Here in Sierra Madre, where you'd think that Susan's vast statewide political experience would outstrip anything those darned townies might be able to come up with, things may have changed. For the second election in a row nearly everything Susan touched turned into something you'd hate to find floating in your swimming pool. Her performance as a political strategist having been that bad.
Both in 2012 and 2014 a UUT ballot initiative calling for tax increases she herself loudly supported tanked, along with most of her candidates. Including the one she handpicked specially for this election, an individual who turned out to have an unfortunate penchant for posting very strange selfies of himself on Facebook.
Henderson, like so many people possessing both an outsized ego and meagre abilities, does not enjoy taking the blame for her failures. After all, Susan's value to those who employ her rests on an ability to deliver real election results, especially with tax increase initiatives. Otherwise of what possible use could she be to them?
Now that Susan has overseen two election defeats in a row, there has got to be some discomfort in certain quarters about the value of her services. With the inference being that she has become more of an embarrassment than an asset. And Susan Henderson really has become an embarrassment, and to this entire community. It isn't just the many unfortunate typos and spelling errors in her paper, either.
For the second election in a row, Susan Henderson is now blaming The Tattler for a political defeat that was of her own making. And in the second over-the-top and frankly hysteric "editorial" in her small press run newspaper in a month, my name gets filtered through the dank and airless passages of Susan's cerebral bat cave. Like somehow her failures are all my fault, or that if she blames me there will be someone out there who might actually believe it.
Here are a few of the patently untrue statements found in the latest edition of the Looney Views News, along with my comments:
Henderson: "During this election cycle we had the unprecedented exploiting of personal photos taken by one candidate's wife while they were on vacation."
There is nothing unprecedented about the press picking up on any strange Facebook pictures of a politician running for an elective office. Anything that appears on the Internet is fair game, and if you post pictures of yourself doing lewd and sexually suggestive things, and on a public forum like Facebook no less, people are going to find out. Just ask Anthony Weiner.
Here is what the Pasadena Star News had to say about Noah Green's unfortunate Facebook selfies (link):
Photos showing City Council candidate Noah Green letting loose on a 2011 vacation, and possibly getting naked, surfaced online Tuesday.
The photos were pulled from Green’s and his wife Melanie’s Facebook pages and appeared on the Sierra Madre Tattler blog. They show Green with his mouth between the breasts of a bikini-clad mannequin; Green sitting naked in a hammock holding a beer; and Green stripping at a party. The photos were taken in 2011 while vacationing in Cabo San Lucas, Miami and Costa Rica, the Greens said.
There is also a screenshot of a Facebook status Green made in 2011, when he was “getting ‘buc’d up’ (with the) townies” at Buccaneer Bar in Sierra Madre after first moving there in 2011.
I am sorry, but those picture were news. They still are. And judging by the thousands of hits received by this blog when I posted those pictures, along with the related Pasadena Star News article that became the #1 most read on their news site that week, people were very interested in seeing them.
Just because the Mountain Views News doesn't like to print very much in the way of actual news doesn't mean the rest of the world should start suppressing important information. Susan Henderson not approving of something is no reason to institute North Korea-style news censorship in the Foothill Village.
Henderson: "… I cannot get over the blatantly called (sic) Gene Goss a liar regarding campaign contributions when it was a well known public fact that Gene never solicited a contribution from the Teachers Union and when they sent him one, he returned it and stated that fact over and over again."
Henderson is referring to a post card that I had nothing to do with. However, that hardly means the authors of that card were wrong. The issue here is that Gene Goss clearly stated on his campaign website that he would never solicit or accept the support of any outside agencies, including labor unions and political consultants. Here are the exact words from his campaign website (link):
Pledge: The trend in recent years of outside organizations trying to influence Sierra Madre politics is unacceptable. Therefore, in the interest of the independence of this town, my solemn commitment to fellow Sierra Madreans is that I will absolutely not solicit nor will I accept any support from political parties, outside political organizations, outside political interest groups, outside political consultants, labor unions, law firms, developers, etc.
Gene Goss "pledged" that he would not solicit or accept any support from organizations such as labor unions. Yet on this same campaign website he lists the endorsement of the United Teachers of Pasadena.
Support from such an organization is hardly limited to cash contributions. It also comes in the form of campaign publicity, volunteers and favor within the community supporting that organization. All of which are equally beneficial to a candidate running for office. Goss actively pursued this union endorsement, and once it was offered to him, accepted it. Despite his stated claims that he would never accept such support.
There is also the matter of Goss's connection to the criminal Calderon political organization through his campaign treasurer, Yolanda Miranda. Her company being yet another outside interest that he relied upon for support. All of which points to a certain ethical squishiness on Gene Goss's part. Something you should find troubling when considering the kinds of responsibilities that come with the City Council seat he will soon occupy.
Henderson: Sierra Madre has a lot of challenges to deal with. Should the UUT remain defeated, we have to figure out how to keep the town the pristine village that it is. We can't do that if we have council members who refrain from doing the right thing for fear of being (called out) on "the blog" or dressed down in council meeting (sic).
What Susan is referring to here is John Capoccia's flip-flop on the taxation issue. He ran as a self-styled tax fighter in 2012, and won his seat on the City Council because a lot of people believed John's claim that he opposed utility tax rates that to this day are still the highest in California. John later went back on his promises on that issue and supported the large tax increases called for by Measure UUT. He has taken a lot of criticism in the community because of this, and justifiably so.
Apparently what Susan is saying here is that if a politician breaks a campaign promise, which is about as bad a thing for a politician to do, we should not say anything because it might discourage other people from running for office.
To which I would say that any politician who would promise one thing during a campaign, yet do the complete opposite once elected, should definitely be discouraged from running for office. I know I will do anything I can to help in that effort.
It is also important to remember that in 2012 the people of Sierra Madre voted to sunset our double digit utility tax rates starting next year. Our vote not only counts, it supersedes everything else. The last thing we need is flip-flopping tax happy pols trying to undermine basic democracy.
Henderson's real problem here is that she failed to deliver for her clients in the last two elections. Susan fears that she is quickly becoming irrelevant, that her paper doesn't influence very many people anymore, and she's now lashing out at just about anyone or anything in hopes of diverting attention from the fact that she can't get it done anymore.
Maybe Sore Loser Susan needs to retire from her political consultant gig. Obviously it just isn't working out for her anymore.