AG Has Heard Enough From Duvall

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    California State Assembly

    California's attorney general does not plan to investigate a state lawmaker who resigned after he was caught on videotape boasting to a colleague about his extramarital sexual escapades with two female lobbyists.

    Scott Gerber, a spokesman for Attorney General Jerry Brown, said former Assemblyman Mike Duvall did not break any laws and won't be investigated unless new information comes to light.

    Audio: Duvall Talking Dirty

    [LA] Audio: Duvall Talking Dirty
    Assemblyman Michael Duvall is caught on tape boasting of his sexual exploits. (Published Tuesday, Nov 3, 2009)

    After the videotape was made public, several political watchdog groups asked Brown to determine whether Duvall could be prosecuted for trading votes for sex. The California Legislature's lawyers told lawmakers last week they did not have the legal authority to investigate Duvall, a 54-year-old married father from Yorba Linda.

    "I want to make it clear that my decision to resign is in no way an admission that I had an affair or affairs," Duvall said in a statement on his website. "My offense was engaging in inappropriate story-telling and I regret my language and choice of words. The resulting media coverage was proving to be an unneeded distraction to my colleagues and I resigned in the hope that my decision would allow them to return to the business of the state."

    Just before the start of a committee meeting earlier this summer, Duvall was bragging to Assemblyman Jeff Miller, who was seated to his left, about his sexual encounters with two lobbyists. Duvall apparently did not realize the audio was picked up by the Legislature's in-house channel on the mic positioned in front of him.

    A special election will be conducted Jan. 12 to determine who will replace the California Assembly's best-known inappropriate story teller. An open primary -- voters can cross party lines -- will be Nov. 17.

    If any candidate gets more than 50 percent the vote, he or she  will win the seat outright. If no one gets a majority of the vote, the top  Democratic vote-getter and the top Republican vote-getter will square off Jan.  12, according to Mike Naple, a spokesman for the governor and the Secretary of  State's office.

    The 72nd Assembly District covers Fullerton, Anaheim, Placentia, Orange,  Brea, Yorba Linda and La Habra.