Anaheim blogger Matt Cunningham on Friday resigned from the county Parks Commission and apparently lost two Orange County Transportation Authority contracts totaling nearly $100,000, the latest repercussions from a post he wrote that mocked Latino mourning traditions, according to the Voice of OC.
The Voice of OC has been beating Cunningham up since he stupidly made fun of Latino families in Anaheim whose children have been slain by Anaheim police officers. But the question remains – why did the Voice of OC previously ask Cunningham to write for them as a member of their Community Editorial Board?
When I first noticed that Cunningham was writing for the Voice of OC I immediately emailed their Editor, Norberto Santana, and asked him why he was allowing Cunningham to contribute to his website. He never responded.
It’s not like Cunningham was an Angel before his latest faux pas. He previously outed victims of Catholic molestation, while he was defending a Monsignor, John Urell, who himself covered up for molesters. At the time Urell had been appointed to a County Commission by then OC Supervisor Bill Campbell, who later hired Cunningham’s wife, Laura, as his Chief of Staff. Urell had to resign that County post – just as Cunningham himself had to resign today from the OC Parks Commission.
Cunningham was also caught red-handed overbilling the OC Children and Families Commission, which was reported by the famed Friends of Fullerton’s Future blog.
Laura Cunningham also headed up the Latino outreach efforts for the gay-bashing Prop. 8. Yet the Voice of OC allowed Cunningham to write for them. It is amazing really. How in the world did the Voice of OC, and Santana specifically, ever believe that Cunningham at all represented the community when he is nothing more than a paid flak for Curt Pringle and the Anaheim Chamber of Commerce?
Remember this as the Voice of OC bloviates about Cunningham. Sure he is a dirtbag but so are the folks at the Voice of OC who initially were enamored of him. We knew better and now so does everyone else.
In the interest of full disclosure, Santana threatened to sue me today, via email, if I ever again run any of his material, even though he had agreed in a previous email to allow us to run his material. Costa Mesa blogger Geoff West initiated Santana’s action, for whatever reason.
Our intentions have always been crystal clear. We believe in good government. We don’t like politicians who rip off the taxpayers and we particularly dislike folks like Cunningham, who as the FFFF bloggers put it, sucks hard at the teat of the welfare state.
So why does Santana suddenly have it out for us? Lord only knows. He really needs to decide what he stands for. He brought Cunningham on board the Voice of OC. There simply is no excusing that.