubal) criticized me for that saying that I was basically encouraging vandals (as if graffiti vandals are reading orange county political blogs).

    But where is the outrage when the Republican gets caught tearing down signs?

    Aren’t any of you worried about Bilodeau outright LYING to police officers?

  4. Publius
    December 7, 2006 at 10:37 am

    Someone must have reminded Frank that his real job is sucking up to and spinning for the OC Republican establishment.
    Look for a future column on what a great guy Jeff Nielsen is.
    And a series on all the GOP climbers who met their rich, powerful and lonely mentors in the steamroom at the Balboa Bay Club on Fuentes Fridays.

  5. December 7, 2006 at 5:14 pm

    Mike:

    1) I never said I wasn’t concerned about Denis’ actions. You’re saying I’m not.

    2) You consistently made light of the vandalization of Tan Nguyen’s signs and the tone of your coverage was as if it were a form of urban art.

    3) Denis was stupid to do what he did. And he was evasive with the police officer. But you know what — it’s in the system now, and the system will deal with it.

    4) I’m at a loss at how you can term Dave and Carol Rudat “classy.”

  6. December 7, 2006 at 9:27 pm

    -the fact that Bilodeau’s critics didn’t show up at his swearing-in ceremony doesn’t prove his innocence…it only proves that his critics are classy folks that are willing to let the District Attorney handle this one-

    Either that or traffic was a bitch coming up from their election off season home on the coast!

  7. December 8, 2006 at 3:53 pm

    Matt / Jubal:

    The “you’re not concerned” comment was a quip. More sarcasm than anything. I know that you’re respectful of laws, and wouldn’t advise candidates to do what Denis did.

    If I were to defend the quip, though, I would just say that you assume that I am concerned about Denis’ actions because I blogged about it. And I assumed that you were less concerned than I am because you haven’t blogged about it.

    And I wasn’t referring specifically to Carol and Dave being classy…I just thought that it was classy that there wasn’t an organized effort to spoil Denis’ swearing-in ceremony by the folks that are critical of him at this time.

    We can agree that it’s in the system now, and the system will deal with it.

    To Thomas Gordon,

    Yeah. Another possibility is that the Rudat’s have finally decided to furnish that house they own in Orange…furnishing a second home is pretty tiring.

    :)

  8. December 9, 2006 at 7:16 am

    funny how thin skinned that jubal guy is when it comes to people putting words in HIS mouth aint it mike?

  9. December 9, 2006 at 12:43 pm

    Serrach:

    I’ve noticed how thin-skinned you are when it come to me. It’s almost like your obsessed with how thin-skinned you perceive me to be.

  10. December 9, 2006 at 12:47 pm

    BTW, it was stupid and rash of Denis to take down that sign. I don’t think you’ll get an argument from anybody on that count. I understand his frame of mind and desire to take down those signs — they were cowardly, distorted smears by the Rudats. But he should have let them alone. He would have stomped Carol Rudat anyway. Yes, that’s easy for me to say because I wasn’t at the receiving end of those signs, but what Denis did was a violation of Campaigns 101.

    It’s in the legal system, and the legal system will work it out.

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