Lorraine Prinsky candidate for Coast Community College District Trustee held a press conference today on the steps of the Old Orange County Courthouse regarding the misleading mailer sent our by District Chairman Armando Ruiz. Below are her remarks as prepared for delivery.
Santa Ana, CA – My name is Lorraine Prinsky.Â I am a university professor at CSUF where I have taught for over 35 years.Â I am a candidate for a seat in the Coast Community College District Area 3 because of my interest in quality higher education and because of my concerns about the ethics of the incumbent in my area, Armando Ruiz.Â
While I have been aware of my opponent’s previous ethical lapses, I am shocked and dismayed by the recent actions of a one-man committee formed in the past few weeks for the purpose of deceiving the voters in our district.Â
As we meet here today, Mr. Ruiz is traveling to a conference in New York at District expense, spending thousands of dollars that should have been used for educational purposes in these tough financial times.Â Â
Mr. Ruiz‘s use of the Student Trustee’s picture for political gain is appalling. Â The Student Trustee is appointed by the Board and the District’s students to represent the interest of students in educational matters, not political campaigns.Â I am appalled that Armando Ruiz has manipulated and used the student trustee to make it look as if this student was endorsing him.Â Mr. Ruiz‘s inappropriate and unethicalÂ actionsÂ have compromised the integrity of the Student Trustee position.
Mr. Ruiz has further abused his position by using this “committee” to solicit large contributions from district vendors to pay for the campaign mailer in question. This is unacceptable.
As an educator and member of the Coast Community College District community, I am deeply disappointed in the example that Mr. Ruiz’s conduct sets for students, and for elected officials within our community.
Mr. Ruiz has continued to abuse his position of public trust and reached a new low. As a taxpayer, I am outraged.