Hayashi: ‘I Take Full Personal Responsibility For My Actions’

Jan. 9, 2012 | Sounding resolute, but magnanimous, Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi made her first public statement Monday regarding her guilty plea last week on a misdemenanor shoplifting charge.

“I accept responsibility and I offer apologies, not excuses,” Hayashi said in a written statement reported by the Sacramento Bee.

Although, Hayashi references her benign brain tumor in the statement, she includes no new information about her current health. She maintains the growth had a hand in allowing her to forget paying for $2,450 in clothing from Neiman Marcus last October.

“There were a number of personal factors that led to the situation where I made this absent-minded error,” said Hayashi. “My medical condition may have complicated the situation, however, I want to be clear that I take full personal responsibility for my actions.”

News of Hayashi’s guilty plea coupled with the revelation she has been serving in the assembly with a brain tumor has done little to quell harsh comments from her constituents and calls for her to resign.

“The simple fact is I unintentionally walked out of a store with items I had not paid for. Of course, I intended to purchase what I had, but I didn’t. Losing track of how fast you are driving is no excuse for speeding. And losing track of clothing I was purchasing is no excuse for walking out of a store without paying.”

Hayashi has a year remaining in her termed-out assembly seat in the 18th District.

Categories: Assembly, brain tumor, Mary Hayashi, Neiman Marcus, San Francisco, shoplifting

7 replies

  1. I am stunned beyond belief that Hayashi could think that we are buying the horse-hockey. I had a stroke when I was pregnant but have stole nothing. Ted Kennedy has an actual brain tumor that WAS cancer and he stole nothing, Robert Novack stole nothing. I want to see the medical records and I want to see them now. This woman is representing our district – apparently high crimes and misdemeanors do not dis-qualify you from public office in California – go figure.

    This is a slap in the brain to all of us who live daily with brain disorders – it's crap, unmitigated crap.


  2. Someone ask Speaker Perez, “ask yourself this question, if Assemblywoman Hayashi made an “absent-minded error” when it came to clothing, is she making the same mistakes when it comes to representing the people of the 18th District?”


  3. If you have a “biopsy” of a tumor in your brain – you must undergo a surgical procedure. The surgeon inserts a needle into your head to obtain a sample of the cell/specimen, and then it goes to a lab for examination. You have to have a part of your head/scalp shaved in order to do this procedure. The tumor is then declared cancerous or benign. Even a benign tumor is sometimes life threatening if it is growing in a vital part of the brain. Is she wearing a wig? Someone else confirm this lay opinion?


  4. A Democrat taking “responsibility”?? Yeah right.


  5. Regarding her purported brain tumor.

    The Mercury News reports as follows.

    “Hayashi, however, will not produce medical reports backing up her claim that she has a brain tumor, said Ross Warren, her chief consultant on the
    Business, Professions & Consumer Protection committee for which Hayashi serves as chairperson.

    “To elaborate further would not be accurate,” Warren said. “People are looking for something. But she is not interested in having her personal medical issues diagnosed (publicly). She is not using her medical condition as an excuse. We're not releasing any more.
    —-That is what they told the Mercury News.—-

    She keeps using the brain tumor as “part” of her excuse and then says she isn't using it any more.

    She refuses to tell the press anything about whether she has a brain tumor that could even possibly impact her behavior.

    Her attorney told the prosecutors about the brain tumor angle.
    After doing so, the prosecutors repeatedly asked for records or anything that could confirm or show that her claims about a brain tumor had merit.

    Her attorney never produced anything despite getting repeated requests from the prosecutors.

    Nothing has ever been submitted to anyone that indicates Mary Hayashi has a brain tumor that might in any way impact her behavior.

    Further, she then insists it was only absentmindedness that cause her to forget to pay the $2,500 she owed for the goods.

    Then she really insults the public by trying to compare her act of theft, with a distracted driver not realizing he is going 75 mph in a 65 zone.

    Here is that quote..

    “Losing track of how fast you are driving is no excuse for speeding. And losing track of clothing I was purchasing is no excuse for walking out of a store without paying.”

    Oh yeah, that sounds real sensible. NOT!


  6. Mary should resign her seat and she should do it now and not serve out her term. I assume her political career is over; if it's not, it should be. claim of brain tumor is what it is: bull—-! Tony Santos


  7. she's lying and a thief to boot.


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