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The Flag

August 25, 2002

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Bill Orton at (562) 598-9630 or by email at <bill@billyorton.com>

Elvis answers politician's email

     (ORANGE COUNTY, CA.) -- -- Elvis Presley may be 25 years gone, but the King still checks his email.

      Or so legislative candidate William R. "Bill" Orton (D-Seal Beach) has found out.

      "I've put out a call to Elvis for his help in my race," said Orton, "and the email keeps coming."

      Orton, who is running for the state Assembly in California's 67th district, features a banner "Calling for Elvis" on the main page of his campaign website, http://billyorton.com, in which he announces his intention to hire "up to 100 Elvises" for the final stretch of the campaign.

      While at Kinkos to do a recent email press release, the candidate surfed Elvis tribute artist sites. Orton pulled down several dozen email addresses, dispatched an appeal and then went on to other computer work.

      "Within a couple of hours of sending off an appeal to Elvis, I got replies from artists around the world," said Orton. "Elvis is obviously checking his mailbox."

      The tribute artist sites spanned the globe, said Orton. Louis Rockafella and Paul Courtenay Hyu, both of England, expressed interest but inquired about air travel. Hyu is also known as "England's Chinese Elvis." Artists from Tennessee and other parts of the United States offered support.

      But Orton's most valuable Elvis connection sprang from his chance trip through a local Mexican eatery.

      Orton, in Garden Grove on Friday to pick up a copy of the OC News, found parking on Main Street blocked by a classic car show. Parking behind the popular Azteca restaurant, Orton wound his way through the eatery -- an Elvis lover's haven -- to find Denese Dody and an Elvis artist setting up for the last Friday evening concert in the city of Garden Grove's summer series.

      Orton had traded several messages with Dody, who manages a number of Elvis tribute artists. After picking up the local paper, he approached the performer and manager and introduced himself as "a politician."

      "When I introduced myself, Denese knew immediately who I was and said to Elvis that I'm the politician she had told him about," said Orton. "It pays to pick up the local papers."

      Concluded the politician, "I think we've got a genuine October surprise coming."

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Bill Orton for CALIFORNIA'S 67th ASSEMBLY DISTRICT
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