As you have no doubt read here on the Liberal OC and elsewhereÃ‚Â Jeffrey Neilsen, theÃ‚Â son of former Fountain Valley Mayor Ben Neilsen and a former aide to Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, was sentenced to three years in prison yesterday for being a child rapist.Ã‚Â This story is not news to anyone that reads the OC Weekly, R. Scott Moxley has almost exclusively covered the story in the local media.Ã‚Â What comes as a shock to me is how local GOP operatives want to claim that this story should not be tied to the local party in any way and that Rohrabacher should not face any scrutiny about it.
Matt Cunningham (aka Jubal) of Red County responded to Andrew Davey’s post on this subject by saying, “Do you honestly believe Dana RohrabacherÃ‚Â had any clue about Jeff NielsenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s behavior?”.Ã‚Â This was the same response that Rohrabacher gave to the OC RegisterÃ‚Â in a November 2006 article about the child rapist Neilsen.Ã‚Â Rohrabacher claimed that “he had no idea what Nielsen did in his personal life”.Ã‚Â I guess they feel that by claiming ignorance Taliban Dana should be absolved completely.Ã‚Â Not so fast fellas.
As Moxley pointed out in a November 2006 Weekly Article, “Rohrabacher vouched for Nielsen’s character in a personal letter of recommendation he wrote to get his hand-picked pal into USC’s law school”.Ã‚Â Why would someone vouch for a person’s character if they had “no idea” what they did in their “personal life”?Ã‚Â How can you vouch for the character of somebody that you don’t know what their character is?Ã‚Â Either Rohrabacher lied about knowing anything about Neilsen’s personal life or he lied when he vouched for his character in that letter of recommendation to USC.
This would not be the first time that Taliban Dana wasn’t forthcoming with the truth about his relationship with the child rapist Neilsen.Ã‚Â In the same November 2006 Register articleÃ‚Â Taliban Dana downplayed Neilsen’s employment by saying that, “Nielsen worked for him for a few months after Nielsen graduated from college.”Ã‚Â However it is a well known fact that, as Moxley pointed out, “Rohrabacher handpicked Nielsen to relocate from Orange County to Virginia and serve as his congressional aide in D.C.”.Ã‚Â It was during this time that Neilsen repeatedly raped and molested a 13-year old Virginia boy.
The child rapist also maintained close ties to Orange County GOP Chairman Scott Baugh.Ã‚Â Baugh and Neilsen hung out, partied and evenÃ‚Â traveled together.Ã‚Â Baugh, while the minority leader in the state assembly, like Taliban Dana employed Neilsen as an aide.Ã‚Â It was Baugh that managed to get the child rapist a job at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips a powerfully connected law firm.Ã‚Â And when Jeffy was arrested in 2003 it was Scott Baugh that received the first phone call from Neilsen.
Baugh and Rohrabacher aren’t the only members of the party leadership to show “love” for the child rapist.Ã‚Â DA “Tony Rack” hired him to work as a prosecution analyst and Mike Schroeder, like Taliban Dana, wrote him a letter of recommendation.Ã‚Â Moxley has extensively covered all this but I think it bears repeating.
Again for most of us this is just a rehash, but for those who don’t know the story I would hope that you would want to educate yourselves to the truth.Ã‚Â Here are the links to Moxley’s stories on this:Ã‚Â 10/6/05, 9/28/06, 10/4/06, 11/5/06, 3/25/08.
To be clear I do not blame the local Republican Party for the actions of Jeffrey Neilsen and I don’t believe that his being a child rapist has anything to do with his being a Republican.Ã‚Â I do however find it quite disingenuous for folks to now claim that they barely knew Neilsen and that they hadÃ‚Â no way of knowing what he did in his personal life.Ã‚Â All the evidence points to the contrary.Ã‚Â If what the GOP leaders claim is the truth, they sure went way out of their way to help someone they barely knew or knew anything about.Ã‚Â That just doesn’t pass the smell test.