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Lobbyists, developers to fete Vasquez
POLITICS: Critics question the purpose
of a testimonial dinner for the ex-
November 16, 1995
Byline: CHRIS KNAP: The Orange County Register
Lobbyists and land developers are sending out hundreds of invitations to a
testimonial dinner for Gaddi Vasquez, the supervisor who resigned midterm after
the county's $1.7 billion investment loss.
"There's a lot of people that think Gaddi's a wonderful person, did a great job, and
this is a way for them to express that."
But some critics found the dinner inappropriate in light of grand-jury criticism of
the supervisors' role in the fiscal collapse.
"The purpose of the dinner escapes me. Vasquez hasn't resigned in a situation with
a lot of honor," said local government watchdog Bruce Whitaker.
"I can only surmise that the reason is to keep his name out there in front of his
supporters and the lobbyists in case he wants to run again."
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