Anaheim gadfly William Denis Fitzgerlad, who went on a homophobic and anti-Semitic rant at a recent Anaheim City Council meeting, made OC Weekly’s “Scariest People” list along with Anaheim council member Kris Murray, Angels owner Arte Moreno, and Anaheim blogger Matt Cunningham. And while his selection is easily observed, what’s not so clear is the organization he represents.
Anaheim H.O.M.E. is described as a non-profit organization or a government watchdog group. Fitzgerald himself described the organization as a former PAC. There is no website for the organization. There is no phone number. No address. There is no list of “directors” that Fitzgerald says he is a spokesman for or speaks at the direction of. And there is no listing for this organization that we could find on the California Secretary of State’s page. Is it just Fitzgerald? He won’t say.
From the OC Weekly post: “Used to be that this babbling Anaheim gadfly only railed about Disneyland fireworks in his neighborhood. Maybe he was on to something, and the pyrotechnic chemicals finally went to his brain because William Fitzgerald has set his sights on other enemies: Muslims and Vietnamese. But nothing prepared the Anaheim City Council audience for the anti-Semitic tirade he unleashed a few weeks back at Councilman Jordan Brandman. Speaking about Hitler and the Holocaust, Fitzgerald had this to say: “It was the Jordan Brandman type of evil Jews that led to the hatred of all Jews in Germany and the Holocaust.” He also called the council member “an evil, greedy, scheming” Jew who “bragged” about having relatives who died in the Holocaust. Finally, despite having been politely asked to refrain from “mean” personal insults by Anaheim’s mayor, Fitzgerald went full Nazi and concluded his speech by saying, “Jordan Brandman is one very sick faggot.” Mitigating factor: Those Disneyland fireworks are Jewish, right?”
We tracked down Fitzgerald’s email address, from a Greg Diamond email seeking to promote an OJ post of all things, seeking more details about the organization. Fitzgerald wrote back:
“I have heard some really bad things about you from some bad people, so you must be a really good guy.
Any enemy of our enemy is our friend.
I would like to help you but basically, as spokesperson, I just say what I am given by our directors and am not authorize (sic) to do otherwise.
For your information, We try to be accurate in our statements. However, I have attached a few of our Anaheim public comments made this year where we made errors. Since we would like to publicly make those corrections, maybe you could help us to do so.
I can not speak directly with you about the issues since I am unable to speak for our organization as a whole, or give personal information that could distract from the issues. However, if you e-mail me any questions you may have, I will get back to you with a reply as soon as reasonable.”
Fitzgerald attached about a half dozen PDFs of comments made at meetings and I need to track down the associated videos to identify what Fitzgerald said versus what he’s attempting to amend. I assured him, I’m not his friend. Anyone with the attitude he has towards Jews or Gays is no friend of mine.
So if Fitzgerald is acting on behalf of a secretive Board of Directors, do they say his view of Jews. Of Gays. And while he may have run against Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait in the past, the comment “any enemy of ‘our’ enemy is a friend” is telling. Tait may not view Fitzgerald and his group as an ally, but Fitzgerald certainly must see his organization is on the Mayor’s side today. With the exception of Cynthia Ward and Chris Prevatt, those closely promoting Tom Tait as Anaheim’s White Knight have tarnished armor and Tait’s inability to get them in line demonstrates a weakness in leadership that I’m hoping will propel a Democrat to the mayor’s office in 2014.
For someone who routinely calls on the Anaheim City Council and the County BoS for transparency, shouldn’t Fitzgerald be offering some transparency into his own organization too?
So here it is readers: if anyone has used the services of Anaheim H.O.M.E., knows anyone other than Fitzgerald associated with the group, knows the list of their BoD, or believes the organization shares Fitzgerald’s views on Jews and Gays, the comments section awaits you. Until then, it appears Anaheim H.O.M.E. does nothing other than send Fitzgerald out for three minutes of public comment and consists of no other members than him.