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From the comforts of his monumental Virginia estate, Bob Dornan has once again fired up his voracious political fund-raising operation, hinting that Orange County hasn't seen the last of the bitter, defeated ex-congressman who was annihilated by Loretta Sanchez in November.
"I am reaching the moment of my decision: Should I launch another run for Congress?" Dornan recently wrote to his nationwide senile, bigoted contributor base, which routinely sends him at least $2.5 million each election cycle. "I want you to know that I am leaning more toward running every day."
In his fund-raising appeal, Dornan-who for years claimed he would never be beaten by a woman or beat one (both proved untrue)-makes clear he's staying clear of Sanchez, having lost consecutive races to the feisty Anaheim native. "Chances are looking good that I will have the chance to run in one of two Republican-majority districts," he wrote.
Dornan has been dreaming of taking Ron Packard's South County/north San Diego County seat or Dana Rohrabacher's Huntington Beach seat. Packard has long hinted about retiring, and Dornan has somehow convinced himself that rabid right-winger Rohrabacher is a weak, disloyal Republican.
To get other people's hard-earned money, Dornan-who refuses to concede his 1996 and 1998 defeats, telling anyone who will listen that he "retired" from public office-poses as pious to his potential contributors. His sales pitch: "I am counting on you for a generous donation to 'Dornan for Congress.' I truly need your help. Thank you, God bless you, and may God bless our beautiful US of A! We may be facing one of the most difficult periods of our nation's history. Pray for our troops; please pray for their leaders. And please let me hear back from you as soon as possible. Please make a personal-support donation to Dornan for Congress. With warmest regards, Bob."
Perhaps OC's most notorious politician since Nixon isn't planning a campaign after all and is soliciting contributions for members of his family. Last year, a Weekly exposť revealed that the nine-term congressman had been using his campaign to pay four of his five adult children handsome paychecks.