By Tom Hunter
There were two American flags held up by little beings that looked like they could have been the children of Filner recall organizer Michael Pallamary, and much talk of scripture, but the free puppies were a no-show. Very little was said of the sins of the Mayor, although we were asked to love and pray for Bob Filner as the trapdoor was slamming open.
They had a good crowd of a hundred or more, but they definitely were not all there to scorn Mayor Bob. The spectacle was part of the draw. There was a feisty lady standing all of 4’6″ tall who just couldn’t take the Filner disparagement anymore later on and just lost it, letting the pulpit have it with both barrels.
The loud mouthed Mike Slater (760 KFMB) did his best Glenn Beck schtick and kept the show moving. Michael Pallamary had 130 pages of factual material (vetted by some school) of absolute proof that Bob Filner was a politician 20 years ago.
I felt like screaming and pulling out my hair, but the microphones were all on the pulpit, so no damage was done. There was some good back and forth amongst the folks in the crowd.
Channel 8 tried to corner me for an interview, but quickly fled when they found out I was with the press. There were two of SDPD’s finest there to make sure no actual ropes were shown publicly.
This Pallamary character got his recall website up long before the latest scandal broke. ” (You get the pictures-I’ll get the war)”.
I tried to figure out what the average human was thinking at that rally. One thing was for sure: the crowd was much paler in skin tone than the pro-Filner rally the day before.
There was even someone there with a sign for Carl Demaio (he assured me that he did indeed love Carl). There were no prominent citizens in attendance. There were no politicians that I could recognize hanging with the crowd. There were the usual suspects from the press including a crew from the UT-SD.
The signs were pathetic – small and badly drawn. Pallamary brought some nicer signs, but they were forgotten in all the excitement. It didn’t take too much effort to figure out what the average human was doing at that rally was licking his wounds from the last election cycle.
Mike Slater repeated over and over that this was not a left and right thing and no politics was involved, just before he started flogging some brand of ladies cosmetics.
I am made to be at events like this. My blood pressure goes up so high that all the clogged arteries are blown clean. I happily suffer so you don’t have to.
Ed: This story has been updated to correct mis-identification of the children involved.