Social media misinformation prompts online bullying

April 6, 2018

Update: Jimmy Paulding responded shortly before the article was published to say that he had heard from CR Lara from Latino Outreach who wanted to reschedule the forum because of Supervisor Compton’s campaign. Paulding later posted on Facebook that the Latino Outreach Council is covering for Compton. The article has been updated to reflect Paulding’s comments.

After San Luis Obispo County District 4 supervisor candidate Jimmy Paulding accused his opponent on Facebook of backing out on a debate, several of his supporters began making fun of Lynn Compton’s looks and calling her names such as coward and troll. [Cal Coast Times]

“I’m sorry to have to announce that my opponent Lynn Compton has backed out of our scheduled debate next Friday so that she can attend “Cruz Night,” Paulding posted on his campaign Facebook page. “We have been trying to schedule debates for weeks, and now it is not clear when the community will ever get the opportunity to ask us both questions and have a fair chance to compare candidates. I will continue to try to get her to join me, because voters deserve to hear from their candidates.”

However, the tentative date of the debate was changed by the Latino Outreach Council and not Supervisor Lynn Compton. The council was planning to hold the debate on April 13, until the Cruz Night event was moved to the same night.

“I have been informed that the Nipomo Chamber has changed the date of the inaugural ‘Cruise Night’ in Nipomo to April 13 due to expected rain on April 6,” Jacqueline Frederick wrote in a message to Compton. “As a result, LOC has decided to move the candidate forum to another night to insure that the Nipomo residents can attend both major events. I apologize for the inconvenience. We will let you know of future available dates once we confirm the availability of the Nipomo High School Forum.”

Following Paulding’s Facebook posting, SLO Tribune contributor and campaign media buyer Tom Fulks shared Paulding’s post while calling Compton a troll and a coward.

On multiple Facebook pages, more than 50 people have chastised Compton based on Paulding’s accusation that she had backed out of the debate. County planner Brandi Cummings, who was under fire last year for failing to follow board direction in producing a draft marijuana ordinance, also called Compton a coward after reading Paulding’s post.

“…voters deserve to hear from their candidates,” Brandi Cummings writes under Paulding’s Facebook post. “Unfortunately, Lynn Compton does not have the best interests of her constituents or the community in mind. Lynn Compton pushes ideological rants and cherry picks facts to suit her situation. She talks fast and talks over people or cuts them off to sound authoritative and sure of her position. She cannot compete in a head-to-head debate with Jimmy Paulding because she will be going against facts, logic, and intellect. She will come out looking incompetent, uninformed, and just plain rude. Lynn Compton is a coward and in the end, it is the voters who lose. She is not only snubbing Jimmy Paulding but the election process and the constituents of this County.”

According to the county’s civil service rules, staffers can face discipline including dismissal for conduct unbecoming an employee, discourteous treatment of other employees or the public and improper political activity, according to rule 14.

After the board pulled the rogue marijuana ordinance in May 2017, Cummings began demeaning the board majority on social media. Shortly afterwards, Cummings was barred from speaking about planning department issues at board meetings.

According to Paulding, CR  Lara called him on April 3 to tell him that the forum had  to be “rescheduled” to accommodate Compton.

In response to the Cal Coast Times article, Paulding wrote on Facebook that the Latino Outreach Council is covering for Compton.

Paulding’s post on Facebook:

Hi Vita, the Cal Coast News article that you reference is full of lies. First and foremost, I responded to their request for comment at 2:10 PM today. Here’s my response: “CR Lara with the Latino Outreach Council called me on April 3rd to tell me that the debate confirmed for the 4/13 date was cancelled to accommodate a request by Lynn Compton’s campaign to reschedule the debate because the Nipomo Chamber was rescheduling their ‘Cruz Night’ event due to rain in the forecast. My Facebook post reflects this fact. Your version of events is different from what CR Lara originally told me over the phone.” And this statement reflects the truth. Here are the odd sequence of events. After I had received the call from CR Lara on the 3rd, and after my Facebook post, I received a text from Jackie Frederick on April 4th saying, “Jimmy, I have been informed that the Nipomo Chamber has changed the date of the inaugural ‘Cruise Night’ in Nipomo to April 13 due to expected rain on April 6. As a result, LOC has decided to move the candidate forum to another night to ensure that the Nipomo residents can attend both major events. I apologize for any inconvenience. We will let you know of future available dates once we confirm the availability of the Nipomo High School Forum. The person in charge is on vacation this week and not available to reschedule. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. I’ll reach out to you as soon as I know the dates the room is available. Thank you again. Kind regards, Jacqueline Frederick.” I responded to Jackie immediately with: “Thanks, Jackie. Just to let you know CR Lara previously communicated this message to me but with the added noted that the LOC rescheduled per Lynn’s request.” Jackie responded, “He never spoke to Lynn. Her assistant let us know about the change by the Chamber of the Cruz night and I decided it was best to change the date of your debate for the reason I have expressed. I apologize for the inconvenience but it’s better to have the debate when there isn’t this type of major conflict. Thanks Jimmy.” So, Vita, please ask me in the future if you question the truth of any message coming from my campaign. It is obvious that the story changed to cover for Lynn. And, as typical, it is the Cal Coast News Karen Velie who is doing her bidding, along with poor investigative reporting.”







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CentralcoastRN

So Lynn Compton rescheduled because the Nipomo Cruise Night had to be rescheduled due to rain. Seems reasonable.

Paulding’s full comment:
“I’m sorry to have to announce that my opponent Lynn Compton has backed out of our scheduled debate next Friday so that she can attend “Cruz Night.” We have been trying to schedule debates for weeks, and now it is not clear when the community will ever get the opportunity to ask us both questions and have a fair chance to compare candidates. I will continue to try to get her to join me, because voters deserve to hear from their candidates.” I think that is a reasonable response.

People need to quit being so partisan for a second and really look at candidates and where they stand on issues. One way to know is to have town hall style debates. Without hyperbole, can we all just take a moment to see if Lynn Compton and her “camp” reschedule this debate? Take a big breath people. If she doesn’t reschedule the debate, it will make it seem as if she isn’t up for talking about the issues. It doesn’t mean that is true, but it will SEEM that way.

I am not sure who I will vote for. I don’t like that Paulding is super tree hugging liberal. I dont’ like that Lynn Compton wants to build, build, build when we don’t have a water plan, we don’t have a traffic plan, and all the old people who live on the Mesa complain that the wind blows sand. I want to hear her plans on these issues.

Niles Q

Paulding might not be a “politician” per se, but he sure is learning the blame game quickly.

horse_soldier

Keep in mind who’s coaching little Jimmy.

MarkJames

Jimmy Paulding claiming that the Latino Outreach group is covering for Lynn Compton is either a sign of a paranoid man or an attempt to manipulate. Why would he twist the rescheduling of a debate into Lynn Compton is backing out? Go to the debate, tell the public what you stand for, and act like an honorable person. The county has had enough of the angry, nasty and bullying behaviors of Adam Hill, Tom Fulks and their troll Aaron Ochs. I wonder if Jimmy will claim mental illness in the future.

mazin

Who cares about this stuff? What does it have with good governance? Why are we paying such high public salaries? What are we going to do when Diablo closes? How about water supplies?
Instead we get attack after attack on Paulding, I don’t even know him but I will vote for him.
CCN is WAY too politically biased not even worth the time, and I worked part time for Carpenter against Hill.
CCN folks are consumed by … when you hate someone, they own you, you let your hatred of them own you.
Hill is owned by this. Fulks seems like he is out of high school. Don’t let them pull CCN into to fun zone. Be professional, be unbiased.

mbfog

Who cares about this stuff? Jimmy Paulding, that’s who, and he has tipped his hand to exactly the kind of divisive, partisan, bickering politician he would be if elected. He is showing his true colors- and it is obvious it is the LAST thing our county needs.
With his petty and childish antics, imagine the kind of enabler he would be for Adam Hill. If elected, it’s clear Jimmy would take toxic politics to a whole new level.
This guy is not what good governance looks like.

MarkJames

You are repeating Adam Hill’s rhetoric, “CCN is paid to write about me.” But the truth is Hill and his troupe of manipulators want to shut CCN down because they want to keep the truth from the public. Every time CCN publishes a story they do not like, they say it is about hate. On Congalton, reporters have said they do not know personally know most of the people in their articles. How do you hate someone you don not know?

JordanJ

Now Jimmy Paulding is blaming Latino Outreach and claiming they lie to cover for Lynn. Wow! Jimmy, if you had more experience you might know it is a liberal organization. First you attempt to make it seem that Lynn backed out because she is afraid, but then it is a reschedule. And when Latino Outreach says otherwise, they are covering it up. Reporters are also lying, everyone but Jimmy.

SLOBIRD

Yep, just what need on the BOS, another paranoid, lying, manipulative Supervisor. Let’s keep moving forward with true facts and actions and not the accusatory finger pointing and degrading behavior of another possible supervisor. Have we not had enough of this type of behavior over the several years? Let’s move forward, not backwards, with better and honest governance for the people.

TKG

To paraphrase Jack Nicholson in “A Few Good Men”, Progressives “can’t handle the truth!”. Their credo of misinformation, manipulation, political theater, and outright lies in their attempts to seize power by “the ends justify the means” has all too well been revealed. They must be stopped.

Slosum

Can’t wait for Lynn to debate little Jimmy. She will kick his ass…. and Fulks, Andre, Hill, Gibson, Cummings et all are such nasty little bitches. All they can do is scratch, bite and spit. Get out the bleach.