The following was received from one of our readers. It has been forwarded to the Explorer for printing and may be in the July 15 edition.
IS IT “OUTRIGHT LIES, INTIMIDATION AND BULLYING TACTICS”?
I think most of us who are following what goes on in Oro Valley are aware of the incident which occurred when a member of the recall group turning in petitions against our fine Mayor, Satish Hiremath, was arrested and charged with assaulting Vice-Mayor Waters.
Ryan Hartung, the leader of the recall group, came before the Oro Valley Town Council on Wednesday, July 1, 2015, and complained that inaccurate references were made about the recall group. Specifically Mayor Hiremath, stated the following: “The whole composition of that group, they have always shown that they resort to either outright lies, intimidation and bully tactics.” There was no specific reference to Mr. Hartung although Mr. Hartung is the leader of that group and therefore must bear some responsibility. I also find it interesting that two members of Hartung’s group, intimidated another citizen recording the activities. One shoved a cell phone in front of the lens of the video recorder while yet another put her hands in front of the lens and even push it toward the ground. Mr. Thomas Kamoske, the person later charged with the assault, was also recorded earlier walking through the peaceful demonstrators loudly referring to them as “barking seals”. So, as an average citizen, I think the phrase “intimidation and bullying tactics” is used appropriately and now well documented.
As for “lies”, I offer the following. Subsequent to the ”kerfuffle”, as a reporter chooses to describe the incident resulting in the arrest of one, Mr. Hartung stated that Vice-Mayor Water “lashed out” at Mr. Kamoske. One of Mr. Hartung’s own supporters described the Waters movement as “swats the papers out of his way.” Mr. Hartung stated that Waters was wearing a red t-shirt like the rest of the demonstrators. Mr. Waters was wearing a blue button-up shirt. In a separate statement, Mr. Hartung said that Councilman Hornat was wearing the same red shirt as the demonstrators. He was not. So those three statements by Mr. Hartung about the incident were all incorrect. One man’s incorrect information is another’s lies. You be the judge.