It’s been nearly two weeks since Friends for Fullerton’s Future webmaster and short-time councilman Travis Kiger was defeated by “Landslide” Jan Flory by a whopping 29 votes. There was no recount as Kiger likely didn’t have the money to pay for it and Tony Bushala — someone who could afford to — decided not to write a check for it (photo above courtesy of RestoreSanityToFullerton blog). So Kiger, who missed his last city council meeting, is out of office as is former State Assemblyman Chris Norby — not that you’d know it by any posts on the Friends for Fullerton’s Future blog.
Since the outcomes became no longer in doubt, the Blog, that has several more bloggers than this one covering a much smaller footprint of OC, has covered the election results not a single time. Four of the past six posts are nasty posts about the Fullerton Police Department, one based on a Yahoo story on how California is the worst run state in the nation, a dig at new State Rep. Sharon Quirk-Silva, and some “Greatest Hits” material. What Bushala and company might not realize is that the changes brought about in the November election are the unintended consequences of nastiness the bloggers and commenters spew at those who disagree with them. Now there’s no question that Bushala, Kiger and FFFF have strong support in Fullerton, but it isn’t as strong as they think and Fullerton residents went to the polls to demonstrate just who’s in charge.
Before the June primary, conservatives dominated the Fullerton city council 4-1. After the primary, BushalaNation had a 3-2 majority. After November, it’s 3-2 Republicans and 3-2 anti-Bushala. Fullerton residents took their city back. And the silence is pretty deafening. Now readers here will note that Republicans took control of Irvine on election day and we had a post about it the next day. But it seems that Bushala & Company are still in denial about the election and all.
Readers in Fullerton have posted here happily about the outcome of the Flory-Kiger race and Quirk-Silva’s victory because they can do so without being accused on being members of the FPD union or waitresses at the SlideBar.
So please comment away readers from Fullerton. Did TeamBushala lose a battle or lose the war? Will Kiger run again? Is Chris Thompson the next elected official in Fullerton with a target on his back?
Let us know.