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April 28, 2002

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Contact: Bill Orton at (562) 598-9630

Orton invites opponent to May 19th "Go-Go" party

      (HUNTINGTON BEACH) -- It may not result in a traditional campaign debate, but voters in coastal Orange County may witness an electoral first: two legislative candidates dancing out their differences at a "go-go" party slated for May 19.

      While attending the April 27th dedication of HB's John Baca Park, Assembly candidate William R. "Bill" Orton (D-Seal Beach) took the opportunity following the official ceremony to introduce himself to his election opponent, Assemblyman Tom Harman (R-Huntington Beach.)

      "We had a pleasant chat," said Orton. "The gentleman introduced me to his wife and we spoke briefly about November."

      Orton, carrying a stack of cards announcing an evening "go-go party" fundraiser to be held at HB's Old World Sunday, May 19, invited the Assemblyman.

      "He took the card and is certainly welcome to come dance," said Orton.

      The dedication of Baca Park honors a former HB resident and recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor.

      John Baca saved the lives of his comrades in Vietnam when he dove on a live grenade, taking the full explosion in his abdomen. Baca, who traveled from San Diego for the ceremony, was joined by six other men who had also earned either the Medal of Honor or a Distinguished Service Cross from their respective service branch.

      The park is located in a tract of home near the city's main library and Central Park.

      TIDBITS: Orton, chatting with attendees after the Baca Park ceremony, urged people to write o President Bush, to urge that the U.S. government initiate talks with the Japanese on reparations for 20,000 veterans and civilians held during WWII as POWs. Orton also repeated his call for the construction of a veterans home in nearby Long Beach, as championed by local Seal Beach City Councilmember John Larsen, and for legislation to exempt veterans from state fees for hunting and fishing licenses.

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      BILL ORTON is the Democratic candidate for State Assembly in the 67th District, which covers Cypress, Huntington Beach, La Palma, Los Alamitos, Rossmoor, Seal Beach, and portions of Anaheim, Garden Grove, Stanton and Westminster.
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