"When he moved in, we thought, Wow, a Congressman, What Could go Wrong".

When Congressman Dana Tyrone Rohrabacher moved into a four-bedroom, four-bathroom, million-dollar Costa Mesa rental home on April Fool's Day 2010, the immaculate, 6,300-square-foot property could have been featured in a glossy real-estate magazine. Built in 1948, the two-story, Orange Avenue home had been updated in recent years for comfort and style. The carpeting was new, appliances worked and walls were spotless. Thriving flowers, plants and grass adorned the idyllic back yard less than 4 miles from the Pacific Ocean.

But it's now understandable why Orange County's senior, career politician secretly changed the locks and refused to allow homeowner Robert Polyniak inside for annual inspections. When he moved out in August 2012, Rohrabacher left behind a shockingly horrific pigsty, a dump worse than a college fraternity house of unhygienic slobs unfamiliar with the most basic tools of cleaning. Darlene Whitsell, Polyniak's longtime girlfriend, entered the home shortly after the congressman's departure and wept at the scene.

"It was disgusting," she said. "It was unbelievable. Who lives like that?"

See a photo slideshow of the mess Rohrabacher left here.


Massive black stains and muck covered the carpet throughout the home. Sticky grime encased damaged, rusted appliances. Denied water, once-thriving outside plants and grass dried up and died. Blinds were cracked. Black dirt ruined the appearance of once-sparkling tile floors. Walls inexplicably contained odd holes, nail polish, wax and some smelly substance that may have been feces.

Every toilet seat in the house was broken. The ceilings showed smoke damage. Light switches had been cracked. Clumps of hair and remnants of what may have been balloons or some other rubbery material clogged sinks. Cracks scarred doors. Thick, solidified grease rendered the air-suction vent above the kitchen stove useless. Bathroom towel bars were missing, and vanities suffered water damage.

A second-floor suite used by Dana's wife, Rhonda, as her bedroom contained a huge, mysterious, lubricant-like stain—something you might expect on the floor of a Hollywood sex club—that had seeped through thick carpet and padding to tarnish a hardwood floor. The dishwasher wasn't functioning. A wooden chair in the back yard had been crushed, and phone lines were strangely severed. An overflowing tub cracked a ceiling with water damage.

Behind the scenes, there has also allegedly been a not-so-subtle threat from Rohrabacher's camp that the 13-term congressman (who first ran for office in 1988 while championing the imperative of term limits) will use his political weight and personal relationship with Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas to prompt a criminal probe as another intimidation tactic against Polyniak and Whitsell.


Dana Rohrabacher Is Dirty - Page 1 - News - Orange County - OC Weekly
Ordinary people who have a million dollar mansion for rent at $40,000/year. Still they certainly didn't deserve that kind of renter, just like I didn't deserve the kind of landlord I had for the last 14 years.
Did you see the carpets? I would take my shoes off either.
I like the demand for 1 weeks rent and the broken lawn chair. If anybody ever needed maid service it was that house, they may want to include that as a standard feature for their next renter. Automatic sprinklers for the plants and a gardener that works for the owners. $3,400/month and I have to clean the rain gutters, I think not.

The carpets are hideous, the pattern looks like the tread on my garden tractor (if I had one). It's one think to set up a home for yourself, quite another when it is a (commercial) property where you will want to make the place as bulletproof as possible. Of that $25,000 how much went to just cleaning and minor repairs.
How do appliances even get rusty?
I've gotten that much hair out of the tub drain just from giving a long-haired Border Collie a bath and a combing in the spring to help cool him down for the summer months. Still if the water doesn't drain how hard is it to use a pair of tweezers.
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