Recently the local Republicans held an event where they hosted the right-wing firebrand Ann Coulter to a fundraiser. This event was blasted by the left, middle, and some on the right as well because of the nature of Ann Coulter and the hateful shtick of a caricature that she portrays in her books and media. Not only does she actively preach hate towards immigrants, Latinos, and other minorities, but also women and anyone that disagrees with her.
As a constituent of Supervisor Jim DeMartini it absolutely sickens me that this event was basically approved and co-opted by our county board. I have no problem with a private event and letting people speak their minds, but where the issue lies is that it gave the impression that it was sponsored by the county board. We have also come to find out that Stanislaus County taxpayers are on the hook for about $68K in police services for this event, which just supports that perception.
Almost any other event in the area requires the event holder to pay for “police services” to cover those costs and take the burden off the local taxpayer – but for some reason, which DeMartini cannot explain thoughtfully, the Republican fundraiser was not equally charged for these police services. When Jim was confronted about it at a recent board meeting by a concerned and brave citizen, his answer was that it was the fault of the Modesto Bee as they “whipped up the hysteria” around the event and that they were “responsible.”
Jim – I thought you were a Republican? I thought that Republicans believed in taking responsibility and accountability? Well maybe it is time for you to accept your nature and the problems you have caused over the years you have served in office. Maybe it is time for you to listen to your constituents for once instead of your party. I know you are not used to being held accountable for your actions, but that is changing. Get used to it.
Co-founder, Patterson Progressive Alliance