On Wednesday we will be done with having a nutcase like Jo-Ann Chase running for office, and for me that moment cannot come soon enough. Having crazy people in politics just makes life difficult for too many good people, and the last few days have been crazy — as in off-your-meds, break out the straightjackets crazy.
The other night while David Ramadan’s campaign was doing a lit drop, Jo-Ann calls the Sheriff’s office to complain that her yard signs are getting stolen and that the Ramadan campaign is responsible, and she has the evidence to prove it. So a Deputy gets dispatched to sort this all out and of all things Chase wants to have a personal confrontation among the people she is accusing instead of filing a report and just letting law enforcement handle it. The Deputy shows up and Jo-Ann goes on a long tirade but when asked to produce the evidence so the Deputy would have probable cause to make an arrest, there is none. No pictures (as she alleged she had), and no witnesses (which she alleged she had). I feel sorry for the law enforcement professional that had to deal with this, but apparently it was good for a hearty laugh within the Ramadan campaign. When your opponent devotes a lot of energy to acting like a nutcase, it kind of makes an election easier to win.
The second item comes from Jo-Ann Chase’s attack dog Kent Clizbe. Kent is a real estate agent who runs all over the place claiming that he’s a former CIA agent and writing about how David Ramadan is a closet jihadist and Sharia Law supporter. Funny, everyone I ever met who worked with intelligence agencies (and I’ve met and worked with quite a few) was hugely circumspect about their work, not only in order to protect national security interests, but for their own protection. So I mention this real estate guy who supposedly was such a big spook just once, and he has some lawyers draw up a cease and desist letter that I’m supposed to respond with written apologies by today, just in time for the Chase campaign to use for political purposes.
I don’t think I quite need the NSA to help me figure that one out.
You’d think some sort of big-time intelligence agent would know by now that “bite me” is the response you get to this dumb attempt to silence the political discourse with lawyers. I’ve dealt with this kind of bullying how many times already? Now if a real estate sales guy who wants to dress up as a special operator when he’s alone and run around his basement with a toy gun pretending to take out bad guys, well, that I suppose I can imagine. I think I was doing something like that when I was around six years old. It was fun, but I grew out of it. Perhaps some people don’t.
Maybe Jo-Ann Chase can lend him some of her meds. Seems like that campaign could qualify for a volume discount.
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