Vicki Gunvalson does. not. know how to pick them. Vicki has been dating new man Steve Lodge and gushing about how great he is – even her daughter Briana seems to approve. Just when you think it couldn’t possibly be worse than Brooks Ayers comes news that Steve has a sleazy past all his own!
Steve, a would-be politician is currently running for Anaheim City Council under the platform that his past law enforcement experience will protect the city’s future, but Steve’s own past as an alleged dirty cop may come back to haunt him!
Seriously – it’s like Vicki blew all her Love Tank good luck with Donn, and since then it has been dud after dud. Or who knows – maybe Donn cursed her. Wouldn’t that be a fun storyline for Real Housewives Of Orange County?!
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Anyway, Steve, a former police officer turned city government consultant, had a disastrous attempt at running for city councilman in 2012. Oh, and if you think he merely retired from the police force, news sources tell a different story.
Running as a Republican even though he failed to secure an official party endorsement, Steve vied for a seat on the Anaheim City Council, finishing in last place – even behind a so-called “phantom candidate” (whatever that means). The reason for Steve’s spectacular failing had to do with his record as an officer in the SanTana police force where he was charged with multiple conduct violations, and according to the OC Weekly, was the subject of several excessive force lawsuits – including a case where a jaywalker received a $292,000 settlement as a result of Steve’s treatment.
Another of Steve’s victims was wrongfully imprisoned for murder (but has since been released).
Reportedly Steve was also against the city electing a Mexican Chief-Of-Police and told constituents, “He’s dirty. It’d be a bad choice.” However when Steve began running for city council he attempted to secure the Hispanic vote by billing himself as Steve “Chavez” Lodge and was subsequently sued by a blogger claiming he fraudulently used the name. A judge since ruled that he could run as Seven Albert Chavez Lodge. (His current campaign page on Facebook lists him as Steven Chavez Lodge). I assume that means he is, in fact, Hispanic? I’m sure Meghan King Edmonds is already on the case!
Luckily for the residents of Anaheim, it looks like Steve’s murky past and sleazy drama hasn’t daunted him – he is running again this year! With Vicki at his side? Is he using Real Housewives Of Orange County as a platform for his would-be political campaign? Honestly – wouldn’t that HURT his chances?
Shockingly reports say Steve has several wealthy backers in the Anaheim area – including the support of the banking industry. And the insurance one, I presume?
Whatever the case, Vicki is happy in love – and rushing into things, as always!
You can check out Steve’s campaign website here.
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