Christopher and Suphatra Rufo explain harassment that led to campaign termination

Update (Nov, 16): Christopher Rufo and his wife Suphatra have released new information about the harassment that led Rufo to end his campaign for city council in District 6.

Suphatra wrote a long post about the decision, which was shared on Rufo’s campaign Facebook page. In the post, she shared a bit of her background as an immigrant and her choice to move to Seattle a decade ago, “for its culture of diversity, inclusion, and economic opportunity.” She also describes encouraging her husband to run for city council, and the subsequent onslaught of negative messages they’ve received in the past two months.

“Since we launched the campaign, I have been harassed, cyberstalked, and intimidated. Activists in the housing and bike community have sent me messages saying that my husband is a white supremacist and sending us links to white supremacist sites. We have been called white nationalists, fascists, alt-right, and right-wing extremists.”

She said she received hundreds of messages from one individual, who sent her white supremacist content, and attempted to get her fired from her job. That person also posted on her son’s school Facebook page, which was subsequently deleted by the moderator.

“I’ve spoken with a police detective who has offered to help us determine whether or not the harassment meets a criminal threshold,” Suphatra writes.

The Rufos shared several screenshots of the online harassment with The Stranger‘s Katie Herzog (article here), and told her they would be meeting with an SPD investigator next week.

“Once our investigators have spoken to Mr. Rufo, we will evaluate the information and determine whether or not to move forward with a criminal investigation,” the SPD told The Stranger in a statement.

Original (Nov. 14): The man who planned to challenge Mike O’Brien in next year’s Seattle City Council election has announced the end of his campaign.

In an email to supporters, Christopher Rufo said he and his family have received countless messages of threats and harassment. The threats became too much, Rufo explained in an email to his Crowdpac supporters.

“I was prepared to take the heat, but unfortunately, they have focused their hatred on my wife and children,” Rufo said in his email.

He continues:

They’ve made vile racist attacks against my wife, attempted to get her fired from Microsoft, and threatened sexual violence. They’ve even posted hateful comments on our 8-year-old son’s school Facebook page. I know that as the race progresses, the activists will ratchet up their hate-machine and these attacks will intensify significantly.

Rufo, who announced his campaign in September, has been vocal about his plan to take on homelessness as a city councilmember. His December 6 event to speak about his research on Seattle homelessness has also been cancelled.

I feel deeply disappointed about this turn of events and hope that I have not disappointed you, too. I’ve been overwhelmed by the support, love, and passion from hundreds of people all over the Puget Sound. I know in my heart that our cause is just and our ideas would make Seattle a better place. But my primary responsibility is to make sure my family is healthy, happy, and safe. That’s not possible in our current political climate, which has been overtaken by polarization and the ever-present threat of violence.

Rufo said he plans to spend the next few months writing about his experience in a series of essays — “Since I announced my campaign, I’ve learned that our problem here in Seattle is much deeper than the city council’s policies — we have created a culture of intolerance that is deeply destructive to the common good.”

Since the launch of his campaign, Rufo’s Crowdpac campaign has raised $12,760 of his $15,000 goal. Rufo says he plans to refund all of his donors, and will personally cover all costs of the campaign.

My Ballard has reached out to Rufo, who confirmed his withdrawal.

 


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Alias Smith and Wesson
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Alias Smith and Wesson

The Hobo Industrial Complex takes no prisoners.

Guest
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Candidate or not, hope he shares the emails with Seattle PD and let them determine if charges are warranted.

Chris
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Chris

Very cool that in an article about a candidate dropping out for receiving abuse, you are on here encouraging people to write to the current elected official to “tell him how awful he is.”

doogie
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doogie

The SPD, should they want to do any investigating, probably should go through the Sept. 22 and Oct. 2 MyBallard posts on Rufo.
They might be able to ID an few of our fine SJW commenters (with the help of the site operators) and cross reference that with data from the other threats.

call it like it is
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call it like it is

do you have a link to those posts? i searched through all articles back past each of those dates and found no posts on rufo, so wasn’t able to see any comments either.

doogie
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doogie

Go to the home page and find the Search function; scroll down, look on the right hand side just above “Follow My Ballard”.
Search on “Rufo”.

Andrew Hodges
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Andrew Hodges

Too bad, imagine the wonderful things that Charles and the other writers at The Stranger would have said about this guy come around March or April? I mean if they claim Cliff Mass is nearly a Nazi for not following SJW climate science as opposed to what real scientists say just think about holding the City accountable for how it spends money on heroin addicts?

Insanity
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Insanity

You know even the cosa nostra is civilized and respectful enough not to mess with someones family. Absolutely amazed at the amount of low life, drooling POS’s out there calling themselves “liberals”. Not one of you GD morons would have the guts to have a discussion with Mr. Rufo or listen to his views without your mob in tow to shout him down and threaten his family. You must be so proud of yourself Seattle, well done.

ballard1919
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ballard1919

Well said thank you. Seattle has degenerated badly.

ballard1818
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ballard1818

Maybe it’s time you go somewhere that suits you…..

Insanity
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Insanity

I did, I just commute to this once fine town to keep the evil Ballard waterfront bringing in revenue for all your SJW programs that are obviously working so well and as intended.

Winston Rockwell
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Winston Rockwell

Ah, yes… they good old liberal fall-back, trying to run anyone who’s different out of town. Maybe it’s time you leftist bigots learned some civility and tolerance for other ideas. You don’t have a monopoly on solutions, you know, and yours aren’t the only ways of seeing and doing things. Take off the ideological blinders, and try actually considering other viewpoints for a change… you might even learn something!

Just me
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Just me

Who are you to make that comment.

justme
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justme

“allegedly” degenerated badly.

Lampchop
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Lampchop

Apparently you know nothing about the cosa nostra other than from Tv and movies.

Insanity
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Insanity

Obviously.

ballardturningtoshite
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ballardturningtoshite

Homeless > Taxpayers Something has to change.

CHRIS
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CHRIS

Identity Politics in Seattle is strong. Black trans-gender confused child molesting drug addict homeless stealing perp with and RV and no license is at the top of pecking order. White property owning christian heterosexual male police officers are the scum that oppresses are at the bottom. Any Questions? If so GFY, cause antifa pansies will come after your pets, children, and wives you cisgender. That is Seattle with some techies and couple bannana stands mixed in. This place sucks now.

Jim E
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Jim E

Strong feelings ????

hayduke
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hayduke

These are the “progressives” for you. All about women and people of color. Unless, of course, you don’t subscribe to their ideology and threaten their power and control.

We need to crush these creeps next November and make them pay for all they’ve done.

Christopher Rufo
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Christopher Rufo

Why do you think it was progressives? It was the same Trump whiners that don’t want any money spent on solutions for homelessness.

Seattle Lawyer
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Seattle Lawyer

Do not use a real person’s name as your account name. That is identity theft and defamation and it is illegal.

Edgar Allen Poe
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Edgar Allen Poe

Don’t pretend to be a lawyer when you don’t know how the law works.

Clarence Darrow
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Clarence Darrow

Please cite the statute or the court case that putting a fake name in a comment board is identity theft. Thanks

Seattle Lawyer
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Seattle Lawyer

All of them

Barry Switzer
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Barry Switzer

The “Lawyer” is gone. GO SOONERS!

hayduke
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hayduke

Yeah, the people who don’t want the city to blow more of our money on their failed solutions went after Chris Rufo and his family, instead of Mike O’Brien. Got any more loony sh-t to say, “Christopher?”

Adam Thomas Huddleston
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Adam Thomas Huddleston

Um…you’ve already disproven yourself.

JenMoon
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JenMoon

What do you have against women and people of color? :O

Jen
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Jen

Have you ever actually met a progressive? I’m one and don’t know of anyone who would support the white supremacist victimizing the candidate’s family as described in the post. “Make them pay?” It seems you support the inflammatory behavior described in the article. Hold yourself accountable for your own behavior when criticizing the behavior of others.

Amber Krabach
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Amber Krabach

Heartbreaking.

Leftists are using brown-shirt, Nazi tactics to suppress opposition now?

And the SCC says nothing?

I want to hear Sawant say it publicly herself…”These tactics and this behavior is unacceptable. I apologize for any part I may have had in inciting this kind of response, and I condemn the way Rufo and his family were treated in the strongest terms possible.”

Let’s hear it folks…

Christopher Rufo
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Christopher Rufo

Why do you think is was leftists? That’s a big assumption to make. I mean, I get that it’s a struggle for you Trump fans in this town, so you have to blame everything one everyone else, but geeze.

Seattle Lawyer
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Seattle Lawyer

Do not use a real person’s name as your username when you are not that person. That is identity theft and defamation and it is illegal.

Seattle Lawyer
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Seattle Lawyer

Agreed

Seattle Lawyer
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Seattle Lawyer

Disagreed

Seattle Lawyer Christopher Ruffo
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Seattle Lawyer Christopher Ruffo

Thanks for the lecture fake lawyer.

guest
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guest

Please cite the statute or court case that says that someone putting a fake name on a comment board is identity theft. Thanks

guest
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guest

O’Brien condemned the attacks on Facebook. (see his FB page, or the District 6 FB page (a commenter linked to it).

2Crows
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2Crows

Can we also talk about the amount of threats and harassment Mike’s been getting for the last couple of years?

Simon Says
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Simon Says

Someone made racist comments about Mike and his wife?

2Crows
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2Crows

Is that the only kind of threats and harassment that exist?

Simon Says
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Simon Says

Answer my question.

2Crows
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2Crows

Your question is irrelevant to what I said, so, no.

Simon Says
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Simon Says

So your answer is no, no racist attacks against Mike O Brien and his wife who didn’t pay her employees and broke labor laws while manufacturing culturally appropriated kimchee.

2Crows
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2Crows

Harassment and threats don’t have to be racist in nature in order to exist.

Christopher Rufo
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Christopher Rufo

No. Because then we can’t blame leftists. It’s important to have someone to blame for the lack of civility that isn’t us.

Seattle Lawyer
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Seattle Lawyer

Do not use a real person’s name as your username when you are not that person. That is identity theft and defamation and it is illegal.

Seattle Lawyer
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Seattle Lawyer

Agreed

Cat Lady Logic
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Cat Lady Logic

Hey, I’ll bite: O’Brien HAS RUINED BALLARD while Rufo was RUNNING FOR OFFICE.
I don’t recall Rufo causing harm to my neighbors’ businesses as a result of his decisions, unlike Mike “Kayak Soyboy” O’Brien.
Threats and violence ARE UNACCEPTABLE which is why—wait for it, Genius…

WE SHOULDN’T TOLERATE VIOLENCE FROM THE SCUMF*CKS WHO HAVE TAKEN OVER THE PARKS AND STREETS. Clear now?

If someone ends up causing my loved ones to be endangered AT MY TAX EXPENSE I’m not gonna worry too much about that person’s personal safety, because – now think really hard here, Genius- people like O’Brien don’t care about mine.

2Crows
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2Crows

“Soyboy”. Okay, now I know how seriously to take you.

Cat Lady Logic
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Cat Lady Logic

Yep, and there we have the liberal brilliance on full display. Go polish your kayak and do some recycling and ignore the trash and crap everywhere.

2Crows
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2Crows

The answer is “none.” None serious.

Cat Lady Logic
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Cat Lady Logic

Not an argument, Skippy, and typical passive aggressive tactics to dismiss and ignore things. Keep stuffing those syringes in your ears.

2Crows
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2Crows

You’re precious.

Cat Lady Logic
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Cat Lady Logic

Sadly, I’m not nearly as precious to City Hall, or to condescendingly smug liberals like yourself, as our feral criminal campers.

2Crows
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2Crows

Bless your heart.

Elizabeth Campbell
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Elizabeth Campbell

The leaders of Ballard ruined Ballard. There is a decades long history of Ballard business and community leaders collaborating with the City to create a homeless overlay district out of Ballard’s core.

Greg
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Greg

This is unbelievable and such a shame.

Cat Lady Logic
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Cat Lady Logic

Ah good. This morning we got to enjoy to screaming hobo junkies having their domestic problems out in public on Market Street (ah Holiday Magic!), and reports from neighbors of screaming (louder than usual, if that’s possible!) all night around Commons Park. Seattle is now an open-air jail. Nicely done, Libtards!

Hey, enjoy this one:

The lady who crapped in the planter boxes (removed at large taxpayer expense, naturally) in Lake City was given a free apartment for with her “boyfriend” (who uses these terms over age 35, really?) despite violating policy of housing facility and putting them ahead of others on the list. Long story short, 10 days into their free gimme gimmes they had a big domestic dispute and Romeo is in jail. Seattle just burns money on these losers and ruins our neighborhoods. PATHETIC

https://komonews.com/news/local/half-of-homeless-couple-who-just-received-public-lake-city-housing-now-faces-eviction

Andrew Hodges
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Andrew Hodges

I’m sorry that you aren’t enjoying our “world class city” but pay some more in taxes, okay?

JenMoon
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JenMoon

Do you feel like calling folx Libtards is useful to the conversation? Or are you just venting?

Ray M
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Ray M

They piss and crap in my yard too. What to do about it?

Done
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Done

We are selling our house in Ballard and moving. This city is insane.

call it like it is
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call it like it is

bye felicia

chris lewis
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chris lewis

When my remodel is over, I am too. The idiots from the right and the left have made the middle impossible to hold onto. This guy was a breath of fresh air.

Cat Lady Logic
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Cat Lady Logic

Out of curiosity, what “idiots on the right” have any sway in Seattle? This shitshow is all Chicago, LA, New Orleans, Baltimore, etc playbook. Blue City 101 all the way

Insanity
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Insanity

What took you so long? Move north 25 miles, we have room for you and you’ll like the clean streets, good schools, fair taxes and nobody camping in your ally. Oh and if there is riff raff, the cops come when you call them and do something, crazy huh?

Done
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Done

Good question. I have family in Ballard and wanted to stay near. But it’s just gotten too bad.

And the sad part is it is all preventable with a little enforcement and good laws. All preventable.

JenMoon
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JenMoon

How? I mean, we have enforcement but there are so many people who lost homes and money due to how quickly we grew that neither enforcement nor the city could see it coming or keep up. What would you change? What can we change now?

Homeless Fiasco
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Homeless Fiasco

Are those the ones throwing tires around on Market Street, or pooping in planter boxes, or committing acts of domestic violence? Those people, who lost homes due to rapid growth? Not to, you know, maybe being criminals and idiots? Easier to just say ‘we grew and they didn’t grow with us’? Guess what? That’s called an unsuccessful transition into adulthood. Looks like lots of your friends in the Ballard Commons didn’t pull off that transition. But, go ahead, call it ‘growth and money’ if you like.

Wallbanger
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Wallbanger

The only thing I would change is you and your attitude that you are special and somehow are too stupid to see what these junkies are doing to this town

Done
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Done

I think this is a fair question.

Other cities have also had massive growth in property values. Take Boston for example. Nearly zero homeless on the street in Cambridge, How do they do it? It’s illegal to camp, and illegal to park an RV on city streets. If you do so, you are arrested and all of your belongings are confiscated. This quickly moves people out of Cambridge.

But then, Massachusetts has a lot more tax revenue, and a lot more cops.

And citizens that care about their surroundings.

😃
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😃

Continental prove of human stupidity

guesty
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guesty

wow, too bad. the SJW have used some seriously low tactics, but this is really bad even for them.

why anyone is so interested in pandering to bums i have no idea…

Insanity
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Insanity

Just curious about how many of you self proclaimed social workers and SJW types have included the Ballard homeless on your Thanksgiving invitations for dinner? Work at a shelter for the day, serve food to the needy? They aren’t all junkies and criminals right, come on I know Afro man has to be on somebody’s list… Anyone, hello?

Insanity
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Insanity

Or maybe you donated whatever crap can goods out of your cupboard that you wouldn’t feed your family. Whatever let’s you sleep at night, oh wait you can’t sleep no matter how righteous you are cause the friggen bums and junkies are up all night screaming.

Yeah, that’s what I thought.

2Crows
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2Crows

Well, I know “Afro man”, as you called him, by name. I also know the names of each of the 16 people that have died on the streets in our neighborhood this year. I’ve spent time with each of them, trying to help them, as well as the many who are still on our streets right now. And, yes, I also volunteer to feed the people on the street in our neighborhood. Yes, there are a few junkies and scumbags that make it suck for everyone else. But there are good people on the streets here in Ballard, people who deserve more than the commentators on myballard.com are ever willing to give them. How about you? What have you done to help these folks?

Guesty
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Guesty

So you’re saying Afro man is a good guy? He’s a drug dealer…..

2Crows
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2Crows

I didn’t say anything about judging him.

Wallbanger
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Wallbanger

I’m judging. Drug dealers are bad. Anyone who says otherwise is an idiot

Uff da
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Uff da

How long has this guy been homeless (years?), and has he made any effort to accept help and get into housing? Doesn’t he have 2 or 3 cars parked around the Commons and the Library that have been ticketed multiple times?

2Crows
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2Crows

The guy has serious PTSD issues from the Vietnam war. I have no idea what he went through, but whatever it was wrecked him pretty good.

Wallbanger
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Wallbanger

Why don’t you move to the streets and help them? Maybe you should donate more money and more time. I don’t think you’re doing enough 2crows. You should do so much more…especially since Afroman knows you so well and really cares about you and not heroin and booze.

Sorry Not Sorry
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Sorry Not Sorry

So we’re just supposed to say, “Thank you for your service, now please sell drugs, facilitate crime and break lots of parking rules?” Sorry. Either avail yourself of the many benefits rightfully accruing to vets or go f*ck up some other town.

Insanity
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Insanity

How about you? What have you done to help these folks?

Not a GD thing, just like the city of Seattle!

Road to Hell is Paved with Social Justice Warriors
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Road to Hell is Paved with Social Justice Warriors

Here’s your virtue medal. The rest of us would like a safe, clean neighborhood. As far as “not judging”: your passive aggressive idiocy has contributed to the overall decline in public safety this city is currently living under. Hope your “Masters in Social Work” is paying off. The rest of us have to deal with the UN-VOTED DECISIONS of this army of overpaid Leftist bureaucrats.

Jim Morrison
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Jim Morrison

Didn’t one of our founding fathers say that they pledged to one another their lives their fortunes and their sacred honor? Early Christians died for their faith. And people are doing so now around the world. Has it come to that now when we stand up for what is right in our own hometowns?

Independent Voter
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Independent Voter

Lies, slander, threats, violence, are about all the Democrats have “left” to work with.

Cat
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Cat

Lol. You just described the entire tRump presidency.

Just Me
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Just Me

It’s sad that this individual feels he and is family are threatened to the point of withdrawing from the race. The police should search, identify, and prosecute these individuals. Shame on those who threatened him and his family. Do we live in an age where you win by bulling the contenders or the legal authorities find you and prosecute you for your threats. Sad, sad day. Some may think this is the O’Brien supporters…. I sincerely hope not. I highly encourage you to step back into the race and demand the City of Seattle Police Force intervene and allow you to run for office as every citizen should be allowed to do without persecution.

And for the record, Mike O’Brien’s name is not Mike O’Brine as listed many time in post prior to mine. So don’t be confused. O’Brine may or may not be O’Brien posting.

No Way Jose
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No Way Jose

What if it was O’Brine and his clan that were doing all of the harassing? Maybe that’s what politics has come to these days? Warfare.

O'Brine NOT O'Brien
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O'Brine NOT O'Brien

Vote for me if you’re homeless

Cynthia Hernandez
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Cynthia Hernandez

Truly sad. No one deserves this. And the comments are equally depressing. WTF is wrong with people!?

good morning
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good morning

This was an atypical campaign for public office. Good luck to this guy in his future endeavors. Understand that he did not have any new ideas on how to approach community issues. His “policy paper” was an opinion piece written for a particular internet audience. His research is more precisely described as reviews of articles written with a skewed political agenda. He does not seem to be informed by the history of public health policy in King County and Washington State. I encourage him to become acquainted with the myriad of services and and variety of providers in King County besides SHARE-WHEEL.

other than that LOLOLOLOLOLOLOL so long Chris – back to the drawing board – gotta find a new way to make your money.

Mike
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Mike

The libtard progressive activist way is to threaten, harass, etc. You gotta go low to get low. Sad state of affairs in Ballard. Libtards are like the Nazi Brown Shirts, they walk the same street but on opposite sides. One group strong arms and the other goes after your brain. MOB cretins behind this obviously. Probably led by the bike Nazi’s from Magnusson Park. Watched nine woman at volunteer park last month doing Yoga in front of Art Museum. Two of their vehicles were adorned by Cascade bike club stickers, yet when they were through working out they left parking lot in 8 separate vehicles with only one vehicle with two women in it. I guess we need more bike lanes to allow these women to commute in environmentally correct mode of transportation.

Christopher Rufo
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Christopher Rufo

Wow, you conservatives sure have crazy conspiracy theories! Personally I doubt there was harassment and if there was, it was a conservative behind it, totally their type of tactics.

Anti-Mob Squad
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Anti-Mob Squad

Ahh good, our descent into an urban hellscape under the inept rule of far-left demagogues like Michael O’Brien can continue unabated now.

Oh, and as for the whole “don’t call us a mob” shtick…you are a mob, you ridiculous an-com scumbags. Get out of your parent’s basement and get a job. Maybe then you’ll understand the anger of taxpayers as their income dwindles away while more and more junkies flood the streets.

Ken
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Ken

I bet Mike O’Brien and his family gets 10x as many threats as this guy.

Maybe 50x as there is incredible disdain for him from people who feel he somehow ruined their lives.

I give him much credit for continuing to do his job (as he sees fit) w/o caving to the nut-jobs, many of whom comment here frequently

Jeff Gordon
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Jeff Gordon

Alright end of story. this guy made up some numbers. Mike is the victim!

Ken
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Ken

Do you really believe Mike O’Brien does not get threatened? Those dopey fishermen had no issues going after him or his wife.

Could you be more delusional?

Jeff Gordon
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Jeff Gordon

“I bet Mike O’Brien and his family gets 10x as many threats as this guy.

Maybe 50x…”

No I think you pulled numbers out of your ass

Ken
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Ken

Of course I pulled numbers out of my ass. Did you think I conducted a bunch of research to draw such conclusions? That would be rather dense.

Every forum related to Seattle sees bitching about MOB. Some radio jockeys make a living trying to put him down. The guy has certainly had countless threats. 50x is more likely an underestimate.

Chris Rufo is clearly very thin-skinned and would not have solved one iota of crime, homelessness, etc.

Wallbanger
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Wallbanger

You really should shut your mouth when you speak. You know nothing

Insanity
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Insanity

Harassing an 8-year old and making sexual and racial comments to the man’s spouse? You’re no better than the POS’s that you are so concerned about, in fact worse.

Winston Rockwell
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Winston Rockwell

Why does this not surprise me? Seattle “progressives” have time and again proven their vaunted “tolerance and inclusiveness” do NOT extend to any opposing viewpoints, and their vitriolic hate for anyone who dares speak against them is well-known. This is the culture of hate the democrats have created in this country, and it’s sad to see how low Seattle has sunk into the cesspool of leftist politics. It used to be a much more tolerant city till the democrats turned it into a bastion of liberal hate. The real shame is that there’s no effective way to identify the terrorists who threatened Rufo and his family, so they could be criminally prosecuted and jailed as they deserve. Welcome to the democrats’ version of America… (sigh).

Christopher Rufo
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Christopher Rufo

Why do you think progressives had anything to do with it? And do you know for a fact that harassment actually took place?

Jeff Gordon
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Jeff Gordon

If it was a woman, you would say BELIEVE HER! But a somewhat conservative guy, I need evidence!

Christopher Rufo
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Christopher Rufo

Good story bro.

Dan
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Dan

Something feels really fishy about this whole thing. A one-issue right winger says they are going to run for the seat in a big announcement, hyping their homeless plan. Only a week later they pull out, claiming harassment, and blaming it on activists in their announcement.

I have so many questions. Did a conservative like Rufo ever think they had a chance of winning an election in liberal Ballard? Was he actually harassed, is there any proof of it? Why did he blame activists? Does he know who actually harassed him? And where did all the conservative sock puppets come from on here that are posting under fake names and upvoting each other’s accounts? Or is it just one dedicated Trumper with too much time on their hands in their mom’s basement creating all these fake profiles?

It feels like a PR stunt to give attention to his homeless plan and trash homeless activists. Would anyone have read Rufo’s homeless plan if he hadn’t announced he was running for office? I sure wouldn’t have.

Skip
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Skip

If you don’t want hobos and trash and drug addicts on every block, that makes you a right-winger?

Dan
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Dan

No, Rufo wrote for the right wing National Review and worked for the conservative Discovery Institute, that’s what makes him a right winger.

Jeff Gordon
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Jeff Gordon

Believe him!

Skip
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Skip

But he still wanted hobos and trash and drug addicts out of here. I WILL WRITE FOR THE NATIONAL REVIEW if that happens.

Dan
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Dan

No one wants trash on our streets and everyone wants the homeless problem solved. Right, left and center, we are all on the same side on these issues, we just differ on the solutions.

Wallbanger
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Wallbanger

Jail. Like the rest of us when we break the law. That’s the solution

Dan Halligan
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Dan Halligan

Jail is a super expensive solution and pretty questionable. If that’s the best you got, you need to do more research.

Jeff Gordon
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Jeff Gordon

I absolutely do not beiieve this.

Woke William
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Woke William

“Was he actually harassed, is there any proof of it?”

Isn’t an accusation of racism enough?

Lampchop
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Lampchop

Accusations are never enough.

Buckywunder
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Buckywunder

You’re right, Dan. Fishy as h*ll. Rufo wasn’t harassed — he was *challenged*. He’s a proto-fascist, think-tank protege (by the way, he also writes for/hangs around the Manhattan Institute) and was told in no uncertain terms that people would fight him and his hate-filled mob (who overlap heavily with Safe Seattle and Speak-Out Seattle) who are escalating the rhetoric to such a degree that somebody was shot over the issue. I have knowledge of most of what went down. Conservatives and their anti-homeless lackeys are busy using local media to harness the frustration over the visible and intractable problem of lack of housing, not mention build on the momentum of the collapse of the employee head-tax to attack the Seattle City Council (for instance, Rob Johnson is already standing down). And with the announcement of his campaign, the very public challenges in real life and on social media, some things happened, words were said and it escalated from there. Believe me there are no innocent “victims” here. The fact that they’ve contacted SPD over this is a cruel joke. Let’s see how Rich Smith at The Stranger follows this up and sends these not ready for prime-time players to the… Read more »

Jeff Gordon
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Jeff Gordon

More buzzwords please.

Elmer Gantry
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Elmer Gantry

Rich Smith? I just spat out my coffee.

Phil Lane
Guest
Phil Lane

Chris I am so very sorry to hear of all your troubles. The low life’s that harassed you and your family disgrace all those who fought for this country in support of Democracy.