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Highfalutin Fabian defends his lavish spending

October 12th, 2007 · 11 Comments

In the past few days, these stories have come out regarding Assembly Speaker Nuñez’s expenses from campaign funds. It has also been revealed that when he’s in Los Angeles, he lives with his campaign fundraiser in a luxury penthouse. Now there’s a lot of very wealthy politicians in America, no doubt about that, but what strikes me odd about our boy Fabian is that he has always worked in public service in positions where you wouldn’t expect one to acquire much wealth, starting with the LA County Federation of Labor and then LAUSD. He’s trying to tell us that he is not independently wealthy and cannot afford some of his travels on his own personal budget, so he resorts to using is campaign kitty. 

One columnist for the LA Times said that his favorite Fabian expenditure was a $5149 “meeting” at a wine shop in France. I certainly think that Nuñez could conduct official state business without these lavish expenses. If he needs to buy someone a gift or a token of appreciation, why can’t he give something from a local artisan in his district or hold a meeting in a more modest restaurant? High dollar doesn’t always equal high quality unfortunately. Is he really this arrogant to think that people would look the other way, especially the Latinos who threw so much support his way? Some of his trips abroad were to study infrastructure systems in Europe or climate change in Brazil. We have plenty of academics in the US studying these issues. Why didn’t he think to consult with any of them before hopping on a plane for a first class trip on his donors’ dime?

This guy has been so easily bought and sold. He’s becoming a poster boy for campaign finance reform and term limits.

Tags: Fabian Núñez

11 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Michaelr // Oct 12, 2007 at 3:35 pm

    I wonder if he’s penciled in all those photo-ops with Loretta and Hugh Hefner at the Playboy mansion. I understand he’s meeting with his real constituents over there.

  • 2 The Kaiser // Oct 12, 2007 at 3:45 pm

    The Mitchell Brothers are reserving a VIP room for Fabian and his inner staff to conference with those other constituents he has in San Francisco. I understand it will be a wine and cheese gathering, and that all the attendees that will there are six feet tall and resemble Barbie.

  • 3 Bearguez // Oct 12, 2007 at 4:34 pm

    Will he be serving that container full of wine he had shipped over from France at taxpayer expense? I would like to know…we would like to know…

  • 4 The Kaiser // Oct 12, 2007 at 4:37 pm

    Why are you concerned about that? You aren’t invited. You didn’t donate your annual salary to his campaign, and you don’t look like Barbie.

  • 5 webmaster // Oct 12, 2007 at 4:55 pm

    Bearguez,

    It wasn’t “taxpayer expense.” The money came from his Friends of Fabian account, which is made up of private donations from people who want to buy time with the Assembly speaker. I would love to hear the justification for the “meeting” in the wine shop though.

    My point is that he should be cautious with his donors’ money.

  • 6 El Gato // Oct 12, 2007 at 5:06 pm

    So am I correct in saying this is the new Boss Tweed? And I thought ex Republicans Randall “Duke Cunningham and Tom DeLay had that dubious honor.

  • 7 Bearguez // Oct 12, 2007 at 5:21 pm

    Webmaster; a large percentage of monies donated to U.S. politicians originate as taxpayer monies. Funds from unions originate as monies taken from union members from their after taxed wages. The Los Angeles County Federation of Labor has funneled millions of dollars into this man’s campaign funds, and where did that originate? Fabian Nunez does not see himself as a civil servant.

  • 8 Art Pedroza // Oct 14, 2007 at 12:20 am

    Nunez is a fraud. Just like Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido and his lame puppets David Benavides and Carlos Bustamante. These guys have forgotten where they came from.

    In fact the Santa Ana City Council, which is all-Latino, had agendized a resolution of support for the Dream Act, and Pulido had Benavides pull it off the agenda, so Bustamante, a Republican, would not have to publicly vote no against it. What joke! And Pulido is an immigrant from Mexico!

    Don’t get me started on Pulido’s millions…and his hobbies are speaking French and playing tennis. To top it all off, he is a vegetarian! We need to pull his Latino status and make him an honorary Minuteman.

    BTW, Pulido did appoint a Minuteman to our Library Board…

  • 9 webmaster // Oct 14, 2007 at 8:17 am

    Art Pedroza, thank you for your thoughts. I am not too familiar w/ Santa Ana politics, but I do think that Miguel Pulido runs that city like it is his fiefdom. He has been on that council for way too long.

    I hate to say it, but it seems that politicians from Mexico absorb a lot of the bad tricks and corruption that go on there. As one of the participants on this blogs likes to call it, a “third-world mentality” — which means that they don’t look too far into the future and only care about personal gain when they have an opportunity to enrich themselves. In many ways, we Americans aren’t much better, but in the third world, the corruption seems to brew more at the surface, whereas here, our leaders hide it a little better.

    You know, how hard would it have been for Fabian to admit that he made a mistake and will consider his donors and consituents before spending campaign money so freely? A simple apology would have gone a long way and would have stopped much of this examination of his spending. But no, he had to try to defend his spending and spin it that all of those bills were justified. His arrogance and unwillingness to admit that he did something wrong is what really bothers me.

  • 10 Dawn Muse // Dec 17, 2007 at 9:12 pm

    All these latino politician conduct themselves just like the South American dictators do. They get into office without having a POT TO PISS IN and while they are in office, they enrich themselves through various means.

    They should all be kicked out of office. Nunez reminds me of the saying, “you can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear.” … By the way, he wears the wrong suits if he wants to be taken seriously as a bon vivant. The suit to buy is a BRIONI ..

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