Democratic Mayor of Los Angeles Antonio Villaraigosa decided it would be classy to show up to grab some media in Tampa where the Republican National Convention is being held. Villaraigosa is also the Democratic National Committee Convention Chair. As you can also see, courtesy of PJ Media, the mayor believes the way out of California’s debt and economic crisis is to spend and tax more:
Of course, this may be no suprise, given the Mayor’s political association with the Democratic Socialists of America and his “community organizer” past. At their 2005 conference, the DSA spoke about helping to get him elected:
Now we have a progressive mayor, thanks in large part to this impressive network of grassroots organizations, labor unions and community and environmental organizations. Many of them have lifted up some of their leaders into positions of electoral power.
A New Jersey mayor and his son were arrested Thursday by the FBI for allegedly hacking into an email account and website tied to a recall effort against the mayor— and then intimidating those associated with the site.
The Democratic mayor of West New York, Felix Roque, 55, and his son, 22 year old Joseph Roque stand accused of accessing and taking down the site because it was critical of the mayor and called for his recall
After the site, RecallRoque.com was taken down, Roque is alleged to have personally threatened or intimidated persons involved with the site. saying among other things, that the page had been taken down by “high government officials and that everyone would pay for getting involved against Mayor Roque.” He threatened to refer one to the Internal Revenue Service for an audit, according to the criminal complaint. Roque also allegedly threatened that he had a friend on the CIA: “A friend of mine. he works in the — I can’t tell you — three letters — CIA. You know. That’s how I get information. So what I’m doing is not very kosher.”
U.S. Attorney for the district of New Jersey, Paul J. Fishman said, “In this case, the elected leader of West New York and his son allegedly hacked into computers to intimidate constituents who were simply using the Internet to exercise their constitutional rights to criticize the government.”
The Roques are charged with gaining unauthorized access to computers in furtherance of causing damage to protected computers; causing damage to protected computers; and conspiracy to commit those crimes.
Felix and Joseph Roque appeared in shackles in federal court in Newark yesterday, where a judge told them that they could face up to 11 years in prison and $600,000 in fines. They were released on $100,000 bond each.