Ortiz-Legg discusses DUI, struggles during debate

September 23, 2016
Dawn Ortiz-Legg

Dawn Ortiz-Legg


Assembly candidate Dawn Ortiz-Legg didn’t charm North County voters Wednesday when she said she was happy to have experienced a DUI arrest or when she lashed out at her opponent Jordan Cunningham.

The candidates debated on conservative radio station KPRL and a couple of the questions came from pro-Cunningham callers. Ortiz-Legg struggled through much of the debate while Cunningham called her out for flip-flopping on an issue and for spouting misinformation about legal professionals.

Ortiz-Legg, a Democrat, and Cunningham, a Republican, are running for the 35th District Assembly seat. Ortiz-Legg is a solar energy consultant. Cunningham is a lawyer who previously worked as a San Luis Obispo County prosecutor and now runs his own law practice.

During the debate, a caller asked the candidates if either of them had ever been charged or convicted of a crime. Cunningham said he had not. Ortiz-Legg said she did not think she had been charged or convicted, but then went on to say she had a drunk driving offense and that she was really happy to have had the experience.

“I don’t think I have been charged or convicted of a crime,” Ortiz-Legg said. “Um, I did have a drunk driving offense back in 2001 that I am really happy that I had that experience because, you know, it was a type of a thing where you learn, like wow, a couple glasses of wine, a good thing I know now. Don’t let that happen again, so, that’s it.”

Another caller asked Ortiz-Legg if she would renounce her relationship and activities with the anti-war organization Code Pink.

“It’s for me again. Isn’t that a surprise?” Ortiz said and then started laughing after hearing the question from the caller.

Ortiz-Legg, who co-founded the local chapter of Code Pink, said she renounces the activities of the organization that are against veterans. The Democratic candidate also said she is married to a veteran, she has never participated in any activities against veterans and she was being portrayed as guilty by association.

Jordan Cunningham

Jordan Cunningham

Cunningham said the Code Pink issue is not guilt by association.

“Google search right now if you are near a computer. I would encourage all listeners. Google search Code Pink. Google search Dawn Ortiz Legg Code Pink,” Cunningham said. “She founded the local chapter of it. She drove to Bakersfield in 2005 and protested in front of a ceremony honoring high schoolers who had been admitted to military institutions.”

Cunningham also told listeners to read a CalCoastNews opinion piece Ortiz-Legg wrote in 2010 titled “Every war is a war against a child.”

“She wrote that we are guilty of war crimes in talking about criticizing the fact that we still had a military presence in Afghanistan fighting terrorists,” Cunningham said.

Ortiz-Legg said she has not been associated with Code Pink for more than 10 years, and the group is not anti-military.

Then, Ortiz-Legg went on the attack.

“I think it’s very important for the voters to know who they are electing. That’s right Jordan. It’s not what you say. It’s what you do,” Ortiz-Legg said. “And what you do everyday includes criminal, those charged with criminal offenses and those who have actually been charged and been released and done again. That’s all. All we’ve asked is to have your criminal records released, and that’s it.”

Cunningham responded by saying he does not have a criminal record.

Ortiz-Legg fired back demanding Cunningham release his clients’ criminal records.

Cunningham told Ortiz-Legg she was uniformed about what attorneys do and the rules they operate under.

“I do all sorts of legal work. All types of legal work,” Cunningham said. “And there is nothing again, Dawn, there is nothing inconsistent between defending people’s constitutional rights who are accused of a crime, like you apparently were, which you just told us — okay — defending people’s constitutional rights and being backed by law enforcement.”

According to the California State Bar, it is an attorney’s duty to not only defend their client, but to also protect their client’s confidentiality. State Bar rules prohibit Cunningham from complying with Ortiz-Legg’s demands.

Though much of the debate focused on the candidates’ characters, Ortiz-Legg and Cunningham did state their stances on several issues.

When asked about immigration, both candidates said they oppose sanctuary cities. But, immigrant labor is important for the agriculture industry, Ortiz-Legg said.

Cunningham asked Ortiz-Legg if she would support giving benefits, other than emergency medical care, to illegal immigrants. Ortiz-Legg said that is an ideological approach, and a legislator should determine rather what is the best return on investment for the taxpayers.

The candidates were also asked about their stances on the Bill of Rights, particularly the first and second amendments.

Cunningham said he supports all 10 of the constitutional amendments in the Bill of Rights, and he would defend Ortiz-Legg’s right to free speech even if he disagrees with what she says. The Republican candidate also said the focus of gun control should be about disarming felons, not regulating law-abiding gun owners.

Ortiz-Legg said she supports the Second Amendment.

“I think it says clearly on my website, I am a strong supporter of the Second Amendment, period,” Ortiz-Legg said. “That’s all that needs to be said. I will fight for the Second Amendment. I understand it very well.”

On local issues, Ortiz-Legg said she supports Measure J, SLO County’s half-cent sales tax initiative that is supposed to raise funds for transportation projects.

Ortiz-Legg said she opposes Phillips 66’s proposed rail spur in Nipomo, even though she previously wrote a letter to the San Luis Obispo County Planning Commission supporting the project. Ortiz-Legg said the Phillips 66 refinery is a safe facility that produces some of the cleanest fuel in the world, but there is not currently safe infrastructure on which to transport the crude.

Cunningham said he believes oil is needed as a source of energy, but he thinks the Phillips 66 project should be decided at the local, not state, level. He also said he thinks oil is optimally transported by pipeline.

As Del Campo wrapped up the broadcast, Ortiz-Legg asked, “Aren’t we fun?”

“You guys are fun,” Del Campo said.

In the primary election, Ortiz-Legg placed first with 44.9 percent of the vote. Cunningham received 37.3 percent. However, Ortiz-Legg was the only Democrat in the primary race, and Cunningham was one of two Republicans. The 35th District includes all of San Luis Obispo County and much of northern Santa Barbara County.

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Remember Dawn Legg is part of team Adam Hill with Jan Marx,Caren HHH Ray, Maria Kelly and their calcoastfraud friends.

I say this as a registered Democrat, just say no to Adam Hill.

Save SLO Vote!!!


That is some serious political spin Ms Ortiz-Legg.

“she said she was happy to have experienced a DUI arrest.”

that’s one self-deluded chimp right there. Nobody should enjoy such a thing.

But in a ultra-happy-act, being arrested gets characterized as a “good” thing.

talk about talking yourself into a state of unreality.

Don’t forget to ask her about the email asking KVEC (old managment) to ban Karen Velie from the station.

It’s freedom of the press, unless you say the wrong thing. Just ask team Adam Hill.


Forgot about that. Adam Hill is connected at the hip with Caren Ray and Dawn Legg.

Remember corruption feeds on blackmail and our progressive left all have blackmailable stuff on each other or were the blackmail. That is how the rulebook of Saul Alinskii

Rules For Radicals

is their playbook. Lie, misdirect, marginalize your opponent.

NEVER run on facts!

NEVER run a campaign on what you will really do because you do not know what your CABAL will TELL you to do because there is no such thing as the constitution there is only PROGRESSIVISM!

Don’t be taken in vote for anyone but the progressive left

Vote in Jordan Cunningham

He is a great husband (the progressive left don’t believe in this principle of life)

He is a great father (they don’t believe in this either)

You are wise to include Caren HHH Ray in your comment. Arroyo Grande residents must keep her out of their city or she’ll soon be back on the BOS doorstep.

She does not want to be a teacher.

She does not want to be a city council member.

She does want to be on the BOS.

Fire Adam Hill.

No foot in the door for Ray.

Vote Early and Vote For Jordan Cunningham

Opponent is creator of Code Pink • NOT GOOD

Opponent support the 1/2% additional sales tax Measure J • NOT GOOD

Vote for Jordan Cunningham he is going to fight back Sacramento and fight for our tax dollars to return here for San Luis Obispo County to use as originally intended.

His opponent will raise taxes in any manner she can.

Vote for Jordan Cunningham to represent us and protect the forgotten taxpayer!

Agree with VaxxedEnough! As the past president of the Central Coast Taxpayers Association, Jordan Cunningham understands that when he is elected to the Assembly, he will have to protect and defend Prop13. The progressive Democrats in Sacramento are looking to gain a 2/3 vote in the Assembly and then dismantle Prop 13.

Vote for Jordan Cunningham, the taxfighter! He supports Prop 13 and opposes Measure J, the new local countywide 1/2% sales tax.


Time to make the right choice and that is

Jordan Cunningham!

His opponent is a paper candidate that the progressive left hunted for and is holding up with BIG $$$$$$$$$$

Their hope is that the average voter is STUPID otherwise they would not have spent all this money going after Jordan they would have recruited a REAL candidate.

This opponent is week and probably just like Adam Hill has Bruce Gibson as her puppeteer.

The progressive left you are going down in San Luis Obispo County!!!!!!

Don’t stop there vote for Dan Carpenter for Supervisor in the 3rd district defeating bully Adam Hill

Vote in John Peschong for supervisor in the 1st district

Vote NO on Measure J

Make it a clean sweep and sweep the progressives out of our county!

You said it TeeItUp! Where’s the broom? Let’s do it and sweep out the progressives in our county. Let’s vote in people who will fight for the forgotten taxpayer.

Yes on John Peschong in the 1st District!

Yes on Dan Carpenter in the 3rd District!

And a BIG YES on Jordan Cunningham for the Assembly!

They all are for the protection of Prop 13 and oppose Measure J, the new countywide sales tax!

Send a donation to their campaigns, let them use your name as a supporter, walk a precinct!

Do something to assist the above candidates. Only 45 days to Election Day!


Poor Dawn forgot her Democrat party’s programmed talking points and sounded confused, snarky and angry. Jordan took over and clearly dominated until the end.

And when asked about her Code Pink days, Dawn lashed out: “My husband’s a veteran!! I wear my POW bracelet every day!!”. She was so shrill and defensive. Not a good communicator! Oh and her DUI comments were cringe worthy. Didn’t seem repentant at all! And apparently she forgot that she herself probably used a criminal defense lawyer. Big debate fail on her part.

One of Jordan’s best moments was when he called out his opponent for her misleading attack ads. Dawn seemed annoyed and her exasperated response was something like “Oh Jordan…if there’s something false about my ads then e-mail me and I’ll stop running them!”

Jordan replied “OK. You’ll be getting an e-mail soon.” Haaaa!

Good job Mr. Cunningham. As Assemblyman, stay positive, humble and approachable (and pleeeeease don’t pull an Abel and get too big for your britches.) You have my vote.

Well put, pasoparent5…including the caution to serve in positivity, humility and approachability Elected office is one of stewardship, not celebrity. I only hope all of our candidates remember this as they represent our district.

I don’t get how a DUI can be positive in any fashion.

This alone should be a red flag that perhaps this person may need to find other employment where irresponsible courses of action are okay.

In having a representative for our community I would want someone who can understand the basic aspects of law and order and how they apply to everyone. I’m not convinced Ortiz has a grasp in what it takes for a disorganized community to survive.

Cunningham, a lawyer, may not be everyones choice simply because of his profession. However, as someone posted he could have the ability to speak our of both sides of his mouth, and if he can get what we need in SLO for some sembalance of structure then he may be the right choice.

Seriously, I’m confused here. How do you have a DUI experience without charges, or a record? Maybe HER LAWYER should release all her files, so we can see how a crime aginst the community was reduced to non-existence.

Well her lawyer can’t, but she can.

Ironic would be if esquire Cunningham represented Legg in court for that DUI.