Over at TheLiberalOC.com, Dan Chmielewski tries to find out if Anaheim H.O.M.E. – for which Anaheim wackjob William Fitzgerald identifies himself as the spokesman — exists any longer:
Anaheim gadfly William Denis Fitzgerlad, who went on a homophobic and anti-Semitic rant at a recent Anaheim City Council meeting, made OC Weekly’s “Scariest People” list along with Anaheim council member Kris Murray, Angels owner Arte Moreno, and Anaheim blogger Matt Cunningham. And while his selection is easily observed, what’s not so clear is the organization he represents.
Anaheim H.O.M.E. is described as a non-profit organization or a government watchdog group. Fitzgerald himself described the organization as a former PAC. There is no website for the organization. There is no phone number. No address. There is no list of “directors” that Fitzgerald says he is a spokesman for or speaks at the direction of. And there is no listing for this organization that we could find on the California Secretary of State’s page. Is it just Fitzgerald? He won’t say.
You can read the rest of Dan’s post here.
Fitzgerald always talks about “we at Anaheim H.O.M.E.”…but perhaps it is the voices in his head. Complete nut.
I know that Fitzgerald has said some pretty mean and hateful things, he’s said them to me, too, but can we leave the poor man alone? What he says is indeed inappropriate, it is mean-spirited and hurtful, but he is clearly not well. Would we berate a person with cancer for having symptoms of cancer? No we would not. Fitzgerald’s behavior is symptomatic of a person who is ill. Let’s leave the man alone. It is not newsworthy, it is in fact, very, very, sad.
Mental illness is a debilitating and horrible disease, its not something to poke fun at or to mock. If you know someone who is mentally ill, I mean really, really sick, then you know their families suffer along side them. It’s heartbreaking, tragic and painful for all who love them, especially because in most cases, the person doesn’t accept or acknowledge they are sick.
I don’t like what he says either, but the man is sick. Let’s have a heart.
Diane, Mr. Fitzgerald is NOT ill (or mentally ill). Mr. Fitzgerald is however mentally incompetent. There is a difference that being that he is not qualified to speak on these subjects. Mr. Fitzgerald said almost equally bad things to Council Member Lorri Galloway and he was allowed to make a fool of himself so that others may learn how not to act. Mr. Fitzgerald gives free hamburgers to mentally challenged elderly men each Thursday at a fast food place on Lincoln Ave. and that consists of his board of directors so he is sort of telling the truth about his organization!
Great post and thanks for providing the link. The comments section to that article are really telling. The ‘gadflies’ come out of the woodwork to comment and criticize a solid bit of questioning. Seems they are in a rush to paper over anything or one that shines a light on Tait’s inability to lead which really cracks me up.
On that front, objectively, what demonstrations of true leadership have any of them seen from Tait? Not from his assistant but from him, himself. If this Fitz guy is claiming him as a friend, what has Tait done by means of showing what he stands for?