Gibson’s campaign will focus on foes

August 12, 2013

gibsonBruce Gibson said Monday he is seeking reelection to a third term as San Luis Obispo County’s District 2 supervisor, and launched a savage assault on his perceived enemies — COLAB, Tea Party “ideologues,” “paranoid conspiracy promoters,” and “water wasters.”

Gibson is sending a letter to “my dear friends” asking for contributions, noting that “powerful pressure groups… are turning our North County into a dust bowl.”

In his plea, Gibson alludes to “events in my private life” and predicts that his opponents “will attack me personally.”

He referred to his public affair with his administrative assistant, Cherie Aispuro, which has resulted in divorce from his wife. Aispuro still works for Gibson after having been removed from his office while county officials tried to determine if the pair had violated existing policy.

After it was ascertained that the county had no official policy covering such personal affairs, Aispuro returned to the Gibson office.

Gibson said he believes that “aggressive and well-funded special interests have invaded our Board of Supervisors’ chambers to push an agenda of antagonism, fear and greed which threatens the fabric of our quality of life.”

The supervisor said “extreme elements” like COLAB — the Coalition of Labor, Ag and Business — and the Tea Party “attack science and fact-based decision making an effort to destroy essential public services.”

He’s “fighting against those extreme elements that will stop at nothing to undo the very protections that make our county a special place.”


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Slowerfaster

Gibson throws down the gauntlet…and the extreme elements of COLAB, tea party ideologues, paranoid conspiracy promoters, and water wasters oblige.

These types are enemies of everybody, not merely political opponents.


I might have added “anti-civilization zealots’, but Supervisor Gibson pretty much nailed it.


r0y

Gibson threw down a tantrum, hardly a gauntlet. “Mommy, mommy, they’re being meanies and not letting me do what I want!” – pretty much summed up his tone.


“anti-civilization zealots” – lol, is that the new mantra? I sure hope they don’t pay you people to regurgitate their weak attempts at propaganda. Or maybe you missed the memo: don’t use it where people can see and think for themselves, but limit the knee-jerk slogans for the uninformed and common-core-indoctrinated.


Slowerfaster

Please…Go on…Don’t let me stop you.


I don’t receive or solicit any ‘memos’. Thanks for informing me…informally, that “anti-civilization zealots” struck a nerve. It’s not a mantra, yet…but it could be soon with your assistance !


I have had other words and phrases of my construction added to the lexicon, or at minimum… the common vernacular.

My only payment is the satisfaction of repetition.

When done by friends, it is OK; but when done by foes it is most sweet.


Russ J

This mentality rewards the worst politicians and so they thrive. You just have to vote for ‘your guy’ no matter what. You’d vote for Stalin if he had your political stripe………


MaryMalone

Well, Gibson certainly “nailed it,” but what he nailed wasn’t in his this article.


WiserGuy

Let’s be honest here, folks. All the statements quoted from Gibson’s materials are true. Name one that isn’t.


racket

This paranoid screed sounds like Adam Hill ghostwrote it for him after the start of happy hour.


Pelican1

Hmmm….perhaps your focus should be one statesmanship, honor, honesty, morality, and integrity, rather than defeating your “enemies”.


mbactivist1

But does he understand what statesmanship, honor, honesty, morality and integrity are? Sure doesn’t look like it.


tomsquawk

isn’t that how it is nowadays? smackdowns instead of leadership


MaryMalone

Not with all politicians. Just the desperate ones.


Kevin Rice

But what if you don’t have any statesmanship, honor, honesty, morality, and integrity? Then what?


pasoparent5

Then what? Sadly you run for political office, that’s what!


pasovino

Sadly many don’t -Morality and integrity missing from his personal life-He 1000 % right on COLAB though….they are no better… hand maidens for corporate corruption buying their way into power… lacking all the same qualities~ Which one leaves promotes policies that benefit the MAJORITY ALL residents os SLO County-NOT just Big Ag and development? That’s easy…


r0y

Why anyone directs anger at the supplier of money and influence, rather than the one receiving it is beyond me.


Pelican1

Then you get elected to the Board of Supervisors.


MaryMalone

Then you sit on the county supervisor chair that has “Gibson” or “Hill” on it.


mbactivist1

Gibson was right when he said, “aggressive and well-funded special interests have invaded our Board of Supervisors’ chambers to push an agenda of antagonism, fear and greed which threatens the fabric of our quality of life.” What he forgot to mention is that he is the invader – someone who does the bidding of those well-funded special interest groups, to the detriment of all the rest of his constituents.


tomsquawk

“fighting against those extreme elements”………..sounds like one of them!


taxpayer

Anyone who send a contribution to this unethical person or supports him for reelection is doing a great disservice to the 2nd District. Isn’t there anyone with a clear moral compass out there to challenge this guy? We can do better than this!


Kevin Rice

Yes, you will be attacked personally. YOU have fought to limit and squelch public participation. YOU have operated behind the scenes, out of public view, to place your thumb on the balance of public policy. YOU have divided and caused rift with bigoted name-calling, stereotyping and hate. YOU have ignored public comment and closed your door to constituents. YOU have been arrogant and morally repulsive. YOU have played hookie to skip out on public meetings. And of all hypocrisies, it is YOU who has ignored science and fact-based decision making, seeking instead to use alarm, acrimony, and fear as your tools. Even now, you focus on division instead of selling your positives–of which there are few. YOU will be opposed, as will your donors, Bruce.


pasoparent5

Yep. There’s some priceless footage of Mr.Gibson and his pal Mr. Hill cutting off, ignoring, and condescendingly talking down to those “paranoid conspiracy promoters” who bother to show up at the B.O.S. meetings during public comment.


Anyone who runs against Mr. Gibson needs to splice TV coverage and e-mails of Gibson’s hostile ways into their commercials and remind the voters just how this guy treats his constituents. (ditto for Adam Hill)


Whether you agree with Supervisors Mecham, Arnold, or the late Mr. Teixiera or not, at least they don’t roll their eyes, fiddle with their iPads and notes during meetings, audibly *sigh* when their detractors speak, and publically mock community members who differ with them.


Kevin Rice

Email me the dates and times of those clips please.


pasoparent5

Sorry, no time to wade thru the hundreds of hours televised recordings on County website. But whoever runs against Bruce–and hopefully some brave soul WILL run–is gonna need the ammo to adequately campaign against him.


MaryMalone

Gibson’s opponent will likely have at least a couple of volunteers who would be willing to sort through the BOS videos.


Kevin Rice

“Someone else will do it” isn’t helpful. WE must do it. Silence is complicity.


racket

Never let a good crisis go to waste, eh?


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