I read most of the local political blogs in OC, and was sickened this afternoon to see on one of them, a video of Dem Central Committee electee Victor Valladares sitting down in Anaheim this week with Dem. gubernatorial front-runner Gavin Newsom.
Why was I so appalled? Valladares is a convicted drunk driver and in the opinion of many, an UN-convicted wife beater. How many committed Democrats would have appreciated that seat to ask questions?
As for how it got to be Valladares, look no further than his political mentor, Ocean View School District Trustee Gina Clayton-Tarvin. As the blog administrator Vern Nelson wrote, “our good friend Gina Clayton-Tarvin is Gavin’s OC Ambassador!”
Harley Rouda at least had the common sense to distance himself from Valladares, once it was made clear to him that Clayton-Tarvin had failed to inform him of Victors past thug life.
Ms. Clayton-Tarvin knows all about the reputation of Valladares. They are quite close and according to several witnesses, the pair spent the night together recently at the expensive Great Wolf Lodge in Garden Grove (along with their respective children).
She knows about all of the accusations against him. When Valladares’ ex-wife stood at a board meeting and told her harrowing tale of being beaten numerous times; how Valladares abused her and tortured her, Clayton-Tarvin rolled her eyes and called the woman a liar.
She inserted herself into their tumultuous custody battle on Valladares’ behalf. She is intimately aware of what he has done and what he is capable of doing.
So, knowing all that, why on earth would she compromise the Newsom campaign? Politicians are only as good as the company they keep. Valladares is a violent, toxic instigator, so that is quite bad for Newsom. For any politician in fact.
A brief search of this very blog produces some telling information:
“Many new allegations have surfaced. All troubling. Breannia Lalama has asserted that Victor Valladares slipped a “Date-Rape” drug into her beer, sodomized her after she passed out, filmed the event, then showed her the film the following day.”
“Lalama (former wife) asserts that Victor Valladares pushed her backwards down a flight of pea gravel stairs at an apartment they shared, resulting in permanent damage to her back. The medical files exist to substantiate the claim.”
“She asserts that Victor Valladares smashed her in the face with a coffee cup, breaking her teeth.”
It goes on and on. He has, according to her, beaten and humiliated her many times, both physically and mentally. Her #MeToo declaration was clear, honest and powerful. Clayton-Tarvin knows all of this, and no doubt much more. Yet she still did this. I believe every word Valladares’ wife has said publicly, I know those photos are real, but he still has not been convicted of spousal battery. Still, should Clayton-Tarvin risk what may still come out or what charges may be filed?
Why is it so important to put THIS violent person in front of Newsom?
What exactly is going on with these two? I must add finally, that while I have supported Newsom up until this point, I am beginning to question his judgement. Why would he entrust someone like Gina Clayton-Tarvin, who would place a miscreant like Victor Valladares in his campaign path? And what will he do about her now? Watching closely, Gavin.