Until recently, Irvine-based Republican fundraiser Desiree Mouzoon prominently listed a testimonial on her business website from Mike Duvall. Why not? Until recently, Duvall had been an Orange County state assemblyman who served as vice chairman of a powerful legislative utilities committee and worked in the California GOP's leadership.
On Tuesday night, Lopez and a camera crew confronted Mouzoon at a Fullerton fundraiser for Linda Ackerman, her new client and a candidate who is attempting to win the 72nd state assembly district special election contest to replace Duvall.
"No, no . . . I'm not answering your questions . . . no, no," she told Lopez, before, as the veteran broadcast journalist recalled to me, "running away almost as quickly as Duvall did when we confronted him in the capitol."
Ironically, Dick Ackerman--Linda's husband and the former OC state senator--is the man generally credited with grooming Duvall for state politics. Ackerman critics say it's also ironic that he and his wife are claiming county Supervisor Chris Norby, a Republican rival for the seat, is unfit for the office because of past allegations of sexual harassment.
A Corona beer-toting, visibly displeased Dick Ackerman confronted Lopez at the fundraiser and refused to let him speak to his candidate/wife, saying, "I speak on behalf of my wife."
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My attempts to interview Mouzoon--a former high school teacher and three-time marathon finisher known to perform notable charitable work for a variety of good causes--were unsuccessful.
*Others who are quoted touting Mouzoon's services at Dez & Associates include Republicans OC Fair Board member Dale Dykema, Supervisor Pat Bates, FlashReport publisher Jon Fleischman and consultant Tim Clark. On her website, she also ties herself to pollster Adam Probolsky, lobbyist Christopher Townsend of Townsend Public Affairs, Costa Mesa City Councilman Eric Bever and the Orange County Young Republicans.
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--R. Scott Moxley / OC Weekly