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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 29, 1996
I am clearly not of the same mind as the Dornanites who now must work at the pitiable task of soothing and cajoling their fallen hero. I am a realist who can't understand why it took so long to rid Garden Grove of this embarrassing blemish. It will be a breath of fresh air to have a real person like Loretta Sanchez uplifting the people in her district. G. FRED LOGAN Laguna Niguel Stop picking on Bob Dornan when he's down. In recognition of his many years of service, I nominate him for the Michael Huffington Graceful Winner Medal.
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April 4, 2004
Former U.S. Rep. Robert K. Dornan may have ended his political career as almost a caricature of himself, but I will always remember his tremendous support of the families of Vietnam MIAs ("The Still-Fighting Irishman," by Jean O. Pasco, March 14). He was the only politician urging government intervention in determining the status of MIAs. Many of us greatly appreciated his concern and helpfulness. Lyndall Wiggins Dvojack Whittier
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 6, 1991
The party of Abraham Lincoln is now the party of Robert Dornan, Arlen Specter and David Duke! H. FRANK MARSHALL Balboa Island
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March 14, 2004 | Jean O. Pasco, Times staff writer Jean O. Pasco has covered Orange County politics since 1984.
"Do I dare Disturb the universe?" -- T.S. Eliot, "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" * Former U.S. Rep. Robert K. Dornan walked to the microphone at the Sutton Place Hotel in Newport Beach in 1998 to deliver what most believed, incorrectly, would be his political farewell. He'd succumbed--again--to Loretta Sanchez, the savvy Democrat who had yanked his Orange County seat two years earlier while he was running for president. It was just after 11 p.m. and things were about to get ugly.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 10, 1993
Is everyone as sick of Willie Brown and Robert Dornan as I am? MARGARET E. FORTNER Balboa Island
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 15, 1992
Let me get this straight: The Robert Dornan who went around threatening Republican women "with intraparty war" if they supported Judge Ryan is the same super-patriotic Robert Dornan who loudly extols the virtues of democracy? Seems he doesn't believe what he preaches! KAY SERAPHINE, Huntington Beach
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 14, 1989
Charles Young describes the current Congress as "arguably the most distinguished body of legislators in American history" (letter, Feb. 6). To this I can only say: Jesse Helms, Gordon Humphrey, Robert Dornan, Orrin Hatch, Dave Boren . . . DAVID M. SHERR Santa Monica
OPINION
March 22, 1992
It is interesting to note that three of California's most vocal opponents of obscenity, namely Reps. William Dannemeyer, Dana Rohrabacher and Robert Dornan, are guilty of writing bad checks (March 13). I will certainly remember their obscene behavior the next time one of these political Neanderthals drones on about the horrors of homosexuals or dirty art. JOANNE C. MURRAY, Santa Barbara
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 27, 1992
Our readers wrote letters throughout 1992, expressing their viewpoints on a variety of issues. Here are condensed versions of some of those letters to help us remember the events that mattered to Orange County readers this past year. We would like to thank the readers who took the time to share their views, and we look forward to hearing from them and others in 1992. Let me get this straight: The Robert Dornan (R-Garden Grove) who went around threatening Republican women "with intraparty war" if they supported Judge (Judith M.)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 26, 2004 | Mike Anton and Daniel Yi, Times Staff Writers
Politics has long been performance art for Robert Dornan. During his 18 years representing districts in Los Angeles and Orange counties, the House of Representatives was his stage. It was there that the former television talk-show host and B-movie actor became "B-1 Bob" for his fervent support of military spending. He once grabbed a colleague by the necktie and accused him of being a "draft-dodging wimp," and hectored another for being gay.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 6, 2003 | Jean O. Pasco, Times Staff Writer
The final crop of candidates filing for next year's elections in Orange County yielded a few surprises Friday amid a handful of competitive legislative races. The most interesting is the return of former Rep. Robert K. Dornan, a Republican who served 18 years in Congress until 1996. He paid his filing fee Wednesday to challenge Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Huntington Beach) and turned in voter signatures late Friday, according to early postings on the county registrar's Web site.
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November 4, 1999 | JEAN O. PASCO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Veteran U.S. Rep. Ron Packard, known as a leader in cutting government spending, said Wednesday that he will not seek reelection next year, opening his largely Republican district to a crush of GOP hopefuls. Packard, 68, said he will step down in January 2001, after 18 years in Congress, to spend more time with his family.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 5, 1998
Re "Davis, Boxer Win; Prop. 5 OKd," Nov. 4: This election message was clear. Republicans, stop digging into the sex lives of people and start doing your job of addressing the issues that concern people--education, crime, health care, etc. Negative witch hunts will backfire on you. RICHARD DIAMOND Los Angeles Plain and simple, the American public favors the party that supported a man for lying under oath and punishes the one that...
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October 18, 1998 | ESTHER SCHRADER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In Washington, where moving legislation means slogging through months of committee work and waiting, sometimes decades, to build power, Robert K. Dornan never bothered to bide his time. During nine terms in Congress, the contentious conservative chose his own way: He bullied, he yelled, he exposed, he insulted and he debated.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 6, 1998
Re Dana Parsons' Aug. 30 column: It's obvious that Republicans who vote for Robert Dornan in November will be voting to continue the dismemberment of the Republican Party. Religious-right candidate Dornan's hate-spewing rhetoric is typical of those present House representatives elected by religious-right efforts and their (tax-exempt) money. These same representatives are the ones who are causing gridlock this term in the House of Representatives--and causing serious division in the Republican Party.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 16, 1998 | PETER M. WARREN, TIMES POLITICAL WRITER
It's the kind of lyric that a die-hard like former Rep. Robert K. Dornan finds irresistible: "I get knocked down, but I get up again. You're never going to keep me down." So he began to use it last month as a welcoming ditty on his Web site. But now it's got him at cross-purposes with Chumbawamba, the English rock band that wrote those words for its hit song, "Tubthumping," and now wants to get back at Dornan by parodying him.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 27, 1998 | JEAN O. PASCO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Anaheim Councilman Bob Zemel withdrew Thursday his bid to become the Republican nominee to face Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Santa Ana) in November and endorsed former Rep. Robert K. Dornan. Zemel called upon the four remaining Republican hopefuls to back Dornan who lost to Sanchez in 1996 by 984 votes. Dornan claimed the margin came from non-citizens who voted for Sanchez, but his attempt to have the election overturned failed in the House of Representatives.
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