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One might ask why OC Weekly is obsessed with Huntington Beach Mayor Dave Garofalo (Dave Wielenga and Anthony Pignataro's "Huntington Beach Babbitt," Aug. 18). If you disagree with him, that doesn't mean you have to trash him personally. All you have to do is state why you think a policy he supported or a decision he made was wrong. Why is it necessary for you to hurt anyone whose opinion is contrary to yours?
As far as Mayor Garofalo's much-heralded "conflict of interest" charges are concerned, those charges are being investigated by the district attorney and the Fair Political Practices Commission. My guess is that Dave will be found not to have broken the law; I conclude this because I am aware of facts not included in your stories about him. You quoted Jack Kelly's daughter saying nasty things about Mayor Garofalo. You failed to mention the fact that when Jack Kelly was mayor and serving on the city council, he owned a local newspaper. You also overlooked the fact that he conducted his publishing business while serving on the City Council, in the same manner as Dave Garofalo. In other words, Jack Kelly did what Dave is accused of-yet in Kelly's case, no one suggested any wrongdoing.
You also didn't mention that in all but a few of the cases where there was even a remote connection between a vote on the council and a company that bought ads in the local newspaper published by Dave, the vote was unanimous. Dave's vote did not make the difference.
It is about time that people on the Left quit trying to destroy anyone with whom they disagree. OC Weekly contends that I am grooming Dave for higher office: thanks for thinking I have such influence, but I'm not even grooming myself half the time.Dana Rohrabacher