Former Anaheim Mayoral candidate William Denis Fitzgerald was charged with misdemeanor assault and battery during Tuesday’s Anaheim City Council meeting shortly after making another signature borderline slanderous three minute public statement where he called outgoing Council member Gale Eastman a white supremacist twice and accused Eastman’s husband, who suffers from multiple sclerosis, of having a full diaper.
According to the OC Register, Fitzgerald allegedly shoved Anaheim resident Larry Torgerson who took a seat next to Fitzgerald after Fitzgerald, a spokesman for Anaheim Home (which appears to be a one-person group), finished berating Eastman at her last council meeting. Torgerson alleges Fitzgerald pushed him after telling Torgerson that the seat next to Fitzgerald was taken.
Anaheim Police PIO Lt. Bob Dunn told TheLiberalOC that Fitzgerald was charged after a citizen’s arrest was made. A summons was issued and the details were forward to the Anaheim City Attorney who will decide what charges will be brought against Fitzgerald.
During Fitzgerald’s diatribe, Anaheim Mayor TomTait stopped the clock to call Fitzgerald a jerk which Fitzgerald responded by calling Tait one as well.
The LiberalOC has contacted Fitzgerald for comment and we have not received a reply to our query.
A post about the arrest was posted on the Orange Juice blog and it was pretty sanitized for the usually prolix blogger Greg Diamond, who included Fitzgerald in his alleged “good government” group that promotes anything Tom Tait wants.
Diamond wrote: “He was released on his own recognizance with a ticket requiring to show up to court. Witnesses say that he struck another person, associated with a retinue of supporters of Gail Eastman who attended her last meeting of her single Council term, who was trying to get past him in the aisle, knocking him several feet down the aisle. Mayor Tom Tait did not become aware of the cause of the arrest until sometime after the meeting.”
We’ll call bullstuff on that last sentence because there was a noticeable and audible reaction from the council on the dais at the moment of the altercation and Tait was looking directly at it. It’s on video for anyone to see. So Tait had to have seen it happen in real time, but we’re not surprised Diamond continues to run cover for this conservative Tea Party mayor.
CATER president Cynthia Ward was quick to throw Fitzgerald under the bus with a long comment: