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O.C. lawmaker resigns after allegedly caught discussing his trysts with lobbyists [Updated]

Read more in Thursday's Times: Assemblyman Mike Duvall resigns after his sex comments are broadcast

[Updated at 12:50 p.m.: Assemblyman Michael Duvall has resigned, according to his website, where he posted this statement:

“I am deeply saddened that my inappropriate comments have become a major distraction for my colleagues in the Assembly, who are working hard on the very serious problems facing our state. I have come to the conclusion that it would not be fair to my family, my constituents or to my friends on both sides of the aisle to remain in office. Therefore, I have decided to resign my office, effective immediately, so that the Assembly can get back to work.”]

Capitol Blackberries are buzzing after KCAL-TV Los Angeles late Tuesday night aired a videotape of what its reporter said was an Orange County GOP lawmaker talking to a colleague at a committee hearing in explicit detail about recent trysts.

Duvall In the KCAL report, Assembly Utilities and Commerce Committee Vice Chairman Michael Duvall (R-Yorba Linda) appears not to realize that his microphone is on during a lull in a July committee hearing and talks about his conquest of two women.

Reporter Dave Lopez then reports that Duvall says on the tape that the women with whom he has been having sex are lobbyists.

The report alleges that one of the lobbyists works for a utility with business before Duvall's committee but does not name her.

Later in the report, Duvall is seen ducking Lopez on the Assembly floor and in the hallways outside the chamber as the reporter confronts him with questions about his sexual encounters.

[Updated at 10:13 a.m.: The Assembly Legislative Ethics Committee is looking into the reports about Duvall's alleged relationship with the lobbyist, a source close to the committee said this morning.

Members of the ethics panel plan to meet today with their legal counsel to determine what action they might take, said the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity for lack of authority to speak for the committee.

"They are taking this very seriously," the source said.

Meanwhile, Duvall posted this apology on his campaign website:  “I made a mistake and I sincerely apologize. I deeply regret the comments I made in what I believed to be a private conversation. This is a private matter and I ask that everyone respect the privacy of all involved.”]

Duvall joined the Assembly in 2006, representing the 72nd District, which includes the cities of Fullerton, Anaheim, Placentia, Orange, Brea, Yorba Linda and La Habra.

He is a former Yorba Linda City Councilman and member of the Orange County Sanitation District board and Orange County Transportation Authority. According to his Assembly website, he also runs an insurance business with his wife.

-- Evan Halper reporting from Sacramento

Credit: Mike Duvall campaign office

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Gee, another Republican politican caught with his... Hmm, I bet a good researcher could find lots of "family values" references in this guy's speeches.

Why am I not surprised?

Eddie Tucker

Caught in the act!
Sex runs this country, this old perv will sign ANYTHING for a lil love & a couple kisses!
When are we the people going to wake up and see that our politicians are ripping us off while they get incredible health care and all the free love a man can ask for.
What is the definition of a politician?
I think it's time to come up with some new definitions because it seems like they are more like prostitutes than public servants.

More comedy from the party of family values!


Republicans complained about Obama giving a speech to children about working hard and staying in school. I bet Republicans are going to complain much, much, more about this Republican having sex with lobbyists. If they don't it only means they are a bunch of hypocrites and Political Terrorists.

See! just because you carry an American flag on the lapel of your coat does not mean you care about America, or that you have America's best interest in mind. Reminds me of Sarah Palin who used her handicaped child and elderly parents as a pawns to spread lies about Death panels and euthanazia in order to terrorize our elderly. She also likes to flaunt an American flag on her coats.

Hey, Duvall, if you want to live up to "family values" you preach for others... you best resign. These actions hurt the republican party as a whole...and that's just plain stupid.

Republicans, I suggest you move your "family values" platform into the libertarian realm or you're going to get burned time and time again because we're all humans and have urges.

Even Bill Clinton is guilty of engaging in questionable behavior while married... But at least he didn't have a bunch of sniveling liberals coming after him for it.He had a bunch of sniveling conservatives coming after him but not necessarily because of the act but rather he lied about it afterwards.

From OCWeekly: "In 2008, 
Duvall blasted efforts to condone gay marriage." I wonder if Mr. Duvall feels that gay matrimony is more of a threat to the sanctity of his own marriage than his affair with this lobbyist. Another day, another Gee-Oh-Pee hypocrite.

Just love the family values of OC. Sacramento is really the hotspot of California when the whole State is in the toilet. Coincidence I guess.

What an idiot... The man is a disgrace to democracy.

I never had sex with that woman.

Why is it not surprising that this is a member of 'Family Values' platform?
This is the most repugnant display of greed and lust. It's amazing that anybody can stand behind the Family Values banter anymore.


Does it surprise anyone that he is a conservative republican? Thus continuing to prove they are the most self-serving, hypocrital leaders of this country.

Sounds like a presidential candidate to me!

No doubt he had to promise to vote her way first before getting the goodies!

Well at least the Republicans can breathe another sigh of relief that at least it wasn't with a page, or a man. It's no big surprise this goes on both sides of the aisle, I wonder if he is married and if he is will she stand by him or show him the door?

Funny...but I'll go out a limb and predict the nation will somehow survive this.

Duvall has been honored and praised for his "fight" to protect and preserve family values for us here in California. Chapman University gave him their "Ethics in America Award" a few years ago. He's married with two children and he's a liar, a cheat, a phony and a hypocrite - and he's a republican - O, I already said that right after married with two children. We need to add one more description - UNEMPLOYED. Get the heck out you filthy,dirty piece of work - resign NOW.

Instead of pyramid schemes, he's involved in a naked twister scheme

What will we tell the children????

Wake up, Republican voters... your elected officials think you are morons..... hold him responsible.

Like the drip, drip, drip of water torture, our representative democracy is slowly but surely wearing away. We may have survived Bill Clinton's Easter Egg Hunt, Barney Frank's in-home business, and Mike Duvall's rank hypocrisy, but if voters don't wake up, it will be too late. Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty. If Democrats are willing to put up with the likes of their ego-centrists and Republicans are willing to put up with their narcissists, then the nation has no future. If you haven't researched the candidates before you go to the polls to vote, THEN JUST STAY AT HOME. Feeling good about somebody, whether it's the candidate's "family values" or the candidate's "empathy", that's not enough. Don't vote based on emotions and feelings. Otherwise, we'll keep getting what we've got.

If Duvall were a Democrat, excuses would be made as they were for Teddy Kennedy. As he is a Republican, he will resign or be forced out. Big difference.


Shame on him and shame on everyone who knew. The fact that he had numerous affairs is between him and his wife. The fact that he was having affairs with paid lobbyists and fellow lawmakers knew and did nothing about it is scary. How could other lawmakers take his votes seriously? Was the public interest truly served? We all have our own secrets and demons but when they affect public policy we should question the individuals ability to continue serving. We should also question those who took an oath to protect the public's interest and then looked the other way when they listened to the assemblymember's locker room stories and did nothing about it.

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