Longville

By John Longville
Posted: 11/23/2012 08:29:58 AM PST

Many of my Republican friends have been embarrassed by Mitt Romney’s graceless comments in a telephone conference call with major donors following his defeat earlier this month. But last Sunday’s “Point of View” column by about-to-be-former Rep. Joe Baca reveals that we Inland Empire Democrats have a bigger frog in our smaller pond.

Baca’s landslide defeat (56 percent to 44 percent) in his re-election campaign, at the hands of state Sen. Gloria Negrete McLeod is difficult for him to accept, so he blames New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. But Baca’s problems dealing with women go back a long time. I first encountered his misogynist attitudes a quarter-century ago, when he insisted on referring to my wife as my “girlfriend” because Vicki kept her own last name when we married, an insult for which he refused to apologize even after she was killed by a drunken driver in 1991.

When I replaced Joe in the state Assembly in 1998 I was amazed at the stories female legislators told of his refusal to accept them as equals. His most noteworthy woman-bashing came in 2007, when Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez resigned from the Congressional Hispanic Caucus after Baca, then chair of the caucus, referred to her as a “whore” in a conversation with other lawmakers. Five other members of the caucus also resigned over Baca’s improprieties.

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