In about a month, we’ll know if the petition drive to recall three conservative members of the Fullerton City Council for their inaction over the investigation in the fatal beating of Kelly Thomas at the hands of some members of the Fullerton Police Department is successful. The pro-recall movement is spearheaded by Tony Bushala, Fullerton school board member Chris Thompson and the FFFF universe.
The anti-recall forces are striking back in the form of a mailer suggesting Bushala and Thompson have been arrested seven times and may have committed voter fraud. The PDF of this mailer is here:
The text of their pitch is:
The Orange County District Attorney is reviewing at least seven criminal trespassing cases against Fullerton recall petition circulators, including recall leaders Tony Bushala and Chris Thompson. Each case is punishable by six months in jail or a $1,000 fine.
Bushala and Thompson have been arrested multiple times for going onto private property and bullying people into signing the recall petitions against Councilmen Dick Jones, Don Bankhead, and Mayor Pro Tem Pat McKinley.
As a last resort local supermarket managers and residents have been forced to call the police to makecitizens arrests on Bushala and his bullies.
They can’t take no for an answer. Instead they badger, intimidate, and harass Fullerton residentsto the point where the police are called. Bushala and Thompson need to be stopped.
The campaign is clearly targeted against Tony Bushala and doesn’t address the actions (or inactions) of the Fullerton City Council members who are the targets of the recall effort. A citizen’s arrest is a far cry from Bushala and Thompson being led away in handcuffs. So, for me, the mailer fails the truthiness test (as do many of the comments on the investigation and the Kelly Thomas case on the FFFF blog do as well).
We’ve said before, the recall in Fullerton is an excellent opportunity for two Democrats to make a move and turn Fullerton into the latest city with a Democratic Majority – and one that will provide more aid and comfort to the homeless and the mentally ill.