Sempra "Investigating" Reports That Its Lobbyist Bedded Down Ex-Legislator

Sempra Energy, San Diego-based parent of San Diego Gas & Electric, has issued a statement claiming that it is "investigating" recent media reports that its lobbyist reportedly slept with former Orange County Assemblyman Mike Duvall. Yorba Linda's Duvall was caught on an open mike bragging about his sexual exploits. TV station KCAL and the Orange County Weekly identified one of his sex partners as Heidi DeJong Barsuglia, a lobbyist for Sempra. She is 36 and he is 54. Both are married. Duvall is a hero of so-called family values groups -- having a perfect 100 rating from one of them. Duvall resigned when tapes of his conversation with another lobbyist were broadcast by KCAL. Sempra says that its employee has denied the media reports. Says Sempra, "Our investigation will be conducted to ensure not only that our policies on employee conduct are strictly adhered to, but also that our employee is treated fairly."

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ADD ON ABOVE POST: Mike Duvall, the Orange County assemblyman who resigned after he was caught on tape boasting about his sexual exploits, was vice chair of the Committee on Utilities and Commerce. Best, Don Bauder

Duvall is not claiming that his remarks were "story telling" and has "denied" having an affair/s...Bwhahahahaha...you just cannot make this stuff up.

The guy is 54 years old and cheating on his wife like some HS kid.

He needs to know what the phrase "dirty old man" stands for.

ADD ON DUVALL POST: Now Mike Duvall is denying that he had affairs with two females, one of whom is a utility lobbyist. Duvall was vice chair of the Assembly Committee on Utilities and Commerce. He had bragged about his sexual exploits to another male assembly member, but he was caught doing so on an open microphone. Duvall resigned. Today (Sept. 10) Duvall is saying, "My offense was engaging in inappropriate storytelling." Duvall is married. So is the lobbyist who has been linked publicly to him. She works for San Diego's Sempra Energy. Its lobbyist has denied she had an affair with Duvall. The Assembly Ethics Committee is looking into the matter to determine if the alleged affair influenced his votes. Best, Don Bauder

Response to post #2: One of the most pathetic examples of blind hubris is the male who has an affair with a female underling and thinks she is impressed with his lovemaking prowess. It never occurs to him that she is advancing her career. Similarly, if the story about Duvall and the lobbyist is true, it will probably never occur to Duvall that the lobbyist was just doing her job. He will go to his grave believing that it was his machismo that wowed her. Best, Don Bauder

Response to post #3: Congratulations to KCAL and OC Weekly for doing a terrific reportorial job on this story. If Heidi turns out to be innocent in this, a number of media outlets will have to apologize. Best, Don Bauder

Sempra might be willing to secure a women for Don if he agrees to stop writing negative columns about the company. Platinum might be willing to help him out in exchange for favorable coverage.

I'm curious...do you think Sempra provides "hardship" pay to its lobbyists that sleep with fat old men?!

"The Assembly Ethics Committee is looking into the matter to determine if the alleged affair influenced his votes."

Wow, a lot of oxymorons here. "Assembly Ethics Committee" for one, "alleged affair" for another, and for desert we get "influenced his votes"!

Assembly Ethics Committee = Do whatever is in the best interest of getting ourselves re-elected, no matter if it is ethical or not.

Alleged Affair = What everyone in politics knows goes on but doesn't talk about for fear that their own indescretions will come to light.

Influenced His Vote = How all politicians behave in order to gain power and wealth and be re-elected or attain an even higher office.

Response to post #7: Sempra refuses to speak with the Reader. So any such assignations would have to be arranged silently. Platinum is not cooperative either. Alas, your plan may not work. Best, Don Bauder

Response to post #8: Congratulations. I wish I had thought of that line. Best, Don Bauder

Response to post #9: The story is that Duvall loved to talk about his sexual conquests. Of course, he now claims that they were imaginary sexual conquests. I wonder how the public will react to the explanation: she denies all and he says he was just exaggerating. Best, Don Bauder

I'm curious...do you think Sempra provides "hardship" pay to its lobbyists that sleep with fat old men?!

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I think the larger issue is whether a Sempra lobbyist who injures her back during an assignation with a legislator is entitled to worker's compensation benefits. If it turns out this story is true, and I have no clue whether it is or not, I would advise Heidi to file a workers compensation claim against Sempra alleging Duvall injured her back. It would be very difficult for Sempra to fire Heidi if she has a worker's compensation claim pending against the company for a job related injury.

Don, I don't think that is an issue for workmen's comp. I am sure the CPUC (with oversight from the Utilities & 
Commerce Committee and vice-chair Duvall) will allow SDG&E to raise rates on ratepayers to cover hazard pay and injury claims for its workers lobbying the legislature. Lord knows the shareholders shouldn't be expected to pick up the slack, right?

Response to post #13: Yeah, but if she really didn't hurt her back (again, assuming the story is true) then she could be prosecuted for workers comp fraud. Best, Don Bauder

Response to post #14: Duvall is no longer vice chair (pun intended) of that committee, but your reasoning is sound. Ratepayers would pick up the tab. Mustn't ruffle the feathers of stockholders. Best, Don Bauder

It looks like Bill Lerach is being relocated to another prison. The prisoner locater says he's in transit.

http://www.bop.gov/iloc2/LocateInmate.jsp

Response to post #17: I'm of two minds on Bill Lerach. There is no doubt he abused the system, scaring companies into settling rather than facing him in court. He attacked companies whose earnings happened to drop, whether or not there was a legitimate litigable reason for the decline. His abuses led to legislation curbing tort legislation. However, I must say this: regulators are in companies' and Wall Street's pockets. The only thing challenging the abuses of corporations and Wall Street became tort legislation. If there were honest regulation, tort suits would be unnecessary. But regulators protect crooks rather than restrain them; thus, the tort system has to go forward, with all its weaknesses.

Another point on Lerach, as well as on Spitzer. Both should have known that business was out to get them with government prosecutors' help. They should have stayed clean. Best, Don Bauder

His abuses led to legislation curbing tort legislation.

You are refering to the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995-AKA the "Learch Act".

Problem is it didn't work. It did not curb the class action securities fraud actions Lerach/Milberg Weiss was filing-in fact their firm increased their share of these class actions to over 30% of the market AFTER the Lerach Act was passed.

It looks like Bill Lerach is being relocated to another prison. The prisoner locater says he's in transit.

http://www.bop.gov/iloc2/LocateInmate.js...

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It looks like Lerach is less than 6 months from being released and has entered into a "half way house" in Long Beach for the final 6 months of his prison stint.

I wonder if Lerach will try to get his law license back when he is released-and if he does try, whether the CA Bar will give it back to him?

I know Lerach will "practice" law with or without his law licnese, and I know this because when Pat Frega was disbarred Lerach hired him as a "paralegal", while Frega was in actuality practicing law with no license under Lerach at Milberg Weiss. (who remembers when Frega sued Sam Spital's fanny off!!)

I wonder if Lerach will try to get his law license back when he is released-and if he does try, whether the CA Bar will give it back to him?

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Lerach is reportedly worth $600 million. His guilty plea does not appear to have cost him much other than his reputation and his fortune is probably intact. In my opinion, his transgressions are relatively minor for a lawyer. He did not embezzle client trust funds or commit murder. If he wants to work, he will likely serve as consultant to pension funds involved in securities litigation, advising them on whether lawsuits should be filed and whether settlements are fair. He could also teach securities law at a law school. He would likely need to show ten or more years of good works before the State Bar would consider reinstating his license. He is probably too old to have a realistic chance of reinstatement.

It looks like Lerach is less than 6 months from being released and has entered into a "half way house" in Long Beach for the final 6 months of his prison stint.

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He's at the minimum security prison at Terminal Island according to the locator. The address of the facility he's assigned to has the same address as Terminal Island.

Response to post #19: But that mid-1990s legislation tied the hands of the tort bar in several ways. Best, Don Bauder

Response to post #20: Remember, though, that Lerach made a bundle of money practicing law. He could simply retire. I am not aware that Frega worked for Lerach. Best, Don Bauder

Response to post #21: What law school would hire him? What pension fund would take him on as a consultant? Best, Don Bauder

Response to post #22: I'm not sure he is enjoying Terminal Island. Best, Don Bauder

If he wants to work, he will likely serve as consultant to pension funds involved in securities litigation, advising them on whether lawsuits should be filed and whether settlements are fair. He could also teach securities law at a law school. He would likely need to show ten or more years of good works before the State Bar would consider reinstating his license. He is probably too old to have a realistic chance of reinstatement.

By Burwell

You can call practicing law whatever you want -including being a "consultant"- but if it looks like a duck, walks like a duck and quacks like a duck= then it is a duck.

As for getting his law license reinstated,yes, I agree 10 years is about right for a felony that resulted in a prison sentence. And since his crime is one of "moral turpitude" that would be yet another strike to overcome. At age 62 (??) I think he will just call it a law career.

As for teaching securities law-that would be something he could do-if he wanted to. Like you said though, he is worth buckoo bucks, and I just can't see him being a law professor. Who knows though.

Response to post #27: Lerach should hang it up. (Not a framed law license in his office). He should call it a career. Best, Don Bauder

Worst of all is that Heidi...well, she's kinda fugly. No wonder Duvall was spanking her and enjoying it.

To hear them now try to twist and turn is hilarious. Have you heard the audio? I didn't even talk like that when I was in the Navy.

Sempra didn't KNOW she was doing it with Duvall? It was her JOB!

(poor thing)

Response to post #29: Someone on this blog suggested that, if the charges are true, she should charge SDG&E hardship pay. Best, Don Bauder

Worst of all is that Heidi...well, she's kinda fugly. No wonder Duvall was spanking her and enjoying it.

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She is not ugly, as Fred suggests. She's certainly more attractive that the women that were available to Fred while he was on Navy shore leave in Asia. Would Eliot Spitzer pay $2,000 for a two-hour tryst with a woman like Heidi? I doubt it. While attractive, she is not up to Eliot's standards.

Response to post #31: I don't know her, but her pictures make her look very attractive. Of course, we don't really know if these charges are true. The good news: whether Duvall was kissing and telling, or merely telling without kissing, he is finished. Good riddance. Best, Don Bauder

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