Rep. Robert K. Dornan (R-Garden Grove) fired the first round since the June primary by linking opponent Assemblyman Richard Robinson (D-Garden Grove) to the W. Patrick Moriarty political corruption scandal.
This time, Dornan's wife, Sallie, was involved.
In a personalized letter sent to voters of Dornan's 38th Congressional District, Sallie described "very disturbing charges involving sex for hire, bribery and horrible abuse of women" that allegedly involved Robinson.
She then recounted a January, 1985, allegation by a former Moriarty associate that Robinson had accepted prostitutes from the former Anaheim fireworks manufacturer in exchange for political favors.
The mailer, Robinson said, "descends into the gutter."
Robinson fired back by accusing Dornan of trying to divert attention from his frequent travels to the Third World
Robinson has never been charged with any crime as a result of the political corruption investigation. He has repeatedly denied the prostitute allegation. In the letter, Dornan asked that U.S. Atty. Gen. Edwin Meese III investigate Robinson.