The Fremont business owner who last month accused Alameda County supervisorial candidate Vinnie Bacon of sending him a threatening voicemail has now filed a police report alleging intimidation and harassment.
Tejinder “T.J.” Dhami filed the report with the Fremont Police Department on Wednesday accusing Bacon, who is also a Fremont councilmember, of leaving a bullying and harassing voice mail on Sept. 19. “He abused the power of his position through intimidation tactics and threatening me,” Dhami told police.
This is the same voicemail referenced last month in which Bacon strongly suggested repercussions would follow Dhami’s involvement with the campaign of Dublin Mayor David Haubert, Bacon’s supervisorial opponent in the Nov. 3 General Election.
When asked why he waited a month to file a police report, Dhami said, leaders in Fremont’s Sikh community had been urging him to do so for weeks. “I fear he will threaten me more if he becomes supervisor,” Dhami said of Bacon. “I might have more problems for tomorrow, but this will stop the threats.”
Audio: Vinnie Bacon voicemail
In the 42-second voicemail, Bacon told Dhami, “I hope you know this will have severe repercussions as far as your ever wanting to work with the Democratic Party again.” Bacon added, “I am the Democratic Party endorsed candidate. Some may not like it, but that’s the way it is, and by working against the party like this, you’re basically jeopardizing any future work with Democratic party ever again.”
Bacon expressed some regret at leaving the voicemail, but did not apologize to Dhami. “The voicemail is 100 percent accurate,” Bacon said in an interview last month. “There will be repercussions.” Bacon did not immediately return a call for comment for this article.
The threat was quickly realized after the Ohlone Area United Democratic Campaign asked for Dhami’s resignation as the organization’s vice-chair. Dhami added no other punitive actions have followed the voicemail.