Why We Hope a GOP Political Staffer Sues Us…But Know She Won’t!

A week ago today the attorney for Assemblyman Marc Steinorth’s chief of staff, Heather Rouhana, sent us a letter threatening a defamation of character lawsuit if we did not take down a specific post within 12 hours.

What was the problem with the post you may be asking?

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Assemblyman Marc Steinorth takes a selfie with his chief of staff, Heather Rouhana

We reported that numerous sources had told us that the married Steinorth was romantically involved with Rouhana. It was also our understanding that when his wife found out and confronted him that an intense argument ensued and ended up with her calling 9-1-1 to report a domestic disturbance.

Now, why would we hope that Rouhana opts to sue us in a court of law?

First and foremost, they will lose and lose “BIGLY!”

We believe the threats made by her attorney are a ridiculous attempt to intimidate and scare us into silence. We also believe that the argument that she is a private person and that a potential affair with an elected official is a private matter is ludicrous. We rebutted the letter here.

Secondly, when they lose…and they will…she will be forced to pay our attorney’s legal bills under California’s “Anti-SLAPP” provisions.

SLAPP stands for strategic lawsuit against public participation. These types of lawsuits are “intended to censor, intimidate, and silence critics by burdening then with the cost of a legal defense until they abandon their criticism or opposition.”

Because of their chilling effect on free speech -- legislators sought to discourage abuse by allowing the defendant to collect the cost of their legal fees from the plaintiff if they win.​

Thirdly…as in O-M-G-! We are talking discovery.

We get to deposition Marc Steinorth and his wife, Rouhana, other staffers, neighbors, the deputy who responded to the call, etc. We get a gander at the police report that we were denied access to, listen to the 9-1-1 call, we’d have access to phone and text records, emails, and snoop around his business too!

Finally, it is a political blunder.

Such a move would be published in the newspapers. It might even make national news as an attack on the blogosphere over the chilling repercussions such a suit would have on our First Amendment rights. And the case would drag out during the 2018 campaign. No bueno.

Not to mention that there are other aspects of such a decision we can exploit for our political advantage.​

So there you have it -- reasons why we want to get sued but ultimately do not believe we will.

You can't always get what you want...​

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Joseph Turner

Joseph Turner is the founder and executive director for American Children First. He is a nationalist hardliner on illegal immigration issues and considered one of the foremost visionary and strategic thinkers in the movement. Previously, he founded the California-based anti-illegal immigration group Save Our State in 2004. He also authored the Illegal Immigration Relief Act (IIRA) in 2005 which served as the model blueprint for dozens of other cities, most notably Hazleton (PA) and Farmers Branch (TX). The IIRA is believed to have represented the first ever attempt to use the local initiative process to combat illegal immigration in the United States.

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