Allen Payton of the Antioch Herald put out a disgusting racially driven hit piece the other day trashing many candidates in Antioch. His observations are off base, rude, and an immediate retraction and apology should be issued.
If I am a candidate, I request my ad be pulled immediately and request a full refund while publicly denouncing the article, the paper, and the publisher. If I am a candidate who was not slammed in the article, I also do the same for moral reasons as that type of rhetoric should not be tolerated.
A paper shouldn’t accept money from a candidate only to slam them and make fun of them right before an election. If Mr. Payton does this to one paying customer, it means he will only do it again.
(Allen Payton in the center with Democrats Jim Frazier and Jerry McNerney)
For starters, the “observation” that he claims is that the Democratic Party only endorsed candidates because they are of a minority is false. If he is so focused on the Antioch races as he claims, why did he throw in the College Board race with the endorsement of De’Shawn Woolridge? That District stretches across Contra Costa County.
Since he did that, he would also have to include State and Congressional races where the Democrats have endorsed Jerry McNerney (US Congress) Mark DeSaulnier (State Senate), and Jim Frazier (State Assembly)—all whom are white. Mr. Payton doesn’t get to pick and choose what races apply to Antioch and what doesn’t.
The point is, Mr. Payton made a racist statement by using the word “observation” when many can turn this around on Mr. Payton and accuse him of supporting only “white candidates” such as Gary Agopian (Mayor), Mark Meuser (State Senate), and Mike Hudson (State Assembly). This is how stupid his observation is!
Moving on, he questions the endorsement of De’Shawn Woolridge suggesting he only received it because he is a minority. First off, Daniel Borsuk and Greg Enholm are not any more experienced than Woolridge.
Payton then moves on to a second attack De’Shawn Woolridge accusing him of using the word “honesty”. First off, Mr. Payton is not one who should be pointing fingers at others considering his checkered past, but I shall digress.
But since Mr. Payton wants to bring up experience, here is a list of what Mr. Woolridge has done:
- Contra Costa County Economic Opportunity Council Member (Current)
- City of Pittsburg Community Advisory Commission Chairman (Current)
- City of Pittsburg Community Development Block Grant Sub Committee Member (Current)
- Pittsburg Unified School District Bond Oversight Committee Vice-Chair (Current)
- Contra Costa County Library Commissioner, 2011
- Pittsburg Unified School District School Naming Committee Member, 2011
- Black Caucus of the California Community Colleges President, 2011
- Los Medanos College Associated Student (LMCAS) President, 2009-2010
- Los Medanos College Shared Governance Council Student Rep, 2009-2010
- Community College District Governance Council Student Rep and Constituency Speaker, 2009-2010
- Student Senate for California Community Colleges, Region III Chair, 2009-2010 and 2011
- Pittsburg Unified School District Student Attendance Review Board Member 2008-2011
- Los Medanos College Associated Student (LMCAS) Vice-President of Finance, 2008
- Los Medanos College Technology Advisory Group Student Representative, 2008
In comparing resumes of Woolridge to Ricky Gill, I’d say Woolridge is more qualified to run for Congress than Ricky Gill. After all, Woolridge has 3 jobs (1 full-time, 2 part-time) while according to the San Francisco Chronicle Mr. Gill has never held a full time job. It’s hypocritical to go after Woolridge on experience who is running for the College Board and give a guy with the word “republican” next to his name running for Congress a pass.
Payton then attacks Woolridge for using a graphic on his personal Facebook page of his role models by calling it “over the top”. First off, its Mr. Woolridge role models and people he strives to be like (Martin Luther King and Barack Obama). Who the hell does Allen Payton think he is? This is a personal choice which given Paytons history, he has made some pretty poor personal choices and has no room to talk.
Payton then attacks Woolridge over LMC website providing an article written two years ago on Woolridge that was recently updated because he graduated. This is a non-issue and it simply just goes with the Woolridge bashing theme of the article.
Finally, Payton sinks to a new low by going “birther” on Woolridge by suggesting he show his birth certificate to prove where he lives. This goes to show you Mr. Payton has no class at all.
Sticking with the race theme, Mr. Payton then goes after Noel Pinto for accepting an endorsement of Willie Brown—could it be because Mr. Brown is African American? It’s a single endorsement, not the end of the world. Should I bash Mr. Payton for his endorsement of AD-11 candidate Mike Hudson who voted himself a 118% pay raise as one of his first actions as on the Suisun City Council? So much for being Conservative right Allen? By the way, Mike Hudson is white so of course Payton backs him.
Moving on, Mr. Payton bashes one of Charlene Earley’s students for writing about Walter Ruehlig in the new Delta Living Magazine accusing Mr. Ruehlig of free Press just in time before an election. Does this make Mr. Payton feel like a tough guy picking on a kid trying to learn the ropes of Journalism? For the record, so what, the article was fair and focused more on volunteering than anything else. This is nit-picky and Mr. Payton can now feel better about himself picking on a teenager. For the record, the teenager who wrote the story put out something better than Mr. Payton has ever written in that rag of a newspaper.
Then there of course is the Monica Wilson and Noel Pinto comments of how they work outside of Antioch and cant invest time in the community during the day while giving James Davis (white) a pass. This is poor rhetoric by Payton because how does he know Ms. Wilson or Mr. Pinto can’t make meetings that are not even scheduled yet but gives a pass to the “white guy”. You can’t bash someone if the situation has never come up before. For the record, I’ve spoken to both Wilson and Pinto months ago in the past and both will make it work just as Davis has in the past.
As for his cheap shot of claiming Ms. Wilson’s great accomplishment is helping with City clean ups, so what? Does Mr. Payton drive around with his eyes closed? Antioch is in need of neighborhood cleanups. I don’t see him getting his hands dirty, kudos to Ms. Wilson and others for cleaning up the neighborhoods and volunteering their time. If anything, it shows nothing is below her and will do her part to clean up Antioch starting with the trash.
I’d like to apply this same question to Mr. Payton on his blind support of Republican Ricky Gill who doesn’t even serve on any committee but feels like he is qualified to run for Congress. Given that Monica Wilson and Noel Pinto have busted their butts to get where they are in their careers, that makes them more qualified than Ricky Gill to run for Congress. By the way, has Ricky Gill helped on any of Antioch’s clean ups? Didn’t think so!
In closing, as you can see Mr. Payton is nothing more than a hypocrite supporting mostly white candidates who are Republican. The best way to handle someone like this is to stop advertising and stop reading his rag of a paper/website.
Mr. Payton needs to issue an immediate retraction and an apology for playing the race card while putting out such a reckless piece. His observations are proof the guy has no class and puts Republican before anything else.
Ultimately, politics is about ideas and not race or sex. Candidates are picked on their beliefs and what they hope to achieve. Its wrong for Mr. Payton to put out a piece such as the one he did which highlights what is wrong with the Republican Party.