Diane Harkey Suit Against Political Opponent Rooted in Her Husband's Ponzi-Like Scheme

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A Bay Area political observer finds it odd that termed-out Assemblywoman Diane Harkey (R-Dana Point), "who often shreds trial lawyers and complains about 'lawsuit abuse,'" is suing a fellow Republican politician for $5 million for alleged "defamation."

It makes more sense when you understand Harkey is trying to extend her political career as a member of the Board of Equalization, as is the target of her suit and one of her opponents for the board seat, state Sen. Mark Wyland (R- San Diego).

"This may be the most exciting BOE race EVER," writes San Francisco Chronicle political blogger Joe Garofoli. "A very low bar, indeed, but still...."

The dust-up, as close Weekly readers may have figured out by now, centers around the bankruptcy, fraud allegations and general doucheyness surrounding Harkey's husband Dan and his former Point Center Financial Co. that helped provide some of the financial acumen his wife touts as she jumps from one taxpayer-funded office to another.

Assemblywoman Diane Harkey's Husband Dan Ordered to Pay $11.6 mil for Ponzi-Like Scheme

Diane Harkey accuses Wyland of having maliciously referred to Dan Harkey's legal and financial problems--$10 million and counting, according to the bankruptcy court--at a teabagger event last summer solely to embarrass her in front of potential voters. Garofoli writes that, according to the lawsuit, Wyland said, "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 ..."

Harkey is zeroing in on the "modest means" line because many of the investors suing her husband "have substantial financial resources ... with net worths exceeding $1,000,000," Garofoli writes. "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.'"

Whether they were well off or not, litigant Kurt Sipolski finds it eeeeevil with a capital E that Dan Harkey first used the investors' own money to fight the financial elder abuse lawsuit they brought against him and then declared bankruptcy to tie up for years the $11 million judgment awarded to those who sued.

"I mean, we ARE dealing with seniors, here!" Sipolski writes in an email. "Plaintiffs have already died waiting for their money back."

Let the eating of their own continue ...

Email: mcoker@ocweekly.com. Twitter: @MatthewTCoker. Follow OC Weekly on Twitter @ocweekly or on Facebook!



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As a political outsider, I am extremely disappointed in Diane Harkey's acts as a public official, especially as it relates to California Senate Bill 131, currently awaiting signature from Governor Brown.  As a member of California's Assembly Appropriations Committee, and a long-time resident of Dana Point, California, Assemblywoman Harkey had an opportunity to act on behalf of sex abuse victims and their right to the fair administration of justice in a civil court of law, but played the Republican card and tried to denied civil justice to victims who deserve justice.

Making the situation even worse, Catholic Assemblywoman Harkey and her family know that St. Ed's in Dana Point had more assigned sexual predator priests than any other parish in Orange County, CA, and without California's 2003 Sex Abuse Law, multiple sexual predator priests would still have full access to children.  SB 131 is just a way to clear up appellate court rulings to make the intent of California's law consistent. 

Assemblywoman Harkey failed the test as a public official, in my personal opinion, and should hang up her hat as it relates to acting on behalf of children, families and the common good, aka an elected public official -- PERSONAL OPINION of course, an exercise of a guaranteed freedom that is NOT often recognized in Orange County, California, unless you are a member of the OC Republican GOP.

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