The internets are all atwitter over the last few days over reports that a fundraising event in Encinitas for Democratic Candidate Francine Busby was raided by San Diego Sheriffs on Saturday. Contrary to news reports claiming that two persons were arrested, seven attendees were at one point under arrest for heinous crimes including attempting to photograph the Sheriffs Officer as he sprayed the unruly crowd of middle aged Democrats with pepper spray.
According to a report posted at Talking Points Memo
The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that a fundraiser for Francine Busby, who previously ran for the deeply-Republican Fiftieth District and came close to winning in the 2006 special election and subsequent regular election, was raided by sheriffs after an unnamed neighbor made a noise complaint. Busby now calls it a “phony” noise complaint, and the article says that multiple neighbors said there was no great noise at all.
Here’s the twist: The fundraiser was hosted by a lesbian couple, and shortly before the sheriffs came a particular neighbor had shouted anti-gay slurs at the assembled crowd. “It was a quiet home reception, disrupted by a vulgar person shouting obscenities from behind the bushes,” Busby says.
As one neighbor told the paper: “We didn’t hear anything until the sheriff came, with eight patrol cars and a helicopter.”
In a subsequent interview, Busby gave her version of events at the fundraiser:
Busby strongly denied that anyone at the fundraiser did anything to provoke violence by the sheriffs. (For their part, the sheriffs claim that somebody kicked an officer.) And she put the blame squarely on a neighbor who heckled the crowd, then called the sheriffs to complain of loudness from Democrats.
“You could hear his voice very clearly, it was loud. But as far as the actual words, I didn’t hear them,” Busby explained. “I heard my name, and obviously derogatory words. Other people heard profanity, and somebody heard something about gays, as well.”It should be noted that the event was hosted by a lesbian couple.
“The deputies were telling people that they were taking statements from, that the call came in about noise from a Democratic rally, or Democratic demonstration,” said Busby. In fact, she said, she had last spoken at about 8:30 p.m., and the police arrived an hour later when most of the attendees had left. “It was a nuisance-noise call, because there was no noise, and the fact that it was described as a Democratic rally or demonstration indicates to me that this person was calling for his own political motives.”
Of course, the fact that the County’s Sheriff is a staunch Republican explains why this response was necessary. After all, it was a “Democratic rally or Democratic demonstration”. The Flash Report, a solidly GOP leaning website, if there ever was one, reported it this way, thanking their inside sources for the tip:
Francine Busby 2.0: Loud Music, Resisting Arrest, Pepper Spray, and Battery on a Police Officer
Erstwhile and announced future candidate for Congress Francine Busby sure knows how to toss a party. The supposedly “centrist ” Democrat and her followers don’t seem to respect authority too much either. Last night’s event to raise funds for a challenge to Rep. Brian Bilbray would have only been more complete with a good old fashioned flag burning.
And over at the Free Republic, commenters were much more open with their prejudices. For Example:
Well, good, if only ALL of the liberals could get a rap sheet and some mug shots, prior to the next election!
She’s a Birkenstock-wearing, Prius-driving, latte-sipping, fuzzy-headed, feel-good liberal lemming.
What’s the difference between a bull and a bull dike?
ANSWER: About 1,400 pounds and a flannel shirt.
BREAKING NEWS: LESBIAN ARRESTED FOR ASSAULTING OFFICER AT DEMOCRATIC PARTY FUNDRAISER
The fundraiser was held at the home of partners Shari Barman and Jane Stratton. Stratton co-founded the Acura Classic tennis tournament in San Diego. The Gay and Lesbian Center in San Diego advertised the campaign fundraiser on their official website calendar for Center Sponsored lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender events. The San Diego Gay and Lesbian Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. As such, they are forbidden by federal and state law from engaging in the support or promotion of political candidates.
I had a hunch this was about bull dykes.
AND we have a hunch that this is about old fashioned bigotry. It’s doubtful that the so-called investigation that the County announced today will amount to anything.