Friday, December 10, 2004

"We will take what's behind curtain number three"

Gotta love those voters in Orange County, California. They elected themselves a stealth candidate to the school board there. Rejecting a bid for the open seat by Phil Martinez, a park ranger who has three children in the district, is president of the PTA at his kids' school and is active with the Boy Scouts, voters instead opted for Steve Rocco, a candidate who refused to campaign for the post, provide any information about himself or give interviews. Rocco had also run for mayor of Santa Ana in 2000, when he declined to provide personal information or discuss the campaign, and showed up at a candidate forum dressed in camouflage and sunglasses.

The folks finally got to meet the mysterious newcomer Thursday.

Rocco, decked out in black clothing, sunglasses and a knit cap, was sworn in at his first district meeting and plunged into a five-minute address alleging Orange County is controlled by corrupt politicians, judges and officials.

"You change things here, you change things nationwide," Rocco, 53, said in his first remarks as a member of the Orange Unified School District Board of Education. "The world is watching. Doing my job as trustee and fighting organized crime are one and the same."

Rocco also said, "We are living in a time of secret organizations, living in a time of corruption and, most of all, living in a time of dictatorships."

Well, let me go out on a limb here and suggest that the school board is in for some interesting meetings...


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