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CD11: Goehring denounces threats

By Lisa Vorderbrueggen
Monday, May 17th, 2010 at 10:30 am in 2010 election, congressional district 11.

Brad Goehring

Brad Goehring

Congressional District 11 GOP primary candidate Brad Goehring is blasting the assault on his campaign in the wake of his provocative Facebook posting, where he declared “open season” on liberals and urged supporters to “thin the herd.”

His campaign manager has received death threats and threats of bodily harm, Goehring says.

“Attack me, not my staff!” Goehring said.

Yes, the candidate’s hunting metaphor was in very poor taste and he brought the full brunt of the liberal blogosphere down on himself.  (On the other hand, it may even turn out to be a good fundraiser if it inspires his supporters to get out their checkbooks.)

But Goehring’s Facebook post does not justify threats of personal attacks.

If you don’t like Goehring’s politics, don’t vote for him. Or send money to one of the other candidates. Or do both.

But everyone should immediately denounce and reject the use of threats of physical intimidation or harm against any candidate and his or her staff.

Nutjobbers exist on both ends of the political spectrum but we cannot allow them to co-opt civil discourse.

GOEHRING:  ATTACK ME, NOT MY STAFF
GOP Congressional Candidate Challenges Violent Detractors and Takes on Radical left smear machine

Stockton (CA) -Recently a message by Congressional Candidate Brad Goehring on his Facebook page was taken out of context. The message was simply a metaphor for this: radical leftists are waging war against the constitution, and conservatives need to take Congress back by defeating as many extreme socialists as possible on November 2nd. The hunting metaphor used was twisted completely by detractors including the liberal blog-machine.  The visceral attacks have been violent, racist, reckless and dangerous.
The level of systematic intimidation has gone to a new level with Goehring’s Campaign Manager David Creager having received death threats and threats of physical harm.
Brad Goehring has one message for all of them:  Attack me, not my staff.
“Enough is enough,” said Goehring. “Attack me, but on the issues.  This is one more example of radical progressives trying to silence dissent through intimidation. I am up for this fight and won’t back down because the future of our country is at stake. The far left in this country have gone too far once again.  They head right for the smear machine to intimidate conservatives into silence while they spend us into bankrupt socialism-like Greece and other European nations- and take away our freedoms.   Maybe it’s not politically correct but I won’t back down for calling for the defeat of as many liberals as possible on November 2nd and stopping their radical agenda.”
Goehring called out those left wing elements using the politics of personal destruction to protect their socialist agenda.
“I understand if people want to attack me.  I’m standing against the far left and they will do anything to keep dismantling our Constitution and capitalist system.  They threaten and intimidate by trying to label me a Nazi due to my namesake’s heritage. My father served in the Korean War, and his brothers all served in World War II. My Uncle was one of two survivors in his company in the Pacific,” Goehring said.
“They deserve better than having their name slandered because of their German descent, especially in light of their contributions to protecting our liberty and right to speak freely.  I know the radicals will continue to attack me because I am a threat to their big government socialist agenda.  I wear the smears and cheap shots of Daily Kos, Jerry McNerney, the leftist bloggers and Keith Olbermann as a badge of honor.”

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  • AJ

    Aiyaya!

  • Truthclubber

    Why are some so-called journalists willing to believe wholecloth what a politician and his PAID campaign lacke, er, manager are willing to put out there for public consumption without first vetting these so-called claims of threats for actual HARD evidence, like recorded voice mails, or letters, or e-mails?

    Could it be they need the ratings (and ad money) that repeating rumors in a scandal sheet fashion will bring them, more than they need accuracy in journalism?

    If I were at the desk at the so-called CoCo Times, and got this story, my two word response would be: Prove it (before I run it).

    I’m not in the tank for Harmer — but I AM in the tank for integrity in news reporting.

  • John W

    I agree with Truthclubber #2 above. If either Goehring or one of his staffers did receive such a threat, that’s despicable. However, if a claim from his campaign office is the only evidence, there is every reason to be highly skeptical. It’s the oldest trick in the book. If you’ve been called out for being naughty (for a not very funny herd thinning joke), go on the offensive and make up something that turns you (or your underling) into the victim. Little kids do it, and adults do it. Frankly, if somebody was going to make a threat, it seems unlikely that they would pick on a behind-the-scenes campaign manager. Glenn Beck has been called out recently by a comedian on the Daily Show for his constant Nazi analogies when talking about the Obama administration and Democrats. So, what does he do? He makes a speech to the NRA and demands that people stop calling HIM a Nazi.

  • Truthclubber

    Thanks, “John W” (whoever you are) — and apparently Lisa V has not read the commonsense “book” that you and I were schooled on (or has chosen to ignore for her own personal political agenda) as she merely parrots (ala scandal sheet fashion) this line of self-serving BS/propaganda spouted off by Goebbel, er, Goehring, who has already proven himself incapable of communicating in a “democratic way” (ala his Facebook quote which I paraphrase) to “kill all the liberals via hunting permits”).

    Lisa V, here’s a little “Bobby Flay throwdown” challenge: Have the cajones to publicly admit that you blew it big-time to “publish before proof” or publicly admit (through your abhorant silence on this issue) that you lack the journalistic integrity to continue publishing on a blog sponsored by a entity (the CoCo Times) claiming to be (in the spirit of Thomas Paine) a “newspaper”.

  • Lisa Vorderbrueggen

    Oh please. Do you have proof that Goehring is lying? Or that his staff is lying? If I waited until I had physical evidence to back up everything a candidate puts out during a campaign, this blog would be blank.

  • Elwood

    Re: #4

    You should learn how to spell cojones if you’re such an expert on them.

  • John W

    Lisa,

    Not saying it didn’t happen, and not saying there needs to be “smoking gun” evidence. If Team Goehering claims it happened, that’s newsworthy, whether it happened or not. That said, I’m skeptical. His over-the-top nutty rhetoric makes me even more skeptical. Frankly, as a McNerney supporter, I wish I wish I wish Goehring would win the primary. He’d be much easier to beat than Harmer.

  • Truthclubber

    Lisa V –

    It’s not MY job to dig out the proof — that’s YOUR job as a reporter (if that is really what you are).

    Brad Goehring is running for Federal office.

    If Brad Goehring’s staff had death threats made against them, he has an obligation to immediately report that to the proper law enforcement authorities (I would think in this case the FBI), not just a scandal sheet willing to parrot whatever he says as wholecloth truth.

    If he did report that, then you can rightfully demand the law enforcement contact information to independently corroborate that, and see just what evidence he claims exists of such threats.

    If he did not report that, then he can be accused of potentially obstructing the proper enforcement of Federal law by failing to report a crime (making death threats against a political candidate or his/her staff).

    Either way, if you put down your cutesy Flip HD and get on the phone, you’ll have your proof of one thing (an actual series of threats that law enforcement can verify) or another (an outright lie that now has him digging in even deeper into his foxhole) fairly fast.

    That is, if you care to actually do objective political reporting…if not, give this to Josh Richman or Steve Harmon — I’m sure they know how to dig for a story.

  • http://www.jerrymcnerney.gov DanvilleDemocrat

    Lisa,

    I agree that this story put out by the Goehring campaign requires a healthy dose of skepticism. Why didn’t the campaign worker report the threat to authorities? Where/When/How was the threat made? Who made the threat?

    All of these questions need answers, and I’d bet the Goehring camp ain’t willing to provide them.

  • Lisa Vorderbrueggen

    I gave this issue as much time and attention as it deserved, which was about 10 minutes. When McNerney’s office and Miller’s office and the other Dems whined about getting threatening and nasty phone calls from rightwingers after the healthcare legislation vote, I didn’t interrogate them as to the truthiness of their statements, either.

  • http://www.jerrymcnerney.gov DanvilleDemocrat

    I’m sorry, Goehring is clearly and rather transparently equating criticisms (from Daily Kos, MSNBC, etc.) of his offensive verbal gaffe with “death threats” received (and verifiably reported to authorities) by members of Congress, Democrat and Republican alike, during the healthcare reform debate.

    Again, where’s the evidence? It didn’t appear on the facebook.com page, that’s for sure. If you’re not going to put the effort into investigating these specious claims, and just shoot out a press release with pithy commentary, and, do us all a favor, call yourself a stenographer, not a reporter. Just because you sprinkle your reply with the Colbert-ism “truthiness” doesn’t improve the quality of your editorial judgment on this subject.

  • Lisa Vorderbrueggen

    Here you go: Stockton Police Report No. 10-20702.

    His campaign sent me JPGs of various images and copies of emails, but they are too foul and vulgar to post.