Leave Candidates’ Families Alone

As people are aware, I am not the biggest fan of Lorri Galloway nor am I a fan of her stunt of carpetbagging into the 4th Supervisorial District in order to exact her grudge match with Tom Daly and Lou Correa. I think it was ridiculous to move to a “house” not zoned for residential. But one thing Lorri will never have to worry about me doing is going up to the home (Hills or Flatlands) where she and her family are residing and harassing her husband or daughters. There are certain lines you just don’t cross, and harassing family of political opponents is one of those.

Apparently Tony Bushala feels he is such a “righteous” individual, that he has a moral right to try and force his way into the home Harry Sidhu and his family carpetbagged into and intimidate the wife of Sidhu. LET ME STATE THIS, NO ONE HAS THE MORAL RIGHT TO HARASS A FAMILY MEMBER AT THEIR HOME OR ANYWHERE! It is definitely ok to discuss the fact that Lorri and Harry moved to the district in order to run, it is definitely ok to question their motives, it is definitely ok to get a pic of the outside of their new “digs,” especially if it is to show that place is not zoned for residential.

What is at issue is the willingness by Tony Bushala, his “Friends for Fullerton’s Future” and his fellow bloggers at the “Blog that shall remain unnamed” to go after the families and private lives of the candidates for the 4th Supervisorial District who have dared to take on their chosen one- Shawn Nelson. One victim of this harassment has been Tom Daly. For months  Art Pedroza and Tony Bushala have made Daly a subject of their obsession. They have made false assertions as to the validity of his marriage. Made false insinuations based on something as little as both of Daly’s wives having the same name. They have been willing to drag Tom Daly’s ex-wife, current wife and children into their grudge match against Daly himself. They have allowed commenters to impersonate his children and even made an inference that his youngest child is not really his. They seem to think family is not off limits unless it is their own. Shawn Nelson’s silence on this subject is disturbing and I believe his silence is a tacit approval of such campaigning.

Like I said, I am no fan of Sidhu or Galloway, but I would never harass a member of their family and I would never bring up  a member of their family unless they were to involve themselves in the campaign with an issue I may agree or disagree with. Even then, we should approach it in a spirited yet tasteful tone. The new lows reached by Tony Bushala, his fringe followers in Fullerton and writers for “The blog which shall remain unnamed” really reach a new low of campaigning in an already spirited race for the 4th Supervisorial District.

As for the myriad of Fullerton elected officials who find themselves on the wrong end of Tony Bushala’s approval list, I would advise you to sit down with your families and ask them to be on the lookout for Tony or any of his followers. If they were willing to knock and demand entry into Harry Sidhu’s residence in the 4th, you can bet you are next. That goes for Pam Keller, Minard Duncan, Dick Jones, Don Bankhead, Aaruni Thakur and anyone else who Tony has decided he does not like. I think if you hear that someone visited your home and harassed your spouse or child or in law, you know who the guilty party is. Have your family member snap a pic of them in return, get their license plate number. Then, I would suggest you immediately seek a restraining order from them. This is a sad state of affairs when you want to be in public service but have to fear for your family’s safety because of a bunch of self-righteous bloggers.

The reason I sound so ominous is because the Sidhu incident may not be the first time they have done a “home visit” and harassed family members. Now we understand why they went so crazy over the posting of Ceci Iglesias’ address. She is a public figure by running for Congress, but the reason Art, Tony and their followers made the argument that her family could be harassed is because that is their own MODUS OPERANDI.

It is time to get back to the issues of the 4th District. It is time to make this a debate on who can represent this North Orange County District best. Stop the familial harassment. Shawn Nelson, condemn such tactics and let’s actually discuss the issues.

  12 comments for “Leave Candidates’ Families Alone

  1. February 18, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    Thank you for the post. I am horrified that the Fullerton neanderthals have bothered a candidate’s family at home! This type of behavior keeps decent people from running for office, and should be condemned by every legitimate blog in the area! I hope Sidhu gets a restraining order against them.

    • Dan Chmielewski
      February 18, 2010 at 9:10 pm

      Is it true that Bushala actually tried to gain entry to the house to take photos to “prove” Harry lives there? Knocking on doors is one thing…

      Tony must be terrified of the threat Sidhu poses to Shawn Nelson.

  2. duplojohn
    February 18, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    First off, Spell check is a great free way to add credibility to your posts. As a poor speller myself, I’ve found my errors diminish my argument.

    Now on to the point. You might think Bushala stepped over the line, but others, including myself think not only does he have every right to knock on doors, he has the responsibility to do it. Recently we watched, yes watched not stopped as a Presidential Administration slaughtered a half million or so Iraqi’s and few did anything about it. One of our states Democratic Senators voted for it!

    As for decent people not wanting to run, It is entirely indecent to fake an address, TWICE to run for office. This is the only publicity that the people get, and you are complaining.

    Whose side are you on? Certainly not the citzens of the Supervisoral district.

    Don’t overplay the safety card either, thats like suing somebody for calling you names…….Oh wait a minute.

    • Dan Chmielewski
      February 18, 2010 at 4:54 pm

      John —
      we’re suing someone for buying our names (in my case, a business name), demanding cash for it while handing over a property I own for free, or else. Exortion, if you will. But clearly a case of cybersquatting as defined by law.

      If Tony wants to knock on the door, why not drop by Harry’s house at night when Harry might actually be home?

  3. Sean W Mill
    February 18, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    I can knock on doors and harrass people if I think they are Usual Suspects right?

    • February 18, 2010 at 7:41 pm

      For the record, and in case anyone may have been confused, the commentor Sean W. Mill, is not the Sean H. Mill from that other blog Claudio says should remain nameless.

  4. Mike Tardif
    February 18, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    I am very familiar with the OJ blog dragging family into a disagreement in an unsavory manner.

    Posted on the OJ blog – Sept. 24, 2009 at 9:20 pm
    Mike Tardif’s daughter Says:
    I love reading the dirty words my daddy uses on local blog threads. I always Come to his defense when he summons me to do so! Our relationship is so “special”!

    I hounded Art to take it down, which he finally did. He claimed that he did not know who posted this despicable comment.

    Art’s response to all of this, “.. you were asking for trouble.”

  5. Ipolitico
    February 18, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    “unless they were to involve themself in the campaign with an issue I may agree or disagree with”

    Doesn’t this allow for this type of situation.

  6. Yeah
    February 18, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    I heard that Bushala kicked in the door, ordered a pizza and smoked all of Harry’s weed.

    • February 18, 2010 at 11:19 pm

      Oh please, I’m not sure what part of your statement is more unbelievable.

      That Harry had weed, or that Bushala had the strength to kick in the door.

  7. Abner Kravitz
    February 19, 2010 at 11:56 am

    “Bewitched: Red Light, Green Light (#1.23)” (1965)
    Dave: Alright then, we’re all agreed. We’ve got to do something of a dramatic nature to show City Hall we want some action.

    Gladys Kravitz: I say we should lie down right in the middle of the street.

    Abner Kravitz: You lie down right in the middle of the street. The traffic’s too heavy for me.

  8. RHackett
    February 19, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    I read some of the commentary on the FFFF blog. I loved the one poster who compared them to the Glenn Close character in Fatal Attraction by calling them bunny cookers.

    The scary thing is they embraced the comparison to a character that is psychotic.

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