Why Fleischman Turned on Duvall

Assemblyman Mike Duvall (R-Yorba Linda)

Assemblyman Mike Duvall (R-Yorba Linda)

In a nutshell it looks like the California GOP Vice-Chair Jon Fleischman is up to his eyeballs in the “Open Mike” Duvall sex talk scandal.  Back in 2007 Fleischman’s wife Maureen worked for Mike Duvall on his Assembly staff.  Sources tell us she was let go for having an attitude problem. We are hearing it was something along the lines of a “do you know who I am” attitude that was the problem. At any rate, she no longer worked for Duvall and hence the cause of Fleischman’s dislike for Duvall that he expressed to the Register’s Brian Joseph yesterday.

From what we have been able to piece together, Assemblyman Jeff Miller was aware of Fleischman’s disdain for Duvall and figured he could use the information he had about his conversation with Duvall in the now infamous Assembly Appropriations Committee room to get Mike Schroeder to back off on support to fight the recall effort against him. Looks like that plan didn’t work too well for Miller so the story ended up leaking to R. Scott Moxley of the OC Weekly and Dave Lopez from KCAL.

John Fleischman (Blogger)

John Fleischman (Blogger)

On second thought, after being corrected about Schroeder’s connection to the recall (thanks Matt, it’s really difficult to keep track of who’s back Schroeder has his knife in from day to day) against Miller, it is probable that the leak could have been made by Miller or Fleischman. But it is clear to us that Fleischman was aware that the story had been leaked to other media and he sat on the information in order to orchestrate the uncharacteristically unified and instantaneous demands that Duvall resign when the story broke. Usually Republicans stand behind their disgraced politicians until the very last moment; Mike Carona, Fleischman’s former boss being a shining example.

While Fleischman may “live for the scoop” in his FlashReport life, he lives for the power in his GOP life. In this case power and revenge took control and Mike Duvall was just another casualty of war.

Fleischman and Schroeder may get two birds out of this one scandal. Jeff Miller, already in hot water and facing a recall, now has the additional baggage of being a member of the Assembly Ethics Committee and not reporting the inappropriate conduct of Mike Duvall. Not a good move for someone fighting to keep their seat against an attack from within his own party.

  5 comments for “Why Fleischman Turned on Duvall

  1. September 11, 2009 at 11:37 pm

    “Assemblyman Jeff Miller was aware of Fleischman’s disdain for Duvall and figured he could use the information he had about his conversation with Duvall in the now infamous Assembly Appropriations Committee room to get Mike Schroeder to back off on the recall effort against him.”

    There’s a small problem with that theory, Chris: Mike Schroeder isn’t involved with any recall against Jeff Miller.

    Schroeder is leading the recall against Anthony Adams.

  2. September 12, 2009 at 2:20 am

    Thanks Matt, I stand corrected. It’s really difficult to keep track of who’s back Schroeder has his knife in from day to day.

  3. John Q. Public
    September 12, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    The story going around Orange is that the Mayor of Orange, Carolyn Cavecche, leaked the tape. Her daughter Kendra was working in Mike Duvall’s Sacramento office as a staffer. Kendra certainly knew of its existence. Duvall had indicated he would run for the 3rd District OC Supervisor seat in 2012, which Carolyn Cavecche also has her eye on. She mysteriously left the country just before the news broke. Another potential opponent eliminated.

  4. kenlaysnotdead
    September 12, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    The story going around Brea right now is that THE CAL BEARS might outrank USC tomorrow!

    As to this. Larry the street guy, called this best.

    To everyone who talks shit…Remember:

    “There for the grace of God, go I”.

    Buy this guy a cup of coffee when you see him.

  5. RHackett
    September 15, 2009 at 6:41 am

    Where can I send a gift basket to Carolyn? Thanks are in order if she is responsible for helping expose this guy.

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