One thing you can say about Mike Duvall, the disgraced Yorba Linda Republican who resigned from the state Assembly last week amid a sex scandal, is that when he wasn't receiving lap dances from shapely lobbyists, he was lapping up awards, honors and accolades all across the state.
They began piling up in 2000, when Chapman University awarded the then-Yorba Linda City Council candidate the Ethics in America Award for his "demonstration of the highest standards of ethical integrity" as a community leader with the Yorba Linda Chamber of Commerce.
Earlier this year, the man who never graduated from high school received "100 percent" approval scores by the California Republican Assembly, the state's leading conservative outfit. In February, he was named "Legislator of the Year for 2008" by the California Attractions and Parks Association for his opposition to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's proposed "fun tax."
But here's a favorite: On Oct. 24, 2008, 800 people crammed into the Hyatt Regency Irvine to watch 14 people receive honors from the Regional Center of Orange County, which honored Duvall with the Elected Official Spotlight Award for the commitment that he and his family have to enhancing the quality of life for people with disabilities. The emcee that night was TV meteorologist Henry DiCarlo, who points to weather maps on KCBS/Channel 2 and KCAL/Channel 9.
Those are the same stations that broke the Duvall sex scandal alongside the Weekly's R. Scott Moxley. Small world.
Jimmy Kimmel does this bit on his late night show where footage of celebrities is bleeped at strategic points to make it seem as if the speaker is saying something inappropriate. This device also works splendidly with newsletters and press releases concerning honoree Duvall.
The Rototiller, the Rotary Club of Placentia's Weekly Review: Nov. 7, 2007
"Assemblyman Duvall came and joyfully spoke about his [BLEEP]ing up here in Placentia and shared his methods of [BLEEP] of youth."
"All in good spirits the fine master was [BLEEP]ing before he knew who he was!!! He even got money from our guest speaker Mike Duvall. Now that's a fine-Fine master!! Ruthless!!!"
3/6/2008: Assemblyman Mike Duvall Honors Sharon Rogers As The 2008 Assembly District Woman Of The Year: For Immediate Release
"I am so pleased to have the opportunity to [BLEEP] Sharon Rogers, who has been a tireless volunteer and activist in Orange County for many years," said Assemblyman Duvall. "Numerous community organizations in Orange County have [BLEEP]ed her for her passion and voluntarism and I look forward to adding another [BLEEP] to her extensive collection.
". . . Last year, we had a lot of fun [BLEEP]ing Terry Brick on the Assembly Floor," recounts Duvall. "I'm glad I have the opportunity to celebrate the [BLEEP]s of women in the local community and I'm looking forward to treating Mrs. Rogers to a great [BLEEP] in Sacramento."
July 9, 2008: Orange Chamber of Commerce Installation Dinner/General Membership and Volunteer Recognition Dinner at the Doubletree Hotel, Orange
"On behalf of the Orange Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, I would like to [BLEEP] Assemblyman Duvall for his selection as this year's Commerce Award recipient," said Orange Chamber of Commerce President Dan Slater. "The Orange Chamber is very pleased that Mike continues to [BLEEP] his [BLEEP] to solid [BLEEP] [BLEEP]s that promote and [BLEEP] businesses in Orange and throughout the State of California."
Capitol Resource Institute ("a fierce guardian of traditional family values"): March 2009
"Assemblyman Duvall has been a consistent trooper for the conservative causes," CRI president Karen England announced. "For the last two years, he has [BLEEP]ed time and time again to protect and preserve family values in California. We are grateful for his [BLEEP] of California families.'"
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Acknowledging the CRI award, Duvall observed in a press release that as long as he is in office, he would work to [BLEEP] "California families" from "constant assault in Sacramento."
Regional Occupation Program North Advocate online: May 2009
Assembly member Duvall [BLEEP]ed with the students in the program, and asked the group how they felt about being [BLEEP]ed. "Do you have to be here, do you want to be here or do you get to be [BLEEP]ed?" He was happy when the majority of the students raised their hands to signify that they "Get to be [BLEEP]ed."
The students [BLEEP]ed the Assemblyman with a tool belt and hard hat.