When I first saw Matt Cunningham’s post about this on Red County, I had to check the calendar.Â It’s not Christmas and my birthday was months ago. But there it was; a gift.Â Irvine Council member Steven Choi, a struggling Republican candidate for the AD-70 race, isÂ using a letter from Orange Juice publisher Art Pedroza to tout Choi’s candidacy.Â Choi, who’s his own best contributor to his own campaign, must be getting stir crazy in that tiny Woodbridge apartment.
Choi issued a flier warning Republicans about Jerry Amante.Â He cite’s the OC Progressive blog and Total Capitol as sources for Amante’s nickname of “Toll Road Jerry” which is funny enough, but then there’s the second half of the mailer — a letter to OC Republicans from Art Pedroza, who regularly refers to Republicans as the Taliban.Â Why Choi would use Pedroza to vouch for Choi’s conservative credentials just shows that whomever is running Choi’s campaign lacks any competence whatsoever.
As we’ve documented here, Pedroza is being sued for cybersquatting and trademark infringement when he acquired domain names related to this blog, individuals who blog for it, our friends and my business. Pedroza demanded $1,000 to $2,000 for each domain name and when we refused, Pedroza redirected those domains to the North American Man Boy Love Association (NAMBLA), a group that advocates legalized sex between adult men and adolescent boys, and Pedroza routed other domains to gay porn sites.Â
So is Choi really throwing his hat behind an chracter reference from a man who promoted gay porn and sex between men and young boys on web sites he owned?Â Looks like he has.Â
Did Choi know that Pedroza is being sued by two banks for credit card fraud?Â Does Choi know Pedroza’s home is in foreclosure?Â This of course makes Pedroza the model of a fiscal conservative, a blogger content to tell elected officials how they should spend tax dollars when its clearly obviously he has no idea how to manage his own personal finances.
And better still, Choi friend and former city council candidate Pat Rodgers going on in comments in Red County about what an honorable man Dr. Choi is.Â Pat, your friend used someone who essentially resorted to cyber-blackmail to smear our names and reputations by demanding money for a web domain related to private busniness names and redirected it to NAMBLA.Â At best, this is a collosal error in judgement on the part of Choi and at worst, should send a message to every Irvine parent who has a child enrolled in Dr. Choi’s school that he associates with someone of such character.
Defend Choi’s chracter all you want Pat.Â It’s there in black and white from Art Pedroza himself.Â Since Art rails against Republican Talibani “haters” who hate gay marriage, illegal immigration, and all things liberal, does this mean Dr. Choi has embraced Art’s pro-Gay-marriage stance?Â Is Dr. Choi for amnesty?Â Will Dr. Choi support the Dream Act for Latino youths?Â
Dr. Choi’s lame duck status on the Irvine city council starts the day after the primary election.Â But at leastÂ he and his family can park that white Mercedes in the driveway of their Woodbury home again.