And It Gets Stranger And Stranger...
We all laughed at the drama that took place at the Registrar of Voters office yesterday. As each of these kind of events take place we chuckle and think, "Well, it can't get any stranger than that!" We were wrong.
NEW INFO ON RIGHEIMER AND THE P.I. EVENT
Tonight Orange County Register columnist and running buddy of the current power elite in Costa Mesa, Frank Mickadeit, published a fascinating column, HERE, in which he reveals "details" of the Great P.I. Stalking Righeimer event last summer.
GETTING "DIRT" ON MONAHAN
According to Mickadeit, the Private Investigator, Chris Lanzillo, confided to him Thursday that his mission on the day he tailed Costa Mesa Mayor Pro Tem Jim Righeimer from Skosh Monahan's pub to his home after contacting the Costa Mesa Police Department and reporting Righeimer as a probable drunk driver was actually to observe councilman Gary Monahan in some kind of an unsavory liaison with a planted operative at his pub. His goal was to "get dirt" on Monahan.
I'll let you read Mickadeit's story yourself and form whatever judgments you might have on your own. However, a couple things bother me about his story.
IS LANZILLO LYING OR JUST NOT VERY GOOD?
He says Lanzillo told him his assignment was to catch Monahan in a compromising position with the bimbo in the "low-cut top", yet - apparently on a whim - he follows Righeimer out on the chance that he might catch him driving drunk. Really? This just doesn't smell right. Either Lanzillo is lying or he's the least reliable P.I. I've ever heard of!
FEAR OF THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY?
And then there is this comment attributed to Lanzillo after he said he wouldn't talk with the District Attorney's office because, "I can't trust them. I'm not going to talk. They are all affiliated with each other." If there's even a snippet of truth to that paranoid statement, then we all should be just a little nervous.
SPEAKING OF SMEARING...
Mickadeit includes this sentence in his closing paragraph: "Until we find out who was behind this, the whole union-based, anti-Measure V/anti-Righeimer faction is smeared." Well, I've been an outspoken critic of Righeimer and his bogus charter from the instant he proposed it. I assume Mickadeit includes me in his much-too broad brush indictment and resent it very much. For him to assign guilt to anyone, or any group, before any kind of investigation has been completed is sloppy journalism, irresponsible and just plain wrong. But, then, I guess I shouldn't assign my ethical standards to a guy who spends a lot of time bellied up to Monahan's bar, then writes these kind of pieces. The readers should take this article with a grain of salt, even though the information it provides may be the tip of a very insidious ice berg of misbehavior in our city.
GET TO THE BOTTOM OF IT!
If Lanzillo was, indeed, hired by someone or some organization to perform the kind of surveillance and entrapment described in Mickadeit's column it, while perhaps not illegal, is despicable and unacceptable in the politics of our city. I hope the District Attorney or, as a friend suggested, the Grand Jury investigates this situation and gets to the bottom of it regardless where the investigation takes them.