As a rule, I do not believe in dragging family members into political heat.
For example, the Bush daughters should have been left alone. The Obama daughters, too. As much as I dislike Donald Trump, his young son does not deserve to be ripped, prodded, attacked.
That said, every now and then a family member tells you something about a politician, and to ignore the information is to engage in willful ignorance.
Enter: Rhonda Carmony.
Rhonda is married to Dana Rohrabacher. They have three children together and—to be 100-percent clear—there is no reason to think she isn’t a fine mother and spouse. I want to reiterate that point: This is nothing personal against Rhonda Carmony.
However, her husband represents us. And in 1997, Rhonda—who works as Dana’s campaign manager—pleaded guilty to two felony charges for taking part in a scheme to help then-state Assemblyman Scott Baugh win election. She was sentenced to three years’ probation and 300 hours of community service and was fined $2,800.
According to a Los Angeles Times report from Dec. 5, 1997: “Carmony helped recruit and place on the ballot a decoy candidate to split the Democratic vote and ensure the election of Baugh, a Rohrabacher protege, to the Assembly in 1995, according to testimony in her June trial. It ended in a hung jury, with two jurors holding out for acquittal. She was charged with conspiracy and fraudulently filing and making nomination papers on behalf of Laurie Campbell, the decoy candidate.”
Now, let’s pause for a moment: You might be thinking, “Well, that’s not wonderful, but it doesn’t sound so awful. It was probably just a misunderstanding.”
Maybe. But a little less than six years ago Carmony was back in the news. This time, an OC Weekly piece reported on Rohrabacher paying his wife 50 percent of his received contributions. Wrote R. Scott Moxley: “Since 2006, Rhonda has collected more than a quarter of a million dollars from her husband’s campaign coffers, according to FEC records … During that same period–and while most of the rest of the nation suffered economically, Dana gave his wife a whopping 40 percent in raises …”
That’s a lot of money not being spent on worthwhile endeavors.
You be the judge.