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ED WARD, San Clemente
During my one-and-only council run last year, I ran head first into the fear-mongering, divisive mob that bankrolled the recent, ridiculous “hit piece” against Jackson Hinkle in the Oct. 17 edition of this paper.
This ad (which was funded by Eva O’Keefe, Cord Bauer and Tony Rubolino, among others) are the primary online arsonists that stoke hate and ugliness in many of the local San Clemente Facebook groups.
As others have commented (and I agree), our divided city needs to come together for this “Special Election” to elect a “bridge” between the two warring factions of our city council so that we can get to work on the difficult issues facing this city.
While all citizens should be encouraged to support any candidate that they see fit, we should shun these ugly, divisive mobs who avoid civil, informed debate of the issues and devolve instead into sensationalism spread through ugly hit-piece mailings, newspaper ads, half-truths and innuendo-fueled Facebook groups.
Our council needs balance—not the election of any candidate who satiates the fervor of the local hate mobs. Let’s choose wisely, San Clemente!