California Assemblyman Mike Duvall forgot the microphone was on. A fundamental error that has ruined many a politician’s career.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – A Republican state lawmaker from Southern California resigned Wednesday amid growing outrage over a videotape that caught him bragging in graphic detail about having sex with a female lobbyist and another woman.
The ‘family values’ constituents will forgive him. They’re used to this kind of thing by now. Maybe his wife will forgive him. But will the voters? He was, basically, bragging about accepting bribes from a lobbyist in exchange for putting her client’s interests first.
The lawmaker was vice chairman of the utilities committee, which had been considering one of the more hotly contested bills in the current legislative session. The bill, which is still being debated, would require utilities to generate 33 percent of their power from renewable sources by 2020.
Many utilities oppose it.
On July 6, Duvall was one of five Republicans to vote against the legislation, which is sponsored by Sen. Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto.
He’ll claim that he was true to his office, but this is a guy who could give sanctimonious speeches about marriage and then brag about cheating on his wife. Does he even know when he’s telling the truth? And he should be investigated–not for immorality, but for taking bribes. There’s laws against that sort of thing.