ELECTION ’12//SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL DIST 4 | When San Leandro District 4 City Council candidate Chris Crow isn’t pacing and pontificating, patting himself on the back or practicing his Zig Ziglar business seminar shtick, the 28-year-old is exhibiting a glaring disregard and pique when it comes to owning up to the truth during this campaign season.
Last week came news of the endorsement of Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan claimed by Crow in public on numerous occasion was erroneous, yet he followed what has become standard operating procedure: deny, deny, deny, then confirm the untruth through friendly media sources and neglect to says sorry or express any regret.
In fact, numerous sources in San Leandro say Crow and his acolytes deny he ever trumpeted Chan’s backing, an endorsement, if it were true, would have a been a major coup for his campaign. The major irony in all this is one video clip that clearly shows Crow uttering Chan’s endorsement last month was filmed by San Leandro school board member Mike Katz. The same person who was featured recently in a Wall Street Journal article opposing the city’s police department for scanning the license plates of citizens on the street.
However, Katz’s use of his blog and collection of public affairs videos over the years has been viewed by opponents as a thinly-veiled attempt to intimidate public officials and opponents. Here’s video evidence of Crow’s erroneous endorsement through Katz’s lens. (Fast forward to the 4:50 mark to hear the list of Crow’s supporters.)
Crow’s inability to quell potentially simple campaign firestorms was first seen last August when a racially insensitive rant on his Facebook page grew exponentially larger due to his handling of the controversy. Instead of quickly apologizing for the comments, Crow’s first instinct was to attack a vast conspiracy against his candidacy. When news broke surrounding a warrant for pot possession disallowed him from a ride-along with San Leandro Police, Crow initially denied the story, but immediately spilled the beans to San Leandro Patch, an outlet that has allowed him to write campaign-related blog postings and press releases on its site. This time, his opponents and the police were out to get him.
If Eric Swalwell is over ambition on steroids, then Chris Crow is it on a six-pack of Five-Hour Energy. With less than a month until election day, voters are still waiting to see if Crow is anything but an entitled brat or someone they can trust to be his own man on a divided City Council.