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September 28, 1988 | CLAUDIA LUTHER, Times Political Writer
A top aide to Rep. Robert K. Dornan (R-Garden Grove) said Tuesday that it was "regrettable" that Dornan's wife, Sallie, publicly disclosed her belief that her brother was gay and suffering from AIDS. "We admit that was a regrettable mistake," said aide Brian Bennett. "It's regrettable that his (the brother's) privacy was jeopardized and the privacy of the Dornan family." The incident, Bennett said, has "caused dissension in the family."
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October 27, 1994 | MARTIN MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The 1992 Democratic opponent of Rep. Robert K. Dornan broke ranks with his party Wednesday, endorsing the eight-term Republican congressman over his challenger, Mike Farber. At a news conference at Dornan campaign headquarters, Robert Banuelos said Farber's recent attacks on the incumbent's moral character motivated him to jump party lines. The Farber campaign has sent out two mailers since Oct. 15 in the 46th District accusing Dornan of physically attacking his wife.
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June 24, 1993 | DAVE LESHER, TIMES POLITICAL WRITER
For all of his public life, there has been a painful secret in Rep. Robert K. Dornan's political closet involving a series of aborted divorce suits in which the congressman's wife alleged over a 16-year period that she was beaten by her husband. The issue has hardly been mentioned in public, even though Dornan (R-Garden Grove) says his political opponents have whispered about it in every campaign since the outspoken conservative first ran for Congress in 1976.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 4, 1994 | Dana Parsons
Orange County Democrats don't really think they can outslug Bob Dornan, do they? Dazzle him with footwork? Maybe. Tire him out with marathon campaigning? Perhaps. But stand toe-to-toe and exchange body punches with the master blaster? Strange as it sounds, that's the Democrats' plan this year for unseating the eight-term Republican congressman. One of the strategists of the "BeatBob" campaign says he can't wait.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 30, 1988
We've heard from the enemies and opponents of Bob Dornan. Now we've even heard from a member of his staff and also his wife. How about hearing from one of his constituents? As a resident of the 38th Congressional District, I am proud to have Robert K. Dornan representing me in Congress. Bob Dornan is a congressman who truly represents my views, and, I believe, the view of the majority of his constituency. He has served his country and this district well for many years. So you can print all the lies about this gutsy, feisty congressman you want.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 25, 1993 | Dana Parsons
The Bob and Sallie Dornan saga, revealed in depth for the first time in Thursday's Times, suggests a dozen different scenarios. I don't have enough room in this column to touch on every twist that's popped into my head. Let's just say there's enough grist in the couple's revelations to satisfy every conspiracy theorist, armchair psychologist and political junkie in Orange County. Bob Dornan as victim? Bob Dornan as beleaguered and, yet, still empathetic husband?
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October 4, 1988 | CLAUDIA LUTHER, Times Political Writer
Rep. Robert K. Dornan's brother-in-law, who found himself unwittingly at the center of a controversy when Dornan's wife asserted in a public forum that he was gay and dying of AIDS, has tested negative for the AIDS virus. "I had a feeling I was strong and healthy," said the brother-in-law, Douglas Richard Hansen, who has asserted all along that he is not ill with AIDS and who offered to take an AIDS test to end the controversy. "I just pray not another soul in this world gets it (AIDS)."
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September 19, 1988 | MARK LANDSBAUM, Times Staff Writer
In the midst of a heated exchange between Rep. Robert K. Dornan and a gay activist Sunday, the conservative Garden Grove congressman learned that his brother-in-law is dying of AIDS. The revelation came as Dornan engaged in a fiery finger-pointing debate in front of about 200 people at a Town Hall forum at Pacifica High School in Garden Grove.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 27, 1993
Like him or hate him, Bob Dornan is a rare politician--he tells you where he stands on an issue without the typical political rhetoric. Now the Dornans have gone public with a valiant story ("Dornans Go Public With Private Pain," June 24) of Sallie Dornan's addiction to prescription drugs and alcohol. Sallie should be a role model for others fighting the same battle on a daily basis. I am only sorry that today's political climate mandates such a private and personal battle going public.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 27, 1994 | MARTIN MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The 1992 Democratic opponent of Rep. Robert K. Dornan broke ranks with his party Wednesday, endorsing the eight-term Republican congressman over his challenger, Mike Farber. At a news conference at Dornan campaign headquarters, Robert Banuelos said Farber's recent attacks on the incumbent's moral character motivated him to jump party lines. The Farber campaign has sent out two mailers since Oct. 15 in the 46th District accusing Dornan of physically attacking his wife.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 4, 1993
I was rather annoyed that your fine paper would devote a complete page on the secret life of Bob Dornan ("Dornans Go Public With Private Pain," June 24). Quite frankly, I would rather read news items of interest, instead of a long-winded article of insignificant facts. Perhaps these disclosures are aimed at "softening up" his bid for President in 1996 when in fact this type of issue is no longer considered in the process. (Look at the last election.) Let's bring news of real interest to your readers.
NEWS
June 30, 1993
I just read the article about how the wife of Bob Dornan repeatedly filed for divorce, alleging he beat her, pointed guns at her and violated restraining orders against her ("I Take Full Blame," June 24). She now says that none of it ever happened, that Bob has been the model husband and that the dozens of allegations over the last few decades were fantasies brought on by her alcohol and drug dependency. Given that Dornan has always seemed incapable of discussing a new crosswalk without frothing at the mouth and questioning the sanity and personal morality of those who disagree with him, some of us may have a wee bit of trouble buying that it was all a multi-decade delusion.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 27, 1993
Like him or hate him, Bob Dornan is a rare politician--he tells you where he stands on an issue without the typical political rhetoric. Now the Dornans have gone public with a valiant story ("Dornans Go Public With Private Pain," June 24) of Sallie Dornan's addiction to prescription drugs and alcohol. Sallie should be a role model for others fighting the same battle on a daily basis. I am only sorry that today's political climate mandates such a private and personal battle going public.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 25, 1993 | a Times Staff Writer
Rep. Robert K. Dornan, the conservative Orange County congressman and presidential hopeful, took issue Thursday with a Los Angeles Times report that detailed his wife's use of Valium and the legal problems it caused him, but he said the story "should put an end to the unfounded, vicious allegations that have haunted my family for many years."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 25, 1993 | Dana Parsons
The Bob and Sallie Dornan saga, revealed in depth for the first time in Thursday's Times, suggests a dozen different scenarios. I don't have enough room in this column to touch on every twist that's popped into my head. Let's just say there's enough grist in the couple's revelations to satisfy every conspiracy theorist, armchair psychologist and political junkie in Orange County. Bob Dornan as victim? Bob Dornan as beleaguered and, yet, still empathetic husband?
NEWS
June 24, 1993 | DAVE LESHER, TIMES POLITICAL WRITER
For all of his public life, there has been a painful secret in Rep. Robert K. Dornan's political closet involving a series of aborted divorce suits in which the congressman's wife alleged over a 16-year period that she was beaten by her husband. The issue has hardly been mentioned in public, even though Dornan (R-Garden Grove) says his political opponents have whispered about it in every campaign since the outspoken conservative first ran for Congress in 1976.
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September 25, 1988 | CLAUDIA LUTHER, Times Political Writer
The brother-in-law of Rep. Robert K. Dornan says he is not gay and is not suffering from AIDS, contradicting public statements made last week by the congressman's wife. In an interview with The Times, Douglas Richard Hansen, 51, a landscape architect in San Diego, said he is fuming over the comments of his sister, Sallie Dornan, at a political gathering last Sunday in Garden Grove.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 25, 1988 | CLAUDIA LUTHER, Times Political Writer
Rep. Robert K. Dornan's brother-in-law says his sister's public statements last week that he is gay and suffering from AIDS are untrue. In an interview with The Times, Douglas Richard Hansen, 51, a landscape architect in San Diego, said he is fuming over Sallie Dornan's comments at a political gathering last Sunday in Garden Grove.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 30, 1988
We've heard from the enemies and opponents of Bob Dornan. Now we've even heard from a member of his staff and also his wife. How about hearing from one of his constituents? As a resident of the 38th Congressional District, I am proud to have Robert K. Dornan representing me in Congress. Bob Dornan is a congressman who truly represents my views, and, I believe, the view of the majority of his constituency. He has served his country and this district well for many years. So you can print all the lies about this gutsy, feisty congressman you want.
NEWS
October 4, 1988 | CLAUDIA LUTHER, Times Political Writer
Rep. Robert K. Dornan's brother-in-law, who found himself unwittingly at the center of a controversy when Dornan's wife asserted in a public forum that he was gay and dying of AIDS, has tested negative for the AIDS virus. "I had a feeling I was strong and healthy," said the brother-in-law, Douglas Richard Hansen, who has asserted all along that he is not ill with AIDS and who offered to take an AIDS test to end the controversy. "I just pray not another soul in this world gets it (AIDS)."
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