There’s a sign in the OC Register’s newsroom that served as guidance for reporter’s there; “Your Mother Says She loves You? Check it out!” And in Fullerton, there’s no greater example of a mother’s love and protection than the online postings of soon-to-be-ex-Fullerton council member Travis Kiger. With about two days of counting left, Kiger trails Jan Flory by about 28 votes and with every passing hour, that 28 vote margin might as well be 28,000.
On the FFFF blog on November 14, Diane Kiger, Travis’ mother, came out of the closet and vowed to no longer hold her tongue. She left this post on the blog:
Diane Kiger on November 14, 2012
You can never be sure if this was an anonymous commenter using Kiger’s Mother’s name but then there was this note posted on her Facebook page where she connects the dots from the national presidential race to the local one for city council:
As goes the nation, so goes Fullerton. And please don’t tell me the voters of Fullerton spoke. An elderly woman who, when asked in a candidate forum, how she would fix the financial crisis in Fullerton, said she couldn’t even balance her own check book let alone answer that question. She received 1800 votes. And a young man whose main concern was some old bones in the cornerstone of the police station, received 4000 votes. The candidate who passed on the question as to what reforms needed to happen in Fullerton received 11000 votes. Of course he was supported by the police and fire unions. When the city faces financial ruin (mostly because of fire and police pensions), you have only yourselves to blame because you did not vote for the person who was willing to make the tough changes now. As for police and fire, do not think this vote will keep you safe. When the bond surety companies face you in court, you will be looking at a giant. And he is not sleeping.
The writing styles are very simiilar as well as the language used which leads me to believe Diane Kiger is in fact the real Diane Kiger. And sorry Mom but the voters of Fullerton did speak.
It may come as a shock to Ms. Kiger, if her only source of news is Tony Bushala’s blog and the OC Register, but there are a huge chunk of voters in Fullerton who don’t like her son’s politics. An unpopular move to seek quotes from the OC Sheriff’s Department in order to replace the Fullerton Police Department and a vote to return aid that paid for DUI checkpoints because of a belief that these sobriety checkpoints are unconstitutional invasions of privacy don’t sit well with many voters. And there’s a considerable chunk of voters in Fullerton who don’t want their city government sold to a multi-millionaire who backed Kiger in June and in November.
There’s already cries of voter fraud or voter tampering in comments on the FFFF site; the only thing funnier online is watching re-runs of Karl Rove losing it on election night when Ohio was called for Obama.
Should Kiger lose and barring a Bushala-financed recount, there will be many Fullerton residents showing a great deal of thanks on Thursday.
I will tip my hat to Ms. Kiger for backing her son (as every mother should) and for commenting on FFFF under her own name which clearly places her in the minority. After all, for blog and its legion of anonymous comments who hold transparency so dear yet say the nastiest things behind a veil of privacy, Ms. Kiger sets a good example of attaching her name to her words.
Photo from the LA Times.com