There were some letters to The Weekly from folks that have seen past the hysteria, and I thought I should point them out here. This current - and rather desperate - political gambit of the Mosca campaign might not be resonating in quite the fashion Joe intended, probably because much of what he and his surrogates have had to say wasn't based in fact. A lot of it being, as in the case of Hail Hamilton, typified by schoolyard taunts, addled conjecture, and some rather silly name-calling. I guess Joe had to play with the hand he was dealt, jokers and all.
Here are the opinions of some hardy souls who were brave enough to stand up to The Big Smear. Just like the town itself, Sierra Madreans always seem to see through the muck.
Mr. Crawford has never pointed out Mr. Mosca's sexual preferences, and quite frankly they have no place in any campaign. It's ironic to me that you would state that Mr. Mosca believes that there is a "homophobic smear campaign" against him. The only time I have read "homophobic" was in an article YOU wrote about Mr. Crawford. If that isn't innuendo, I don't know what is.
Politics are not always kind. Take a look at Whitman and Poizner going at it everyday. Obama and McCain weren't any better. I honestly believe that no one cares about Mr. Mosca's sexual preferences; we only care about our town and his commitment. Plain and simple.
You and Hail and everyone else are no better in regards to the "nasty comments" and mean spirited attacks. Mr. Mosca is on tape telling an elderly citizen to "get a life." Watch it, it's on U-Tube. Folks are not voting on Mr. Mosca's sexual preferences; no they are voting on the promises he BROKE four years ago. It's as simple as that. - Richard
OK, I just read the Sierra Madre Weekly and Terry Miller's attack on Mr. Crawford. I have a few comments. First, I have always liked Mr. Miller, thought he took some fantastic photos, and I've always admired Mr. Crawford for his straight-forward approach to his writing. If memory serves me correctly; the Sierra Madre Weekly used Mr. Crawford's (Eric Maundry's) articles all the time. Interesting that when it worked for them they were all for it. Now that Mr. Crawford is running for office for City Council, they don't want anything to do with him! Politics at its best!
Terry, the Cumquat was not a "parody" as you put it, but an obscene, infantile attack on well respected folks. Do you really think Ms. Angus enjoyed the "parody" against her?
Let us not forget that this is all about free speech. I voted for Joe Mosca because I believed he was going to preserve our town. I didn't know he was a gay American and truth be told, I wouldn't have cared. I still would have voted for him. I can guarantee you that on April 13, Mr. Mosca will not have my vote and it is NOT because he is a gay American, it's because I think we need someone else who can preserve our town. It's too bad that Mr. Mosca has decided to throw "homophobic" into the mix, or maybe you did that, Terry. I honestly expected more from both of you. I'm voting for Crawford, Alcorn, and Watts. Thank you all for running. - Sarah
The Mayor allowed Paul Hovespian to ramble on and on and on. During her term as mayor, MacGillivray has rarely limited public comment time. No speaker spoke for fifteen minutes. Get your facts straight. Why wasn't the Mayor interviewed for this article? Our Council members should act as adults and be able to take criticism. - Trevor
Bwahaha! Joe will do anything to avoid talking about his lousy record in office. Even play the "homophobia" card. The scoundral has no shame whatsoever. - El Kabong
It is disappointing that your paper has accused Mr. Mosca of injecting baseless and irrelevant charges of homophobia into a city council election. I am confident you misquoted him. - RDLM
Why is it when someone feels they are part of a "minority" (gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, etc) and they don't get their way, they play the "card?" In this case Joe is playing the "gay card." The people that spoke at the City Council meeting had all voted for him in 2006. People were mad because Mr. Mosca sought the endorsement of the Democratic Party. Candidates in our local elections do not and have never sought endorsements from political parties. - Mosca Voter 2006
Wow Hail, you admittedly don't know "much about John Crawford," but you can go on such a personal attack? SHAME ON YOU! Do your home work. Mr. Crawford cares about this town. He's been at every city council meeting. Where were you? Oh, that's right, you had a column to write.
John has a real, respectable job. I really can't say the same thing about Mr. Josh Moran. He was quoted as being an "account executive" of what? I did some investigation. What I discovered is that he either does reverse mortgages or is in some kind of real estate. Either way, they seem to be quite a conflict of interest for our city council.
It's AMAZING that you can sit back and claim that John is the "biggest blowhard" because you don't agree with him - seems to me it makes you just as big of an "egotistical delusional blowhard" for your own column. Funny how that works, isn't it?
If you dislike the way things are done, I suggest next election you take out papers to run for city council. But I doubt you have what it takes. - Tom
One of the problems with running a scorched earth campaign as the one Mr. Mosca launched is that there is always a significant chance for blowback. And with a little more than a week to go before election day, that is now apparently the headwind he finds himself walking into. That Joe should disingenuously insinuate to the world that this town is a bastion of intolerance because it suits his narrow political purposes is just plain wrong. We voted for him in near record numbers in 2006, an election where his vote total far surpassed all other candidates. Is this the thanks we get?
Oh, and for the record, I too voted for Joe in 2006. The worst I have ever cast.