Statement Condemning Comments Made by Villa Park Councilwoman Deborah Pauly
The Democratic Party of Orange County (DPOC) strongly condemns the venomous words and threats spoken on 2/13/11 by Villa Park Councilwoman Deborah Pauly, at a rally protesting an ICNA relief event in Yorba Linda. Ms. Pauly also serves as the First Vice President of the Orange County Republican Party.
Councilwoman Pauly characterized the event and those who attended (some with small children) as “sheer, unadulterated evil.” She further threatened the attendees by stating that her US Marine Corps son and other Marines would be willing to “help those terrorists to an early meeting in Paradise.”
The foundation of our democracy lies in the people’s freedom of speech and certainly Ms. Pauly’s reprehensible remarks are included in those rights.
However, the Constitution also provides the right of people to peacefully assemble without threat or intimidation by the government. The Constitution also provides the right of people to exercise their religion without interference by the government by threat or intimidation.
Ms. Pauly was allowed to speak at the rally only because of her official position as an elected councilwoman and as an officer of the Republican Party. So her comments were more than rhetoric by a mere person who chose to inflame and to incite.
As an elected official, Councilwoman Deborah Pauley acted under the color of State law to threaten and intimidate citizens who have constitutional rights, privileges and immunities of assembly and religion. Her actions constitute a misuse of authority and maybe a violation of both federal and state law.
The Democratic Party of Orange County (DPOC) calls upon Councilwoman Pauly to apologize and to retract her threats and for the Orange County Republican Party to publicly state that it does not support anyone who makes such threats.
Please note that the Democratic Party of Orange County (DPOC) is preparing a complaint to be filed with the Federal Bureau of Investigations regarding Councilwoman Pauly’s violation of the attendees constitutional rights under the color of law/authority.
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Second Monday of each month: Executive Committee Meeting is held at the DPOC Office, 201 N. Main Street, Mezzanine Level, Santa Ana at 7 pm.
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