Vicki Gunvalson was hoping that she could move on from the cancer drama that plagued the previous season of The Real Housewives of Orange County. Gunvalson thought that she was supporting her boyfriend, Brooks Ayers, who was struggling with cancer. Vicki didn’t question his illness once and she did everything possible to make his life better. But Vicki’s Real Housewives of Orange County co-stars did everything possible to determine whether he was feeding Gunvalson lies. As it turns out, many of the things Brooks said he did were completely false.
According to a new Radar Online report, Vicki Gunvalson is now hoping that her new man, Steven Lodge, is no liar. Vicki is hoping that the many dates they have been on are a reflection of what is to come for them. But ever since his identity has been made public, people are wondering if he’s really the good guy he says he is. Apparently, Steven was sued a few years ago for changing his name during an election to mislead voters. This happened during the running for the Anaheim City Council in August 2012 and Cynthia Ward, an elector, decided to sue Steven for changing his name to “Steve Chavez Lodge.” Of course, this was long before Vicki Gunvalson even met him, as she was caught up in a divorce and a new relationship with Brooks.
“Lodge has requested that his name appear on the ballot as ‘Steve Chavez Lodge,’ ” the filing reads, adding, “This is not his legal name. Nor is that the same under which he is registered to vote or the name under which he owns property. Rather, the use of the middle name ‘Chavez’ appears to have been adopted recently for political purposes.”
Ward wanted Lodge to be removed completely from the ballots as she learned that his real name is “Steven Albert Lodge.” This information came out during a background check, and Cynthia had no trust left in him. And maybe she wanted to protect voters from someone who was lying to get into office — a voter just like Vicki Gunvalson.
“Accordingly, Lodge’s proposed use of the name ‘Steve Chavez Lodge’ on the ballot is false and misleading,” the documents reveal.
But Cynthia didn’t stop there. She found many other issues with his information, sharing that he wasn’t allowed to write that he was a “retired policeman.” He can only write what his current profession is, not what he used to be. And she asked for his information to be removed, because the Elections Code “prohibits ballot designations that use words or prefixes, such as ‘former’ or ‘ex,’ which indicate prior status.” Gunvalson may be excited to date a former officer, someone who respects the law rather than breaks it.
While it is wrong to lie to the public about something important especially in regards to elections, politics and votes, Lodge seems to have a good answer to the confusion. And maybe Vicki Gunvalson accepts this explanation. Apparently, Gunvalson’s new man was actually born “Steven Albert Chavez.” That’s where the two names come into play. It wasn’t something that he just made up apparently.
“When real party was 12 his parents divorced and his mother married Robert Lodge,” the papers read in his defense, adding, “Out of deference to his step father real party integrated the name Lodge into his full name. However, it was never real party’s intention or desire to forsake his heritage and give up Chavez. Real never legally changed his name to Lodge.”
The case was dropped in 2012, long before Steven ever met Vicki Gunvalson. And based on this information, Vicki may be able to forgive him, as this could come down to a misunderstanding. It’s not as serious as someone possibly lying about cancer to get on a reality television show to gain fame and notoriety. Vicki already has experience with that and Gunvalson has revealed that she’s more guarded than ever.
What do you think of Vicki Gunvalson’s new man possibly being a liar? Do you think this is something Vicki could forgive?
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