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After National Scandal, Voters Give Former Mayor a Second Chance

Dean Grose wins a City Council seat three years after creating a national furor by forwarding an email with a picture of a watermelon patch on the White House lawn.

Los Alamitos voters on Tuesday welcomed back a former mayor who was forced to resign after making national headlines in 2009 for forwarding an email depicting a watermelon patch on the front lawn of the White House.

Former Los Alamitos mayor Dean Grose, a local businessman, was elected to serve four more years, clinching one of two spots on the city dais, according to the Orange County Registrar of Voters.

The vote is a remarkable affirmation for Grose, who faced national scorn three years ago for the email sent in the wake of Obama’s election as the nation’s first black president.

He had forwarded the email—a cartoon captioned "No Easter egg hunt this year"—to a local volunteer, triggering a public outcry for his resignation. Despite the scandal, he remained active in the community and recently called on voters to accept his apology and “move on.”

“As we go through life, we also do things, some things, we later regret,” Grose told voters at a recent candidates forum. “That particular instant I received a cartoon, laughed and thought it was cute and forwarded it on to a couple of friends. I didn’t understand at the time the impact that it would have. I understand that now, I have a great deal more sensitivity than I did at that particular point ... I have apologized to my colleagues that were on the council at the time and also the community.”

“It’s time to move on,“ he added. “There are some folks in the community that believe that’s not possible. I do. We’ll let the voters make that decision.”

Grose could not be reached for comment Monday night.

met00 November 08, 2012 at 09:48 PM
The vote is an "affirmation"? [Patch's earlier reported spending] Grose: $10,299.94 Murphy: $3,219 Stephens: $2,593.37 Based on votes @ 2AM 7/7/12: Murphy: $1.87/vote Grose: $7.09/vote Stephens: $2.13/vote Devaney: $0.78/vote (estimated using $1,000 as the base) So, Grose bought his seat by spending 3.8 times as much as Murphy for each vote. And even with that he only made second by 235 votes. Had Stephens spent as little as $1 more per vote he most likely would have gotten those few additional votes needed to beat Dean. "The vote is a remarkable affirmation for Grose." Bullcrap. It's an affirmation that if you spend in excess of three times more for your campaign you can fool enough people to get second place.

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