|A political kiss of death?|
PUSD Board candidate Larry Torres, visibly shaken by this unfortunate turn of events, was later reported being seen over on Sunnyside Avenue by multiple observers, down on his hands and knees in Susan's front yard and literally begging her to take the endorsement back. However, as if this typing there is no talk of any potential lawsuits quite yet. Though that could certainly follow.
So why is all of this happening? Because practically anyone and everything Harriet Susan (etc.) endorses for office either loses or runs away in terror. Animate or inanimate. Honestly, if I was running for an office in Sierra Madre, I'd pay her to endorse the other guy. Who, I am sure, would probably do exactly the same. Heck, it could result in a bidding war. Think of the potential financial gains to the paper for endorsing the other guy. It could be a windfall for this marginally financed publication.
Here is the shocking H.S.P.C.H. record on political endorsements.
2010 - Henderson endorsed Councilmember Joe Mosca. He later resigns his seat and flees the country.
2012 - Henderson endorses Colin Braudrick for City Council. Chris Koerber wins by a substantial margin.
2012 - Henderson endorses UUT #1. It lost in a landslide.
2014 - Henderson hoped to endorse Josh Moran and Nancy Walsh for re-election, but both refused to run.
2014 - Henderson endorses "Naked" Noah Green for City Council. Denise Delmar wins.
2014 - Henderson endorses UUT #2. It suffers the same ignoble fate as UUT #1.
2014 - Henderson endorses Paul Tanaka for Sheriff. Jim McDonnell eventually wins with over 80% of the vote.
2015 - Henderson endorses Larry Torres.
This is a substantial losing streak, and the value of a Mountain Views News endorsement is now being called into question. One respected local campaign manager is reported as saying, "If I was Larry Torres I'd be begging her to take it back, too!"
We broke the news about Larry Torres' arrest and conviction for drunken driving last week. Certainly that is something most parents are not looking for when choosing an educator. But are you aware of H. Susan Henderson's own run-in with behavioral infamy? Here is the San Francisco Examiner report that details her forced resignation from a high Democratic Party office in California for alleged corruption (link).
Demo leader resigns under fire - H. Susan Henderson, onetime Republican turned executive director of the California Democratic Party, has resigned her $78,000-per-year post amid controversy over alleged resume-pumping and questionable expenditures on a party credit card.
State party chair Bill Press announced Henderson's departure Wednesday, the same day The Examiner reported that she had registered to vote as a Republican barely two years before taking the $78,000-per-year Democratic Party post.
The Examiner also reported that the University of California had no record of awarding Henderson a law degree and an MBA, as she had claimed on her resume, and that a Sunnyvale business executive said Henderson had failed to repay a $2,000 loan.
A confidential news source said that California Democrats, who face the crucial 1996 election with a deficit of $1 million, would pay Henderson $25,000 in exchange for her resignation.
The issue of resume' pumping was among the charges being leveled against Susan at the time. That is, claiming university degrees and honors she apparently never earned. Speaking of an education issue.
Again, from the San Francisco Examiner report:
Henderson states that she holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Ohio State University, but a spokeswoman said Ohio State had never granted a degree to Harriet Susan Henderson or Harriet Poole, Henderson's maiden name.
Henderson's resume also says that she holds an "M.B.A. / J.D." from the University of California, without specifying a campus.
Spokesmen at UC-Berkeley, UCLA and UC-Davis, the three UC campuses that have both law and business schools, said no such degrees had been issued to H. Susan Henderson or Harriet Poole.
Here is a screenshot from Susan's current Linked In page (link). As you can easily see, Susan Henderson is still claiming that she has a degree from Ohio State University.
At least she isn't still telling people she has degrees from the University of California these days.
Oh wait, she is.
The only question remaining now is will H. Susan Henderson (etc.) accede to Larry Torres' pleas and take The Mountain Views News endorsement back.
We'll let you know as soon as we hear.