You have to admire the bloggers at the Orange Juice Blog for their ability to promote CD-49 Doug Applegate regardless of the performance in polls, pre-endorsement caucuses and the Convention. Clean enegry lawyer Mike Levin has been smoking Applegate in virtually every poll, straw poll and vote, yet Applegate – who got just 27% of the delegate vote Saturday as the leader in the race to be the next Congressional rep from CD-49 to the guy who got 53%. OJ cites Applegate’s legion of volunteers as the difference; but those volunteers were out in force in San Juan Capistrano and in San Diego and seemed to have little impact.
The San Diego Union Tribune thinks Democrats have an Applegate problem. From this column:
Doug Applegate came within a whisker of defeating Republican incumbent Darrell Issa in 2016, despite revelations that Applegate was accused of stalking, harassing and threatening his ex-wife, who obtained a restraining order against him in 2002 and another in 2004.
The retired Marine colonel also was ordered by the court to relinquish two firearms.
Applegate’s campaign manager at the time said the allegations were dismissed, the restraining orders rescinded, and his handguns were returned.
Still, that’s a lot of baggage under any circumstances, and even more so in the #MeToo era and at a time when Democrats have sharply criticized the Trump administration for hiring two White House aides who have been accused of domestic violence by ex-wives.
After details about Applegate’s contentious divorce surfaced in the fall of 2016, his former wife, Priscilla Greco, put out a statement defending him
The campaign issued a similar statement from Greco on Monday following the state Democratic convention in San Diego over the weekend.
“I’m disappointed that uninformed people are yet again making disrespectful and personal attacks against our family,” she said.
“We went through a difficult divorce as many people have, but to take things out of context and make Doug out to be an abuser is absurd. Doug and I are parents first, and we raised two amazing children together. I support his run for Congress and I will be voting for him in June and November 2018.”
Nevertheless, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and other top Democrats may be hard pressed to support Applegate and pour resources into his campaign. Like most everyone else, they were blindsided by Applegate’s background late in the 2016 campaign. They can’t say that now.
So Greg Diamond has accused me of spreading a “false rumor” that Applegate was preparing to fold his tent prior to the CDP Convention and instead run for San Diego County supervisor. Well, the Voice of San Diego is the news source that extensively reported that story. And from that story, this: “On Feb. 9, county officials confirm, Democrat Doug Applegate changed his primary residency from San Clemente to Oceanside — creating the possibility of running for the San Diego County Board of Supervisors’ 5th District.
That was two days after SEIU opened an independent expenditure committee in San Diego County to support him, should he decide to run. The only problem was that state law required he establish primary residency in the county district at least 30 days before the nomination period closed. The filing deadline is March 9.”
The Voice of San Diego also reported Applegate doesn’t have the funds to compete with Mike Levin or Sara Jacobs. Fundraising is an issue. And when I followed up on the story, sources told me Applegate missed the filing deadline for BoS by two days. My source said, “so now he’s all in for Congress again.”
So Applegate isn’t “holding the hill” as much as he’s “hanging by his fingernails.”
Another Diamond favorite, the “lie” or “Issa-invented slander” of Applegate who went through a tough divorce about 15 years ago. And let’s get it out there — a lot of time has passed and Applegate’s ex-wife has issued statements of support for her ex-husband’s congressional campaign as has his daughter. I have no reason to doubt they co-parented their children through a tough time and are now on friendly terms. But to call it “slander” or “lies” pretty much means you’ve called Applegate’s ex-wife a liar.
The court documents on this should be read with the hindsight that this all happened in 2002-2004. A link to the documents is provided from the Los Angeles Times which should make it reputable for anyone. So did the former Mrs. Applegate lie or slander? Read her statement then, especially in the context of the #metoo movement.
From Politico in 2016:
Retired Marine Colonel Douglas Applegate — a Southern California Democratic House candidate who was endorsed Monday by Attorney General Kamala Harris — was accused of “stalking,” harassing and threatening his ex-wife, who was granted two temporary restraining orders, according to court records on file in Orange County, California.Court records also show that the candidate in 2000 was charged with driving under the influence and pled guilty to reckless driving, then was ordered to attend a alcohol abuse program. In 2004, Applegate was also ordered by the California Superior Court to surrender two firearms related to the domestic violence accusations made by his then-wife, the records showed.
Applegate, in an interview with POLITICO, said that the accusations surfaced during a contentious divorce, and that “taking things out of context” does not fairly reflect what was a very difficult personal situation. He said the charges in the court documents reflected issues, including child custody, that have long since been resolved with his ex-wife and mother of his two children, who is now remarried.
“Allegations aren’t proof,” Applegate said. “The court looked at them [and] rejected any findings of wrongdoing on my part.”
Sure, so why surrender those firearms Colonel?
A restraining order was issued, weapons surrendered, and stalking was claimed. Applegate says no charges were ever filed. Peace was made. Time was passed. Applegate has his ex-wife’s endorsement. Good for everyone. But to say none of it is true is a joke.
In a post on OJ, there’s an interesting comment from cowardly commenter Ricardo Toro citing a business relationship between Levin and me which Toro “reported on.” Ricardo says he got a link forwarded to him by a relative of mine. This is hysterical. Except for my wife and kids, my entire family is Back East and has very little knowledge of my business dealings. And I know my wife or kids didn’t send Ricardo a thing, so he can walk that lie back any time he wants. Ricardo’s poke into my business wsas he found my client list from seven years ago. Such a sleuth!
I worked with Levin on CleanTechOC — now called Sustain OC — a trade organization developed to turn Orange County into the nation’s leading location for green and clean energy solutions. My services were provided pro-bono. No money changed hands and I’m proud of the work we did to bring good paying jobs to Orange County. I made some great contacts in this industry and had to stop because paying clients kept me busy. And it’s Ricardo’s “relationship with the truth” OJ editors ought to concern themselves with, not mine.
But thanks to Ricardo, I was reminded that I was in the car with Mike on the way to an LA Times interview when he told me he was engaged. If you want a real family values Democratic candidate for Congress, you’d be hard pressed to find anyone in the country that comes close to Mike Levin.
Back to Applegate; character matters. His comments directed at Hillary Clinton post election show he lacks character and lacks class.