"We're pleased with the resolution of this case," said Michael
Schroeder, MacEachern's attorney. "The changes are minor."
Most notably, Bridgman agreed to delete a reference to Rep. Chris
Cox (R-Newport) from her Aug. 8 statement in which she quoted him as
calling her "superbly qualified."
Cox himself had asked for the removal of his name in an Aug. 20
letter, after learning about the reference. Newport Beach's
congressman sent similar letters to both candidates, in which he
praised them both for qualifying in the March 5 primary.
Bridgman and MacEachern secured 46% and 36% respectively in the
primary to move to a Nov. 5 runoff. They must run against each other
since neither secured more than 50% of the vote.
Superior Court Judge Thomas Thrasher presided over a Friday
morning legal proceeding in which the revisions were added. Registrar
of Voters Rosalyn Lever, a defendant in both suits, had set a Friday
afternoon deadline for the statements so she could send them of to be
"The participants have been able to reach a resolution of the
disputed candidate statements," Thrasher said in his Santa Ana
courtroom. "Good luck in the election to both of you."
MacEachern also made several minor changes to her statement.
Challenges to candidates' ballot statements are fairly common, the
attorneys said. Bridgman's attorney Darryl Wold said he has handled
several this election cycle already.
When candidates pick up an application to fill out a statement,
Lever's office tells them they can include anything that tells
voters, in 200 words, about their qualifications or education. For an
additional fee, they can extend the statement to 400 words. Of
course, they are also not permitted to misrepresent themselves, Wold
"This is a pretty routine thing," Wold said. "The changes are
equal to both [candidates]."
MacEachern touched off the legal fight when she filed a suit Aug.
22 alleging that Bridgman had made "false and misleading statements"
in her ballot comments.
Bridgman countered by activating a lawsuit she filed Aug. 19 as a
preemptive move accusing MacEachern of a similar charge.