War of the newspapers over Umberg affair
Dear Sir or Madame,
It's always interesting (for me) to read of disputes within the MSM. Frank Mickadeit had a good column this morning that delves into the journalistic process between editors and writers and rival columnists and newpapers. He gives a pass to his teammate, John Gittelsohn, for getting "scooped" by the LA Times's Jean Pasco on the Umberg affair by arguing that the affair isn't the real damaging, controversial story here. He may have a point.
Here's the link to the article: The inside story on Umberg revelations.
Extramarital affairs being covered in the media are a dime-a-dozen these days. The subject is unfortunate, but the fact that they're exposed and ostracized I believe to be a good thing. Umberg can climb out of the small ditch Pasco dug with the affair exposure.
What Umberg cannot climb out of is the Register's (Gittelsohn's) deeper probe into the whereabouts of Tom Umberg during his wife's campaign for his Assembly seat. She said out on the campaign trail that he was in Guantanamo Bay prosecuting Islamofascists and protecting the country. The Register says records show he was probably in Washington D.C., living the high life and carrying on the last few months of a four year romantic affair during most of his time out of California.
Now Assemblyman Tom Umberg is running for Joe Dunn's soon-to-be-vacant Senate seat while all of this information will be coming to light. Add to it the fact that he is carpetbagging in his Assembly District, against state regulations, and you've got yourself a full-blown excrement storm.
I've been reading on other blogs, like Hack n Flak, that Assemblyman Tran is seriously considering a run at succeeding John Campbell in the 35th SD. In light of the recent developments, I think it would be unwise for Tran to run against Orange County Republican Party Chairman Scott Baugh (who has already expressed interest), when there's another opportunity where Republicans could pick up a Senate seat running against a shamed Tom Umberg.
Yours in liberty,
SILENCE DOGOOD OC