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Friday, June 20, 2008

19th SD Race Gets Physical

The other day I pointed out that HBJ could take it to the hoop -- it looks like Strickland supporters are taking it to the street. This from the Ventura County Star describing a "fracas" involving Assembly Member Audra Strickland's Chief of Staff getting into it with a protester, knocking his hearing aid out and wrestling him to the ground.

Audra Strickland, R-Moorpark, announced she was placing Joel Angeles, her chief of staff, on "a one-month leave of absence without pay for what I view as a show of poor judgment," according to a written statement issued by her office.

Of course later in the article, she had to point out "most accounts show that Hannah-Beth Jackson's protesters were the aggressors."

Jackson put out a statement of which here is a part:
Had Joel Angeles been my employee he would have been fired on the spot. There is no justification for anyone, let alone a state employee, to deprive anyone of their free speech rights. A public employee on the staff of an elected representative is committed to protect the constitution on behalf of his employer, the State of California. Assemblymember Strickland has apparently suspended Mr. Angeles for a month. It is incomprehensible that someone with such a long history of service with Audra and Tony Strickland as Mr. Angeles would not understand the public's basic constitutional rights and the responsibilities of a public official. Audra and Tony Strickland should ensure that he has no future role in fulfilling their public responsibilities or campaigning for public office.

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Blogger Marie said...

The protesters were not the aggressors. It was Angeles who attempted to prevent us from moving onto the sidewalk and moving forward. The Ventura County Star's reporter and photographer were witnesses to this.

The Stricklands can try to spin all they want.

6/21/2008 12:46 AM  
Anonymous Gerry Mander said...

Amazing how this gerrymandered district that is "ours" (SB) is so totally meaningless to us up here.

HBJ created it during the last redistricting and it is hers to try and represent. But let's hope if she gets re-elected that she learns to treat us better than spinning us off to Simi Valley again.

Looks like an easy HBJ win in what should have been a very tough district because those folks in Ventura Co we are now in bed with sure don't like her opponent and are willing to tell it like it is with him.

This all should be mattering to us but the silence of responses here on these threads is telling. Where is this "new" Obama political revolution? Yawn.

6/21/2008 6:46 AM  
Anonymous AN50 said...

Sorry Marie, but protesting is aggression, albeit acceptable. The whole point of protesting is to evoke a response. Typically, an aggressive stance will provoke an aggressive response. What I find absolutely astounding is how left wingers mostly use aggression to get their point across but mostly cry foul when the response is in kind. There is no such thing as a “peaceful” protest except in the narrow minds of those instigating them.
Now for my own act of aggression, HBJ is a flaming liberal and liberalism is a mental disorder. That makes her and her followers dangerous people, particularly when in public and protesting.

6/21/2008 8:36 AM  
Anonymous shoreline shark said...

Both sides are acting like children.

6/21/2008 11:50 AM  
Anonymous Brian said...

Protests are not made to debate with the other side or provoke a response.
They are made to garner media attention. The two sides don't need to even talk to each other for that to happen.

Gerry Mander, have you seen the photos of the event? There was many Barack Obama supporters at the event. Check out Dennert's blog ( Me) or Flap's blog to see photos.

The movement behind the Barack Obama campaign is inspiring people across the nation including locally.

Let me know when there is a local McCain supporter event in Ventura County.

6/21/2008 10:59 PM  
Anonymous Gerry Mander said...

Correction: the Obama campaign and his tactics have lost a lot more former political supporters than it has brought in.

The net effect of the Obama campaign is a huge negative and will only get worse as he keeps showing the country who he really is.

Obamaniacs are not a legitimate political improvement. Britney Spears can still bring in more fans than Obama - with similar results.

6/22/2008 9:36 AM  
Anonymous BHO Cult Campaign said...

Agree, the Obama campaign is inspiring........ a lot of Democrats and independents to support John McCain.

6/22/2008 10:48 AM  
Anonymous xyz said...

bho cult camp.:
I am not inspired by Obama, but McCain would be a disaster. If you like Bush, you'll love McCain whose voting record in 2007 was 95% on Bush initiatives and in 100% so far in 2008.

Unless I can be convinced my vote matters here in SB, I'll not vote for either of them.

6/22/2008 3:24 PM  
Blogger Marie said...

an50, did you know the whole anti-tobacco money protest was organized by a Republican from Simi Valley? Not exactly a "flaming liberal."

It was indeed the plan to just stand on the sidewalk and hopefully garner media and motorist attention. I don't think any of us ever dreamed that Audra Strickland's chief of staff would go berserk among us.

We didn't even expect counter protesters.

As to gerry mander's comment, I agree that SD-19 is a badly drawn district, but I would not blame that one on HBJ. She was more disappointed than anyone with the outcome of that.

6/22/2008 4:22 PM  
Anonymous Viable Third Party? said...

where is a third-party candidate when you need him/her?????????

6/22/2008 4:49 PM  
Anonymous Puma prowls said...

A vote for Nader at least will not be a vote for Obama.

6/22/2008 7:53 PM  
Anonymous Brian said...

The only person supporting Ralph Nader on here is a Republican. That is my guess.

But how come this became about something else besides the protest?

6/23/2008 12:10 AM  
Blogger Sara De la Guerra said...

This happens at times and it is kind of only guess is that McCain's scheduled visit for a fundraiser is on people's minds.

6/23/2008 5:24 AM  
Anonymous No Dimes either said...

Clinton fans are angry enough to vote for Nader, or Attila the Hun.

6/23/2008 10:32 PM  
Anonymous AN50 said...

Marie, I stand corrected on the liberal bash, thank you. However, I stand by my assertion that the point of a protest is to evoke a response and in an aggressive manner. If it wasn’t the intension of the protesters at this event then they are naïve. And no, I don’t condone what Strickland’s CoS did either, I’m just not surprised by it.

6/23/2008 10:49 PM  

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