“Grandmother!” cried the little one. “Oh, take me with you! You go away when the match burns out; you vanish like the warm stove, like the delicious roast goose, and like the magnificent Christmas tree!” And she rubbed the whole bundle of matches quickly against the wall, for she wanted to be quite sure of keeping her grandmother near her. And the matches gave such a brilliant light that it was brighter than at noon-day: never formerly had the grandmother been so beautiful and so tall. She took the little maiden, on her arm, and both flew in brightness and in joy so high, so very high, and then above was neither cold, nor hunger, nor anxiety–they were with God.- Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Anderson
I know the Lorri Galloway camp is going to stomp their feet and whistle at the fact that someone other than them even mentions baby Samantha, but I am going to do it anyways, because it is time to end the exploiting of this poor child and let her rest in peace! A little background on the case can be read HERE. Samantha was a poor abused child who was born to people who had no business being parents. They essentially neglected her to death and she slowly died from a lack of food, nourishment and love. Somehow, despite all the warning signs, she fell through the cracks of the social service system. Lorri Galloway’s Eli Home did raise some alarms, but in the end, also failed to follow through until that fateful day in May 2002 when the Lord took Samantha to be in a better place.
But the political exploitation of this poor soul has not allowed her to rest in peace.Â Instead of making her a symbol of change for our social service system, Lorri Galloway and her supporters have chosen instead to turn this poor child into a political tool which they throw out whenever it is convenient to attack and berate their political opponents.Â The first time was in 2006, when Lorri decided to exploit Baby Samantha toÂ justify her betrayal of the Democratic party when she endorsed Republican Lynn Daucher. She claimed Lou refused to step in to save Baby Samantha during a trip to Sacramento. My question is why would you go to Sacramento to save a child who is being abused? THis explanation came out after a month of silence on her endorsement and was followed up by a hit piece paid for by the Daucher campaign with Lorri accusing Correa of the murder of Samantha.
Then there is this picture, where Lorri is at the cemetery mourning Samantha. I honestly hope she does visit whenever a OC Register photographer isn’t present. WHich leads to this question, how often is a OC Register photographer at a cemetery waiting for random politicians to show up? Or did she actually take them there for a photo op? Once again disturbing.
Now poor Samantha has been exploited again by former Anaheim Councilman Richard Chavez, which you can find HEREÂ where is all but claims because the death happened while he was Mayor, he was responsible.
“In fact, a child starved to death in Anaheim while he served as Mayor. Tom Daly never spoke up once â€“ not once â€“ for her”Â
Why won’t the Galloway camp just let theÂ Baby SamanthaÂ rest in peace. Why won’t they use her memory in a more positive light to make her a symbol for a better social services system, a symbol for ending child abuse? Why do they use her memory instead to trash elected officials they don’t like? Lou Correa and Tom Daly are both fathers who must be horrified at such an accusation and both were very disgusted at the horrific treatment Samantha’s parents gave her. I know Correa took Lorri’s accusations very personally, especially as a father who has done everything possible to be there for his own children.
So my challenge to Lorri is to stop using Baby Samantha as a political pawn. Stop using her to take swipes at Correa or Daly or whoever it is your opponent is. I am asking Dan and Chris to start deleting comments in future posts where Lorri’s camp tried to exploit her death for their political gain. We should not be party to such trash. Lorri, if you want to use Samantha’s memory to bring attention to a broken social services system, GO AHEAD. That is relevant, but stop trashing your opponents using her memory. That demeans her and you and everyone around you.