Here are the additional major developments in the “Hot Mike” Duvall story, in which the married California GOP lawmaker and family values crusader resigned yesterday after a hot mic picked up his bragging to a colleague about his sexual encounters with two women — one of whom is reportedly a lobbyist for an energy company before the committee of which he is vice chair:
• Duvall’s resignation will not stop lawmakers from investigating the matter, including whether Duvall traded votes or other influence on utilities issues for sex, according to Assembly Speaker Karen Bass, a Democrat. Indeed, one member of the ethics panel that will oversee the investigation told the Los Angeles Times that it could expand to look at other lawmakers’ affairs with lobbyists.
• Other progressive-leaning groups have joined the Courage Campaign in calling on the state’s attorney general, Jerry Brown, to conduct his own probe of the sex-for-votes issue. Brown declined to comment.
• The LA Times reported that, several times this year, Duvall voted against renewable energy measures opposed by Sempra Energy — the employer of the woman reported to be one of the subjects of his lewd boasting. But the measures — which would require utility companies to produce more renewable energy — were opposed by the GOP caucus broadly, so it’s far from clear that Duvall’s apparent relationship with the lobbyist influenced his votes.
• The LA Times and the AP identify Duvall’s interlocutor for his raunchy chat: Rep. Jeff Miller, also a Republican. According to the AP, when Duvall informed Miller at one point that he enjoyed spanking his lobbyist mistress, Miller asked whether she liked it too. Which seems only polite, really.
• The director of the Capitol Resource Institute, the social conservative group that had earlier this year extolled Duvall’s commitment to family values, said in a (under) statement: “It is always disappointing when a champion of traditional values does not practice the same in his private life. And this appears to be the case with Assemblyman Duvall.”