There have been a number of comments on how this website and my public position re: Pete Hoekstra may reflect on other people in my family who live in Western Michigan. So, I thought the timing of this story here in Los Angeles today — Reagan grandson arrested in Van Nuys — was pretty relevant.

As I’ve said, the views expressed on this site reflect those exclusively of me, Ben Padnos, and not anyone else. My family had NO IDEA I was doing this, and I am not in cahoots with any of Hoekstra’s Gubernatorial opponents. Any suggestion to the contrary is 100% inaccurate.

My family is involved with no more than Ronald Reagan is with his grandson’s arrest. That said, I grew up in a family that encouraged individuality, and a sense of responsibility to speak up for what you believe in — as long as it’s done respectfully. (I would be remiss if I didn’t add that “good writing” was important to them as well, particularly my Mom, who gets a lot of credit for my writing skills!)

So for those of you who know my parents, or my grandfather, or my uncles, cousins and other family members, if you don’t like what I’m doing on, please don’t hold it against them.

Thanks again for following my efforts!

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