Opinion: Commissioner Sonya Fischer's emails are disturbing
On Jan. 11, Commissioner Mark Shull issued a statement to his board colleagues and county staff apologizing his for social media posts made prior to being elected to public office. The same day at 6:32 p.m., Commissioner Sonya Fischer sent an email on her county-issued email, to her private professional political strategists requesting advice on how to answer Mr. Shull's apology. A few suggestions she had: "I had no indication of your racist bigotry… I am literally in shock." One minute later at 6:33 p.m. Commissioner Fischer resent the email with the warning, "So sorry, please don't respond to this email for the official county email." She used her iPhone.
The next day at 10:49 a.m. on Jan. 12, Commissioner Fischer, although still in shock, responded to Commissioner Shull's statements. With a scolding tone, it starts: "I don't know how you will weather the storm. People are calling for you to resign, and I don't expect that the pressure will ease up anytime soon." Further lecturing included, "Personally, I was shocked at the Facebook posts" and "the depth of ignorance and hatred revealed in those public comments cannot simply be erased with one hastily drafted apology." Needless to say, no apology was bestowed by her.
Three days later the county commission unanimously censored Commissioner Shull and demanded his resignation. Taxpayer-paid Clackamas County department heads demanded his resignation. On Jan. 15, the public-employees union sent a letter demanding Commissioner Shull's resignation.
On Feb. 2, two weeks later, a whopping $10,000 was given to Commissioner Fischer by the same public employee union. And Commissioner Fischer has paid her private political strategy advisors $5,000 so far this year.
Is this a planned, coordinated and well-funded gaslighting effort by Commissioner Fischer, and any number of taxpayer-paid public employees to overturn an elected official because they don't like his politics? Commissioner Fischer, using her iPhone, coordinated strategy with a campaign advisory company concerning Commissioner Shull, and this communication needs to be public before the filing and gathering of signatures for a recall against Commissioner Shull.
Commissioner Fischer, you ended your email of Jan. 12 with (a) quote: "Keeping dialogue open and honest is the first step in moving forward." How about you coming clean? Perhaps then we will start to understand how and why this onslaught to unseat Mr. Shull really began.
Bill Wehr is a resident of Damascus. He gave this testimony to the Board of County Commissioners on April 22.
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