Dana Rohrabacher Surrounds Himself With Crooks

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, Orange County's unabashed career politician, has affectionately coddled many slimy characters over the years.

There was Sheriff Mike Carona, now a convicted felon.

There was Huntington Beach Mayor Dave Garofalo, now a convicted felon.

There was cheating corporate lobbyist Jack Abramoff, now a convicted felon.

There was relentless pedophile and Rohrabacher congressional aide Jeffrey Ray Nielsen, now a convicted felon.

There was con artist Joseph Medawar, now a convicted felon.

Hell, Rohrabacher married a woman, Rhonda, who pleaded guilty to mail fraud and conspiracy charges and is now her husband's campaign manager.

Well, Abramoff has emerged from prison and written an autobiography, according to a new report in The Hill newspaper in Washington, D.C.

Abramoff admits that he was a sleaze ball who shamelessly used financial gifts to buy politicians and that among those who visited him in prison was longtime pal Rohrabacher.

Very touching.

--R. Scott Moxley / OC Weekly

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