Carona fundraiser marred by protesters

Carona fundraiser marred by protesters

Orange County Sheriff Mike Carona raised over $700,000 last night at the St. Regis Hotel in Dana Point, as he was joined by embattled Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. However, outside the event about 40 protesters waved their signs, and used a bullhorn to get their message out. Even better, the media showed up. The protest was given a lot of air time on the Channel 9 and Channel 2 newcasts that evening. Protest organizer Tim Whitacre and local blogger Allan Bartlett received plenty of attention as both were extensively interviewed. They were flanked numerous women who were protesting Carona for his mistreatment of women.

In related news, today’s Times continued their series of articles ripping Carona for fundraising problems stemming from his expenses, which run in the thousands and are not itemized. Here’s a quote from the article: “In 2004 and 2005, the sheriff did not disclose how he spent more than $20,000 of his roughly $36,000 in claimed “officeholder costs.”

The expense problems don’t look good at all for Carona, but his unpaid advisor, Mike Schroeder, continues to praise him. The Register reported that Schroeder had this to say about yesterday’s fundraiser: “I am really grateful Arnold Schwarzenegger would come out to support the greatest sheriff in America,” Schroeder said. Mike, how exactly is Carona great? He is an absolute embarrassment to the O.C. GOP machine! I guess they have to stand by the Frankenstein’s monster they created.

You can read the Times article at,0,4277093.story?coll=la-headlines-california, and the Register article at

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