This just in from Sacramento Insider Scott Lay, publisher of the Nooner:
JUST GETTIN’ WEIRD: BOE candidate Diane Harkey has now sued Mark Wyland alleging defamation over the lawsuit against her husband that she has now been removed from. Also in that BOE seat, the Register’s Martin Wisckol notes “Termed-out state Sen. Lou Correa, D-Santa Ana, has also opened a BOE campaign account, but it is unclear whether he plans to run. He did not return a call for comment. Republicans have a 3-point advantage in the district’s voter registration. Termed-out incumbent Michelle Steel is running for Orange County supervisor.”
Clearly this makes Harkey even more disgusting than she already was. Here are details on the lawsuit courtesy of San Diego Rostra:
Assemblywoman Harkey apparently didn’t appreciate Wyland’s reference to the case when he spoke to the Tri-City Tea Party group in San Diego on July 16. Her lawsuit, filed August 26 in Orange County Superior Court, claims that Wyland’s comments included the following:
Unfortunately, there has been a lawsuit brought by a lot of investors of modest means against her and her husband for defrauding them … There was decision that those investors were defrauded and there is a judgment …
Now, get this. Harkey claims that Wyland’s statements weren’t totally accurate, among other reasons because many of the investors were wealthy and not simply of “modest means.”
This is not a joke.
From Harkey’s complaint:
Only a portion of Wyland’s statement is true. A lawsuit was filed against Harkey and her husband. However, the characterization of the “investors of modest means” is false in that there are many investors who have substantial financial resources … with net worths exceeding $1,000,000. Also, all investors when subscribing to obtain their real estate investment represented that their investment amount did not exceed ten percent (10%) of their net worth… Wyland’s statement is an attempt to paint a picture that Harkey somehow attempted to take advantage of “the little guy”.
Apparently, it’s quite alright to take advantage of those with “substantial financial resources,” you know, “the big guy.”
But, not the little guy. Never the little guy.
Harkey’s complaint goes on to state there is no actual “judgment,” as Wyland is alleged to have stated, since the litigation “has not yet been completed.” It further notes that Harkey was dismissed from all of the litigation except for one of the claims. (Readers can see the entire document here.)
Technically, it appears the current status of the case includes a verdict in phase one and a stipulation in phase two, while the judge is reserving his formal judgment on the entire trial until the end of phase four.