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Mimi Walters - CA45 Rep missing in action?
« on: February 01, 2017, 08:35:58 PM »
Has anyone met Mimi Walters at community events, town halls or been able to get useful info from her staff?

I've lived in a bunch of districts over the years (both R and D) and generally at least the staff is accessible.

Her social media presence is amusing too. Very tone deaf to her constituents. Anyway, curious if anyone else has had experience with her?

Also, have seen some stories about abuse in a couple biz she used to own. Basically taking millions in CA tax payer dollars, ripping off her contractors and then shutting down the biz (kind of like Trump)? She then hired a chief of staff who had to resign last year due to federal corruption charges.
CA45 Rep Mimi Walters
DC: 202-225-5611
Irvine: 949-263-8703
Consider requesting Mimi do a town hall (in Irvine) soon.

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Re: Mimi Walters - CA45 Rep missing in action?
« Reply #1 on: February 01, 2017, 08:41:12 PM »
Here are the corruption stories. I think she got cleared but she seems to have a knack for surrounding herself with some shady characters.

http://m.ocregister.com/news/walters-360639-companies-sen.html

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/275491-california-lawmakers-chief-of-staff-resigns-after-indictment

CA45 Rep Mimi Walters
DC: 202-225-5611
Irvine: 949-263-8703
Consider requesting Mimi do a town hall (in Irvine) soon.

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Re: Mimi Walters - CA45 Rep missing in action?
« Reply #2 on: February 02, 2017, 05:31:52 AM »
When this house seat opened up in 2014, I hoped for a competitive race but instead she was hand selected by the powers that be and won both the primary and generally election in landslides with 100X the campaign chest than her opponent.

And we wonder why the avg American thinks politicians are corrupt.

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Re: Mimi Walters - CA45 Rep missing in action?
« Reply #3 on: February 02, 2017, 07:31:01 PM »
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/votes/115-2017/h71

Mimi supported Trump's gutting of an anti-corruption measure, making it easy for energy companies to make secret payments to foreign governments (i.e. Bribes).

Consider asking her to do a town hall soon. She seems terrified of talking to her Irvine and MV constituents.
CA45 Rep Mimi Walters
DC: 202-225-5611
Irvine: 949-263-8703
Consider requesting Mimi do a town hall (in Irvine) soon.

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Re: Mimi Walters - CA45 Rep missing in action?
« Reply #4 on: February 02, 2017, 09:34:08 PM »
btw, ~200 people at Mimi's offices this week wanting to hear from her...


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DC: 202-225-5611
Irvine: 949-263-8703
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Re: Mimi Walters - CA45 Rep missing in action?
« Reply #5 on: February 04, 2017, 12:17:21 AM »
http://townhall.com/news/politics-elections/2017/02/02/house-roll-call-gun-background-checks-n2280721

Mimi Walters is helping ensure the severely mentally ill have no problem buying guns. So refugees dangerous but don't worry about the severely mentally ill with guns?
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DC: 202-225-5611
Irvine: 949-263-8703
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Re: Mimi Walters - CA45 Rep missing in action?
« Reply #6 on: February 08, 2017, 10:15:51 PM »

http://www.latimes.com/politics/essential/la-pol-ca-essential-politics-updates-group-plans-to-drop-off-900-signature-1486507106-htmlstory.html

Irvine's Rep. Mimi Walters got a petition with 1,000 signatures today asking her to hold a town hall
 
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Activists held a rally and dropped off a petition signed by more than 1,000 people at Rep. Mimi Walters' Irvine office today that asks the Republican congresswoman to hold a town hall.

Billing the event as the "Will We Be Locked Out Again? The Suspense Is Killing Us" rally, activists converged outside of Walters' office for a third week to ask for a town hall.

The requested town hall would be on “time-sensitive questions related to the Trump agenda."

Organizer Anna Athena Reyes said she faxed the petition to Walters' offices and dropped off a printed copy in person, after trying to ensure that the signers were all actually Walters' constituents through address searches and other means.

Walters won her district by a large margin, but hers is one of seven Republican-held congressional districts in California where Hillary Clinton received more votes than President Trump did. Democrats say they plan to target all seven in the 2018 election.

"Our staff is in the office, working on casework, on behalf of residents of California’s 45th District. Members of this protest group have repeatedly harassed the congresswoman’s staff and have personally targeted specific staff members. These disruptions prevent us from working for our constituents," Walters spokeswoman Abigail Sigler said in a statement that was nearly identical to the statement provided to The Times the last time the group visited Walters' office.

Reyes said the congresswoman shouldn't characterize constituents who disagree with her as opponents.

"She has made it clear that she sees me, and the majority of her constituents who voted against Trump and his agenda, as opponents,” Reyes said. "If Walters sees constituents voicing their concerns and asking to have access to her as 'harassment,' then it seems she may need to review the definition of 'harassment' as well as what her congressional duty is to properly represent all of her constituents."

Indivisible OC and other groups also organized rallies Tuesday at the offices of Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Costa Mesa) and Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista). They are part of a network of groups trying to use tea party-like tactics to fight Trump .

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Re: Mimi Walters - CA45 Rep missing in action?
« Reply #7 on: February 09, 2017, 10:21:05 PM »
Yeah right now looks like she's in hiding, scared to make any public appearances. She did a couple town halls last year so no reason not to do one again soon. But the ones last year where in safe territory. She fears the Irvine crowd.
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DC: 202-225-5611
Irvine: 949-263-8703
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Re: Mimi Walters - CA45 Rep missing in action?
« Reply #9 on: March 24, 2017, 11:06:50 PM »
Thought this was interesting. U can't get away with faking ur address to go to iusd but some pols can get away with it.

http://www.orangejuiceblog.com/2014/07/if-mimi-walters-were-from-la-shed-be-prison-bound-her-staffer-apparently-thinks-thats-good/

If Mimi Walters Were from LA, She’d Be Prison-Bound; Her Staffer Apparently Thinks That That’s Good

It should be clear to everyone by now that Mimi Walters lied about her residency in order to be elected to the 37th District State Senate seat in 2012.  She pretended that her permanent residence was a forlorn and mostly barren apartment in Irvine rather than her mansion in Laguna Niguel.  (Here, I even WROTE A SONG ABOUT IT.)

She swore under oath that that apartment was her permanent residence — and told the world that it was not just her permanent residence, but that of her entire family as well.  She had THAT MUCH contempt for the intelligence of voters.

California law requires that any candidate for state legislature must live in the district that they represent.  This means not just where they lay their head at night; it refers to their domicile — their residence for voting purposes — which means “a place where one intends to remain and return after an absence.”  When Walters (presumably) voted for herself, as well as for any other candidates in districts including her Irvine faux-residence as well as her actual Laguna Niguel domicile, she also committed felony voter fraud.

But how do we know that Walters intended to “go back” and live in her mansion when she was no longer required to pretend otherwise?

Here’s some persuasive evidence: after Mimi Walters was elected, she was no longer required by law to live in the district.  So, at some point, she moved her residence back to where it had been for years — her Laguna Niguel mansion.  From there, she can lawfully run for Congress anywhere in the state of California.

In fact, we know that she moved back there because when she filled out her candidacy forms this year, SHE FLAT OUT ADMITTED IT.  (Better, I suppose, than committing perjury and voter fraud yet again!)

In Los Angeles, two politicians pulled stunts similar to — but if anything less extreme than — that of Mimi Walters at around the same time.  One of them, Rod Wright, was duly prosecuted by the LA County District Attorney and convicted in a jury trial, leading him to be suspended from the State Senate.  Republicans, of course, have had a field day with this, carefully focusing on the fact that they have to not focus at all on Mimi Walters having done the same thing.

Now, yet another LA politician has been convicted of a felony voter fraud and perjury in a jury trial — for doing pretty much exactly what Mimi Walters did.  Former Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarconhas been considered someone with room to continue to rise in state and local politics — but no more.

Former Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon and his wife were convicted Wednesday of some but not all voter-fraud and perjury charges brought in a case that accused them of lying about where they lived so he would be qualified to run for his council seat. … Prosecutors said Alarcon lied when he swore that he lived in a home in Panorama City in L.A.’s 7th Council District so he could run in 2007 and 2009 to represent the district, which he did until last year. They said he actually lived in a bigger home outside the district in Sun Valley. The L.A. City Charter requires that candidateslive in the districts they seek to represent.  … During the trial, defense attorneys failed to convince the jury that the Alarcons were renovating the Panorama City home and planned to return to it, and so it qualified as their permanent residence. California law defines residence for voting purposes as a “domicile,” a place where one intends to remain and return after an absence.

At least Alarcon had a plausible cover story, renovations, for why he had “temporarily” moved elsewhere without changing her cover story.  What’s was the cover story for Mimi Walters?  Pretty much nothing except that her eligibility for office couldn’t be challenged on it in a private action in court.  Only the State Senate could expel her — which, somehow, they still haven’t done — and only a prosecutor could go after her.

Essentially, in other words, her explanation was: “I’m an establishment Republican and the Orange County District Attorney is Tony Rackauckas, so you can go pound sand.”  This transparent refusal to do his job if it meant going against establishment Republicans is one of the reasons that I ran against Rackauckas in the first place — managing almost 77,500 votes against him for, not counting the filing fee, about a penny apiece.  (It’s not simply the corruption that bothers me, it’s the brazenness of it, and the lack of interest in it in most circles.)

Mimi and Tony in OITNB
One could read more into this than the light and absurd  frivolity that is intended. OJB cautions you against doing so.

So Alarcon’s conviction is one good reason to rehash this story now.  A good reason — but not the funniest one.

You see, Mimi Walters has a staffer named Cecilia Iglesias, who wanted to run for State Assembly against Tom Daly — a man himself possessing some significant connections to the GOP establishment, and who has also gotten beneficent negligence from Rackauckas.  But to the shock of many, not least Iglesias, she was beaten out by a woman named Sherry Walker, who is married to Adam Nick, who is running this year against Loretta Sanchez.

Nick doesn’t have to live in the district to run against Loretta; federal law supersedes state law for Congressional races and it says that one just has to live in the state.  But Walker does have to live in the district — and she has lived (and arguably still remains domiciled) in Lake Forest.

So — you see where this is going, right? — Iglesias has filed a complaint against Walker.  Here it is, in its glory:

PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

State Assembly candidate may have violated residency requirements and acted to deceive the voters

69th Assembly District candidate Cecilia “Ceci” Iglesias calls for investigation into election irregularities and violations

Santa Ana – Cecilia “Ceci” Iglesias, who narrowly lost in the June 3 Primary Election in the 69th Assembly District, has filed a formal complaint against neophyte Republican candidate Sherry Walker.

In a letter to Secretary of State Debra Bowen’s Election Fraud Investigation Unit, Iglesias alleges Walker violated residency requirements and conspired to deceive voters who live in Santa Ana and parts of Anaheim, Garden Grove and Orange.

“I recently received new information which shows an intentional pattern by Walker, to openly violate residency requirements and to fraudulently mislead the voters of this district”, said Iglesias. “This is a slap in the face to all Californians who want fair elections.”

The 69th is one of the most densely populated Latino Assembly Districts in California. Over 76% of its 127,097 voters have Spanish surnames. After June 3, when all 21,365 votes were counted, incumbent one-term Assemblyman Democrat Tom Daly garnered 55% of votes cast.

But Republican results were startling. Longtime Santa Ana resident and popular elected Santa Ana Unified School Board Trustee Iglesias, the endorsed GOP candidate, was nudged out of the number two spot by only 583 votes, by completely unknown Republican Walker.

Said Iglesias, “Anyone who files a nomination for candidate knowing that any part of it has been made falsely has broken California Elections law.” Continued Iglesias, “Even her name is part of campaign fakery and election myth. Walker was born two days before Sherry Nick, aka Shahrzad Rahgozar, aka Shehrzad Rahgozar filed to be a candidate in this District race.”

69th Assembly District candidate Walker and her husband Lake Forest Councilman Adam Nick have been described by noted OC Politics blogger Art Pedroza as “perhaps the most brazen carpetbaggers in Orange County election history.”

Under California’s Election code, a candidate must demonstrate physical residence of at least one year duration to be eligible to run in a district. As a bona fide elected Lake Forest Council Member, both Mr. and Mrs. Adam Nick must live not in the 69th Assembly District, but inside Lake Forest’s incorporated City limits, 15 miles away.

The home address of 9 MacArthur Ave., #809, in Santa Ana, filed on March 5, 2014 by candidate Walker, to run as Republican candidate in 69th Assembly District is in fact, not her legal residence, but belongs instead to Syavosh Zavarei a close political ally of hers and a Republican gadfly.

California’s State Constitution protects residents’ civil rights, which include democratic election of local representatives. California Election Code requires State Office candidates to demonstrate firm residency where they intend to serve and show familiarity with the district they wish to represent.

In the past six months, with practically no presence in the 69th Assembly District, Walker may not only have allegedly violated election law, but has literally trampled upon the very spirit of California’s system of locally-based representation.

Iglesias has requested immediate investigation into 69th Assembly District election improprieties. Pending trial and conviction, Secretary of State Bowen has also been asked to remove Walker as a candidate for office, and to place Iglesias, as next runner-up, on 69th State Assembly ballot for the November General Election.

Said Iglesias, “I’ve been advised by political party members not to pursue a formal complaint about these alleged criminal violations lest I be perceived as a sore loser, but my only motivation is to serve the residents of Anaheim, Garden Grove, Orange and Santa Ana. These voters have lower median incomes, higher high school dropout rates, greater public safety risks to their person and property than a majority of California’s 40 million residents. Faced with all these challenges, why shouldn’t they have the very best representation, from a true 69th Assembly District resident?”

It’s pretty much too late, as I understand it, for Iglesias to sue her way back onto the ballot.  If she wanted to be on the November ballot, she has to win one of the top slots in the June election — and she lost her bid for second place by more than John Perez did in a statewide race for Attorney General.  If Iglesias had wanted to bring this up, she had about three months before the election to do so.

Why didn’t she?  Presumably, hubris: she didn’t think that Walker could beat her.  (Hell, I even forgot that Walker was running — and I was standing at the next window at the Registrar of Voters when she filed on March 8, accompanied by someone whom I suspect was Syavosh Zavarei.)  But that’s not what interests me here.What interests me is this:

WHAT DOES MIMI WALTERS THINK OF IGLESIAS’S COMPLAINT?

Look, I give up certain things by being a candidate and party-official-in-exile — and one of them is that I cannot call up Mimi Walters or her campaign and expect an answer about something like this.  So someone else gets the scoop.  (Not you, Art Pedroza; your feelings on the race are quite clear.)

Someone — or many people, dozens, maybe hundreds — has to call Mimi Walters and get her opinion on the complaint filed by Mimi Walters’s own staffer.  I’m dying to know — aren’t you? Walters is running against pleasant and competent-seeming Democrat Drew Leavens this year — the guy that I’ve already said should be talking to Col. Greg Raths, another entrant in the primary, about becoming his Chief of Staff should Leavens be elected to Congress, because a Democrats + Honest Republicans + Independents is the only way (and, at a minimum, the most likely way) for him both to raise funds and to win.

So I hope that someone who favors Leavens may spearhead some drive to obtain this information — because it is Daily Show caliber ironic, and those sorts of opportunities don’t come along every day.

CA45 Rep Mimi Walters
DC: 202-225-5611
Irvine: 949-263-8703
Consider requesting Mimi do a town hall (in Irvine) soon.

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Re: Mimi Walters - CA45 Rep missing in action?
« Reply #10 on: May 02, 2017, 01:08:10 PM »
Did anybody call in for the live telephone townhall last night? Curious as to what went on since I was unable to call in at 6:30pm.

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Re: Mimi Walters - CA45 Rep missing in action?
« Reply #11 on: May 06, 2017, 05:59:19 PM »
I did get a form letter back from her after asking why she voted for the bill that allows ISPs to collect your data and spy on you. Was not satisfied with the answer,  but at least she didn't play the terrorism card like some in Congress did.

She also recently voted to repeal Obamacare as well.

If you're on the left side of the aisle, there's a campaign running to fund and flip her district in 2018.

https://swingleft.org/district/CA-45

If anyone has links to competition on the right side of the aisle, feel free to post them here.

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Re: Mimi Walters - CA45 Rep missing in action?
« Reply #12 on: May 06, 2017, 08:46:39 PM »
I dialed into the phone call Monday. All the questions were pre-screened in advance. She sounded very robotic, all answers were based off a script with talking points and there wasn't any opportunity for followup when she didn't answer questions.  Disappointing.
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Re: Mimi Walters - CA45 Rep missing in action?
« Reply #13 on: May 06, 2017, 08:48:07 PM »
There will be a town hall May 9th at 6:30pm at Northwood High gym. Mimi is invited but there will be other experts if Mimi decides not to attend.
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DC: 202-225-5611
Irvine: 949-263-8703
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Re: Mimi Walters - CA45 Rep missing in action?
« Reply #14 on: May 06, 2017, 09:30:49 PM »
If I want a White House tour, I would have to go through her office no?

 

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