In February 2007, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed Orange County Republican Lynn Daucher as director of California's Department of Aging. At the time, Daucher–a 2006 campaign loser to Lou Correa for a state Senate seat–uttered a predictable line about the elation of public service.
“I am excited that Governor Schwarzenegger has chosen me to serve aging Californians,” she told reporters.
To be cynical—like we are about the 61-year-old Fullerton resident's credibility, there were $117,997 annual reasons for her joy.
But winning a cushy government post may not have been good enough for Daucher. Sources tell the Weekly that Daucher is embroiled in a behind-the-scenes controversy. The issue, we're told, pertains to Daucher's travel bills. Specifically, there are concerns that she's been improperly charging California taxpayers for personal travel and then attempting to mask the expenditures.
A Schwarzenegger administration official declined to address the issue on the record, but admits Daucher's days could be numbered in the Sacramento-based post.
Sarah Ludeman, spokeswoman at the Department of Aging, did not respond to two days' worth of phone calls.
In 2006, we named Daucher Worst Candidate in Orange County based on a campaign of shameful lies about Correa, a conservative Democrat, and an alleged unspecified plan by homosexuals to take over the world.
— R. Scott Moxley / OC Weekly
R. Scott Moxley’s award-winning investigative journalism has touched nerves for two decades. An angry congressman threatened to break Moxley’s knee caps. A dirty sheriff promised his critical reporting was irrelevant and then landed in prison. The U.S. House of Representatives debated his work. Federal prosecutors credited his stories for the arrest of a doctor who sold fake medicine to dying patients. Moxley has won Journalist of the Year honors at the Los Angeles Press Club; been named Distinguished Journalist of the Year by the LA Society of Professional Journalists; and hailed by two New York Times Magazine writers for his “herculean job” exposing Southern California law enforcement corruption.