David Dodd 2:33 a.m., May 19
Predator maker and GOP financier Linden Blue reportedly to tie the knot with well-traveled ex-rear admiral
Republican mega-donor and fierce Barack Obama critic Linden Blue, whose closely-held La Jolla military contracting outfit General Atomics introduced the killer Predator drone to world warfare, is getting married to retired U.S. Navy rear admiral Veronica "Ronne" Froman.
The official announcement didn't appear on local social pages, but was made by Democratic Senator Diane Feinstein, a major beneficiary of Blue's political largesse, at a business insiders' banquet here, as reported over the weekend by Diane Bell of U-T San Diego, owned by GOP hotel and real estate magnate Doug Manchester.
After leaving the Navy in 2001, Froman became chief financial advisor in the troubled administration of San Diego public schools' chief Alan Bersin, now Assistant Secretary of International Affairs and the Chief Diplomatic Officer in the Obama administration's Homeland Security department.
She abruptly left Bersin in April 2003 to run the local Red Cross. After two years there, Froman was appointed in 2005 to be the city of San Diego's chief operating officer by its newly elected Republican mayor Jerry Sanders. Two years later, in June, 2007, in the midst of an avalanche of criticism and crises, including the infamous Sunroad airport high-rise scandal, she left that job.
Next up for Froman was a gig as senior vice president of the energy group at General Atomics. As Don Bauder reported here in December 2007, she and Blue were by then already an item on La Jolla's high-dollar social circuit.
In 2010, Froman became the interim vice president of the Monarch School, an elementary and secondary school for downtown homeless children. In July 2011 she was named to be the school's CEO. She subsequently was replaced as CEO and became board president.
Conservative Blue, who runs General Atomics with his brother Neal, is a major giver to local and national Republican causes, and has spoken out against the Obama administration and its foreign and economic policies.
"It is instructive that President Obama employs the European model of entitlement, regulation and income redistribution as his guide," wrote Blue in a November 2011 commentary with Herbert London, President Emeritus of Hudson Institute and Professor Emeritus of New York University.
"It may be one of the few examples in history when a blatantly failed system is employed as a model for success. As the U.S. borrows more than 40 percent of the federal budget this year, we are perilously close to emulating the worst of Europe."
"The protests in Greece, England and Egypt, to cite three examples, provide vivid testimonials of an entitlement mentality at odds with the essential need for productivity," Blue and London wrote.
"For decades the entitlement psychology has relentlessly decoupled the biblical and basic understanding that in order to eat, one must be productive."
"Many people, far too many people, believe the role of government is to care for them," the authors added.
"Capitalism can create wealth, but it also creates invidious comparisons (read: envy).
"Socialism tries to mitigate this eventuality through utopian engineering that never works.
"As Winston Churchill noted, 'The vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings and the vice of socialism is the equal sharing of misery.'
But as stern as he may sound in print, Blue may be in for some tough love from his fiancé, the ex-mariner. Froman told the U-T’s Bell in July: "I often say: 'Put your big-girl panties on.' In other words, suck it up and don’t whine."