Orange Councilmember Jon Dumitru Caught Lying to Reporter While Slurring Longtime Resident
Add to this list a more concrete description: liar.
In a July column in the Foothills Sentry, a community newspaper serving the developments around Orange Park Acres, columnist Marjan Bavand Dunn--who also goes on and on about the superiority of her legal-immigrant parents to illegals, but that's another story--mentioned how Dumitru told Dunn he had just schooled some loudmouth Mexican on SB1070.
"I think this speaks volumes about the debate," Dunn then proceeded to write triumphantly. "The law isn't under attack as much as the perception, or rather misperception, of racism."
Only problem with the exchange between Alvarez and Dumitru? It never happened.
An infuriated Alvarez called the Sentry and Dumitru and demanded a retraction. An embarrassed Dunn published it in this month's issue of her column. "I was shocked to learn that Alvarez never met nor spoke to Dumitru," she sheepishly admitted. "Dumitru later admitted that he misspoke and 'meant to say' he was 'going to call her' and ask her if she read the resolutions."
What Dunn doesn't disclose, however, is that Dumitru never bothered calling Alvarez until after she complained to the Sentry, and the paper's editor called the councilmember to double-check his quotation. So, either way, Dumitru comes out as a liar. FUNNY.
In a letter to the editor published in the Sentry, Alvarez retells the above story and ends with strong words for Dunn and Dumitru. "In the future I suggest to the editor and the writer to check facts responsibly," she wrote. "I urge Jon Dumitru to think before speaking. There are serious consequences for such a fabrication as this."
Alvarez, by the way, is running for Orange city council. Better a longtimer help run the city than some idiot newbie...