Family Action PAC Recognizes Steve Mensinger For His Public Service
Posted by Greg Woodard on December 10, 2013
The Family Action PAC held its annual Christmas Party on December 5, 2013. Part of the festivities included presenting “Red Tie Awards” to individuals who have made an impact in their community. This year, Costa Mesa City Councilman Steve Mensinger was awarded the “Excellence in Public Service” Red Tie. Many know the trials Steve and fellow council member Jim Righeimer have endured at the hands of the unions during the years that they have been fighting for pension and other reforms in their city.
Steve and Jim have filed a lawsuit against the Costa Mesa Police Officer’s Association, the Association’s former law firm, and one of the firm’s investigators. The lawsuit alleges a pattern of harassment by the defendants during the 2012 election campaign. One of the allegations is that the defendants sent a woman into a local restaurant and bar where Steve and Jim had gone, in an attempt to get Steve in a compromising position, which they failed to do. While at the restaurant, the defendant investigator then followed Jim home and called the police alleging that Jim was driving erratically. The police came to Jim’s home late at night and administered a sobriety test in front of his wife and young daughters, which Jim easily passed considering the strongest thing he had to drink that night was a Diet Coke.
Recently, the Orange County D.A.’s office revealed that a GPS tracking device was placed on Steve’s car during the time he was campaigning for re-election in 2012. Steve and Jim have added an allegation that the defendants are responsible for the GPS tracking device to their lawsuit. Steve has likened the ordeal to a John Grisham novel, and the law firm representing Jim and Steve calls it a sophisticated conspiracy, “straight out of the Watergate diaries.”
Jim introduced Steve at the Family Action PAC luncheon, and at the end of his speech the emotion in the room was palpable. Jim also put a very human face on the issue, pointing out the impact not only on themselves, but also on their wives who were in attendance. Steve, ordinarily very vocal, was visibly affected by Jim’s words, and was only able to choke out a thank you to Jim and all of the attenders.
If proven, the illegal, immoral, and invasive actions of the unions and their cohorts should be severely punished, both in a court of law and in the court of public opinion. If unions are resorting to these activities to protect their stranglehold on local city and county politics, they must be stopped. We should all applaud individual like Jim and Steve who are not afraid to stand against the money and power of the unions as they seek to make their cities a better place for their residents.