Aug 212019

Welcome to Thunderdome Michelle Brough. Your intrepid blogger is using your name for the first time as you joined in the festivities!

For those of you living under a rock – the Assembly District 73 political landscape is ablaze. William “Bill” Brough is in serious trouble as revelations of his year’s long pattern of misconduct are coming to light. With Bill Brough imperiled, Michelle Brough has decided to sortie out of her bunker with a Letter to the Editor that was printed in the Dana Point paper.

Frankly, I am wondering how many times Bill Brough has come home at 2AM or later wasted. (If he even came home at all) I am also wondering if the Junkets to Ireland and Hawaii were so awesome that Mrs. Brough is blissfully ignoring her husband’s morally reprehensible conduct?

Perhaps Michelle did not write this “Letter to the Editor” herself? (Harvey, anyone???)

Nevertheless, the truth about a lot of these questions may never be known. But the truth is that people with severe behavioral disorders (narcissism, addiction, philandering, etc) require maintenance and this is usually in the form of a codependent enabler.

So – let’s dive in to this literary masterpiece with a few editorial comments from your intrepid blogger, shall we?

Michelle Brough, Dana PointFor months, I stood by and watched my husband, Assemblyman Bill Brough, be dragged through the mud by his own political party because he dared to challenge the mighty Transportation Corridor Agencies (the Toll Roads). But now, my children have been negatively impacted by the negligent actions of some in the name of political retribution against my husband. How dare they?

Blogger’s Note: I don’t even know the names of the children as they are not the subject. However, a women who attempts to hide behind her children to invoke sympathy needs therapy. 

To promote good governance, my husband proposed a bill merely asking for an audit of the Toll Roads (that have spent and collected billions of our dollars) to ensure that his constituents’ hard-earned money was not being squandered by this unaccountable quasi-governmental powerhouse. Now one would think that any elected individual, regardless of party, would encourage legislation that reviewed how an agency with the power to mandate fees spends that money. (I am not talking about the toll one pays to drive on the roads; I am talking about the fees assessed by the toll roads on developers and businesses attempting to build or expand in our communities that increase every year and then get passed on to us.) This is not the case here. In fact, when my husband began discussing this legislation, he was told by his then-district director, Jennifer Beall (whose husband is Rancho Santa Margarita Councilman L. Anthony Beall and receives compensation for serving as a director on the Toll Road board and whose law firm has represented toll road and transportation authority issues throughout the country), that “he would be destroyed.” This was stated to my husband in front of another elected official.

Blogger’s Note: Was there an audit in that assembly bill somewhere? It calls for the disbandment of the Joint Powers Authority, effectively ending the Toll Road Authority (aka OCTCA) Did Harvey forget his own bill or was it gutted and amended when your husband was blacked out drunk?

My school-aged children are being severely and callously harmed by the false allegations being levied against their father for petty politics and money, albeit a lot of money, which apparently is more important to some than the welfare of a child.

Supervisor Lisa Bartlett, who recently told the press that she is experiencing nightmares because of my husband’s alleged actions that occurred 11 years ago, has done quite well by the Toll Roads. Her campaign consultant, president of Venture Strategic, on a motion made by Ms. Bartlett as a board member of the Toll Roads ended up with a $1.8 million-dollar consulting contract. Apparently, conflict of interest is not relevant with the Toll Roads. The motion to hire her consultant was originally made when Ms. Bartlett still owed money to this consultant.

Blogger’s Note: Um, Michelle – the incident was in 2011 (the first one that is). There have been three other women since, some with more than one run-in with your husband (including Mrs. Bartlett)… yikes. Have you ever wondered what the hell he was doing before he staggered in the front door at 2am all those nights? You might also ask Harvey Englander about former campaign clients voting on other government projects he’s consulted on after their election… 

Now, maybe there is nothing wrong with any of this (an audit should show any misconduct). But, the response against my husband makes me think that certain folks are afraid of what may be unearthed by such an audit. A few of the current and former Toll Road board members, including Ms. Bartlett, Anthony Beall, Ed Sachs and Michael Munzing, who claim to be good governance Republicans, have thrown fits, personally bashing my husband, while other board members focus on the legislation and welcome an audit. What are certain board members so afraid of?

Blogger’s Note: GASP! Your Husband is an Assemblyman and people are bashing him? Say it ain’t so… or are you just now figuring out that there is actual work involved in that job? 

I am in no way suggesting that credible sexual harassment claims should be casually dismissed; but, neither should the possibility of false allegations that are politically or financially motivated be overlooked. False allegations should be taken equally seriously, as they severely undermine those hundreds of thousands of legitimate claims that are out there.

Lisa Bartlett has changed her story repeatedly about the event that she alleges occurred 11 years ago.  Also, she seems to want to publicize her allegations at a time that would benefit her politically.  Additionally, I have credible reason to believe she has promised a job to the other woman that alleged my husband harassed her in return for her talking to the press.

We were told that this would all go away if my husband does not seek re-election, in which case his Toll Road bill would die. These facts should at least raise questions about the legitimacy of the allegations.

Blogger’s Note – If you’d prefer, I am willing to continue railing on Mr. Brough for years after he is unseated in 2020? Let me know, I’m here to help… 

That said, if what they say about my husband is true, they absolutely should file a complaint against him in a court of law—clearly, they are not worried about discussing the allegations (they had no problem talking to the press and others in closed and open door meetings). Please, I implore you, rather than call my husband a “sexual predator” in your constituent meetings and at social events, file a lawsuit, let’s get the facts out. A lawsuit would also grant my husband his right to due process. Unfortunately, even if my husband were to prevail, the damage that they have caused cannot be undone.

Blogger’s Note – What law school did you attend? Have you ever heard of discovery? If this request for a lawsuit is sincere, then you are worse off than I first believed… 

This mom has had enough! If there is wrongdoing, one should absolutely file a complaint; but it is not OK to intentionally ruin anyone’s reputation and harm their children solely for personal or political gain.  I am utterly disgusted with what politics has become—rather than logical arguments to support their political positions, candidates and politicians sling mud and tell lies in an attempt to damage those with whom they disagree.

Blogger’s Note – If you’d had enough, you’d have dumped this loser years ago. Anything less is codependency or complicity. 

Politics has become a game where politicians profit off of the backs of the citizens whose interests they are supposed to be protecting and serving.  Ask your elected officials about their position on auditing the toll road to see how the money was spent; their answer says it all!

It is clear that this hay-maker from Mrs. Brough is proof that the scrutiny of William “Bill” Brough’s actions is having an impact. It is also clear that Michelle Brough is as much a codependent as I believe Bill is addicted to alcohol. It defies logic that she could be blissfully unaware of Bill’s behavior. It is equally as likely that Mrs. Brough has long since made peace with this stuff because she likes the perks of his campaign account. Perhaps she likes the Bourbon Barrel or has a thing for expensive cigars? She has been known for years to be sharply critical and derisive of her husband that she is now virulently defending. The patterns are classic and anyone with basic background in psychology can discern them.

Another key note: this letter was submitted and published several days after my first post blasting Harvey Englander. Its’ focus on the Toll Road issue and some of the selected bits of data suggest strongly that Harvey Englander wrote the letter or influenced its’ content.

Whatever the motivation, this is quite sad and politically stupid.

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