Sex Sells – My thoughts on Former Assemblymember Michael Duvall

September 11th, 2009 · 13 Comments

Back in May, I was up in Sacramento with an advocacy group that I participate with to address Assembly Bill 98, which would extend maternity benefits to private insurers. In many private insurance plans that women purchase on their own in the open market, basic maternity services are excluded or extremely expensive. One of the Assembly members that my group was assigned to speak with was Michael Duvall, who wasn’t in his office at the time so we had to talk to one of his staffers. In the meeting, it became apparent that the staffer wasn’t particularly interested in the substance of AB 98, and instead went on to tell us that his boss was not in favor of putting any sort of requirement or regulation on health insurers. We couldn’t sway his office even appealing to the common sense of basic maternal health for women in California, which I found somewhat ironic given Duvall’s purported family values record.

Fast forward a few months, and we discover that Duvall is literally in bed with lobbyists, bragging about his conquests on an open microphone during a committee meeting earlier this summer. Allegedly, one of the lobbyists that Duvall has been with works for Sempra Energy, which is convenient since he was the Vice chair of the Assembly Utilities and Commerce Committee. When this story broke, I couldn’t help but think of Representative Loretta Sanchez, who is allegedly involved in a romantic relationship with a homeland and defense lobbyist which I have documented here.

Like Duvall, Congresswoman Sanchez’s alleged conquest lobbies in areas that are clearly related to her own committee assignments. But given that, the difference is that Rep. Sanchez has been mum on the issue, and this might be an area where being a woman is an advantage. Since there are fewer women in politics, I think that there might be some reluctance to pursue a story like hers. Also, Congresswoman Sanchez has never been one to go on a family values bender like some of her more conservative colleagues, so there really isn’t a witch hunt to catch her engaging in something “naughty.” This is a woman who has no qualms about holding a fundraiser at the Playboy mansion and who will avoid answering any questions probing her donor relationship with Hugh Hefner. Contrast Sanchez’s behavior with Duvall who was eager to kiss or in this case “spank” and tell.

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Photo Credit: Former Assemblyman Duvall’s official portrait & Loretta Sanchez’s infamous 2008 Holiday Card

Tags: ethics · health care · Rep. Loretta Sanchez

13 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Paul // Sep 12, 2009 at 9:06 am

    “Family Values” California state assemblyman representing Orange County, Republican Michael D. Duvall, resigns for apparently not cheating on his wife with a lobbyist. Well you have to take his word for it, or maybe believe that hypocrisy has been bred in. In my opinion the Republican Party has been taken over the most extreme religious right (people who love to push their beliefs on others while trying to take away rights of those they just hate) and that’s who they need to extract from their party if they real want to win. Good Luck, because as they said in WACO, “We Ain’t Coming Out”. He is just another name that can be added to the list of Republican 2009 summer of love: Senator John Ensign (NV), Senator Paul Stanley (TN), Governor Mark Stanford (SC), SC Board of Ed Chair, Kristin Maguire (AKA Bridget Keeney).

  • 2 El Cholo // Sep 12, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    Of course there’s a double standard in American politics. Female Congressional and State representatives can just show up to meetings, produce very little legislation, and in Loretta Sanchez’s case openly fraternize with hedonist groups, publicly flaunt their personal relationships with lobbyists, and fiscally enrich themselves through their public office. Although the OC Weekly has written about Loretta Sanchez’s disturbing public behavior numerous times, the major print and television media have largely ignored her self-serving antics. I am sure if her name was Lou Smith, she wouldn’t be getting the same pass. But since Loretta Sanchez represents a largely populated Latino Congressional district, the media as a whole isn’t interested representing, or protecting the public needs of the voters in that particular Congressional district.

  • 3 Ricardo // Sep 12, 2009 at 11:59 pm

    I’m old enough to remember when there actually were “liberals” in the Republican Party. Decades ago in the 1960’s. No longer. Goldwater, Nixon and Reagan turned the GOP into the party of the far right. The Democratic Party should make Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln “honorary” Democrats. There is no place for them or their beliefs in the modern Republican Party.

    As for Loretta Sanchez, I’m willing to give her a pass on any and all personal indiscretions for the rest of her political career. She ousted Bob Dornan from congress. For that, I am eternally grateful. The nation is in her debt. All the rest is insignificant.

  • 4 kyledeb // Sep 13, 2009 at 6:50 pm

    I’m trying to find your contact info, but I don’t think I have it. Can you email me at kyle at citizenorange dot com when you get the chance?

  • 5 Red Baron // Sep 14, 2009 at 2:24 am

    Yes, a woman pol has a definite advantage in the area of adultery. If one looks at the history of American political sex scandals, there is not one single woman politician on the roster. Of course, it has something to do with differences in male and female behavior, but there is also a clear double standard here. The allegations concerning Loretta’s homewrecking adultery with her assigned military escort have been detailed here and elsewhere for several years, yet no “mainstream” media have shown any interest in this story. They investigate and publish every detail of the Gov. Sanford, Sen. Ensign, Assemblyman Duvall, John Edwards, Gavin Newsome and Mayor Villariagosa stories (to name a few), but ignore Loretta. Would someone please tell me why?

    The LA Times ran an article about Loretta’s excessive use of congressional travel privileges this past Sunday (link below). Why didn’t they also note that she used such travel to pursue her adulterous relationship with her assigned military travel escort? Basically, she used her travel privileges to obtain tax-payer funding of her honeymoons with a married military officer, which led to his early retirement from the Army and divorce. When a congressMAN did that a few years ago, the scandal was investigated and reported widely (google Vito Fossella). But not Loretta!,0,5694895.story

  • 6 BettyM // Sep 14, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    Women are not “caught” in these scandals because they are not bragging about their behavior!!

  • 7 El Cholo // Sep 14, 2009 at 11:52 pm

    This is exactly how we found out about Jack Einwechter, Loretta’s lobbyist boyfriend.

  • 8 theKaiser // Sep 15, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    That’s right; Loretta flaunts this relationship pretty publicly. It’s almost as if she’s thumbing her nose at everyone, saying “look what I can do and you can’t.”

  • 9 Michaelr // Sep 15, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    Men are mostly pigs when it comes to sex. And Loretta has been exclusively male in her flaunting of her White Prize.

  • 10 Red Baron // Sep 21, 2009 at 6:34 am

    Perhaps we should also inquire about yet another man Loretta recently was seen with exchanging obviously romantic gestures with at a Cal State Fullerton Concert in September. The OC Register ran a photo of them together at that event. Anyone know anything about him?

  • 11 Paul // Sep 23, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    But let’s get back to the real problem of political corruption, does anyone think this will get investigated and that things he voted on will need to be affirmed by the remaining members or will nothing happen? Do I hear Tammy Wynette, “Stand By Your Man” playing in the background? I remember not so long ago that other Orange County song favorite, “Stand By Your Tan” (for Tan Nguyen). But that’s another Orange County fool.

  • 12 Michaelr // Sep 23, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    Of course it won’t get investigated. The GOP doesn’t go after its own. And I am sure 80-85% of the public servants in Sacramento are hiding all kinds of illegal activity. Just look at the car/and mileage perks associated with those public thieves, and their hush hush attempts to give themselves pay raises. This is why they resign so quickly, to prevent further public exposure.

    The amazing behavioral issue with Loretta Sanchez is her belief that she is entirely above the law, and can do anything she wants. She openly sleeps with a lobbyist during extensive business with the Congressional Armed Services committee. And the GOP doesn’t make threats regarding this. That is what is so disturbing about her public life, and the fact she just occupies space on Capitol Hill, and profits from it.

  • 13 Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez & the Lobbyists! // Dec 13, 2009 at 7:15 pm

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