Rep. Dana Rohrabacher makes headlines from coast to coast – Orange County Register

Costa Mesa Congressman Dana Rohrabacher continues to make headlines far beyond the boundaries of his district, getting coverage this month in the San Francisco Chronicle after claiming the Charlottesville violence was part of a Democratic scheme and in the Wall Street Journal for being rebuffed in his effort to talk to President Donald Trump about WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

The 15-term Republican has long worn his iconoclastic reputation with pride. A surfer and former speechwriter for Ronald Reagan, Rohrabacher has distinguished himself by leading efforts to liberalize federal marijuana laws and by calling for friendly relations with Russia.

But the congressman has been getting more media attention than usual this year. Headlines since July have included meetings with Russian officials, asking a NASA official if there was ever civilization on Mars and for becoming the first congressman to meet with Assange since the controversial figure took refuge in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London in 2012.

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