In one of the nastiest pieces of mail I’ve seen in Irvine, there’s a pro-Choi slate/anti-Agran slate mailer that suggests because Agran, Krom and Kang didn’t support a measure to toughen laws about convicted sex predators in Irvine’s parks, and there was a photo and quote from OC DA Tony Rackaukas condemning the vote. The problem is Tony Rack’s quote is either false or taken completely out of context. It was so bad, Tony Rack did a Robo call to assure Irvine residents that our parks are not overrun with child rapists and child pornographers. In fact, TonyRackRoboCall, Tony Rack says this isn’t true anyway in Orange County but especially not Irvine.
So I asked Dr. No about this deceptive mailer and how he could claim Irvine parks were overrun with rapists and child pornographers when Dr. Choi has a political association with someone who thinks NAMBLA is parody? I reminded Dr. Choi of his failed state assembly run in 2010 where his campaign sent a mailer with a letter from Santa Ana blogger Art Pedroza promoting the Choi Assembly campaign. Readers will remember this blog won two federal lawsuits against Mr. Pedroza for linking websites related to this blog, our bloggers and my PR business to gay porn sites and the North American May Boy Love Association (NAMBLA), an organization that advocates for legalized sex between adult men and underage boys. Pedroza’s defense was the gay porn and NAMBLA links were parody, and protected free speech. A federal judge disagreed and Pedroza owes more than $55,000 in unpaid legal judgments after trying to evade the suits with his second bankruptcy filing.
Dr. Choi had no witty comeback. “Please leave,” he said.
Choi chose to associate himself with this man of questionable character, a man who used gay porn and NAMBLA to attempt to blackmail his political enemies. What does this say about Choi’s judgment?
And now that Tony Rack’s robocall throws water on these claims, I’ll go back to my statements to Dr. Choi last night. I asked him how he could issue those mailers when he knowingly used Pedroza to promote his candidacy for assembly. Did he, Choi, think NAMBLA is funny? Why would you associate yourself with someone who promoted gay porn on websites he owned?
“Please go away!,” muttered Dr. No.
And at that point, I was happy to. My wife had just texted asking where I was with the shredded parm and the pesto was ready.
It’s remarkable what you can come away with in a less than 5 minute encounter. A lie, evidence of intellectual copyright theft, a denial of an uncomfortable association. What is apparent is Dr. Choi lacks the leadership ability to be dogcatcher let alone Mayor. Voters in Irvine should send Dr. Choi to a speedy retirement after voting tomorrow.