Saturday, August 8, 2009

Gipson Returns For Another Round

Despite Mayor Jim Dear's efforts to unseat Council Member Mike Gipson, Gipson has been re-elected for another term on Carson's city council. This means that the newly re-elected Jim Dear will still be in the
political minority.

(Unofficial results from the City of Carson website)

Election 2009

For this election, The Daily Breeze reported that Dear teamed up with Gipson's rivals, former Council Member Julie Ruiz Raber and incumbent Council Member Harold Williams, who sent out mailers blaming Dear's rivals for the council's "strife and discord."

In the same article, it was reported that an anonymous rumor was spread "drawing a link between Gipson and Bill Smalley, a political activist and a registered sex offender on the Megan's Law Web site."

The piece, titled "The two faces of Council Member Mike Gipson," was suspected of being Dear's work, but he denied it.

The Daily Breeze reported that "Gipson countered with a mailer accusing his opponents of mudslinging."

This is not the first incident of unpleasant rivalry between the two politicians

Past Conflicts

As reported in the Timeline of Trouble, in the previous post, in November 2007 Mayor Dear accused council member Gipson of "challenging a member of the audience to a fight." The disturbance was posted on YouTube.

Dear also said that Gipson acted in a threatening way towards him after the conflict at the council meeting. Gipson, in turn, said that he was threatened by one of Dear’s friends who said, “I’m going to get you.”

In 2008, Dear called Gipson a “nutcase” and a “phony” and listed Gipson and what he called Gipson’s “cult followers” as his main political rivals.

For his part, Gipson said, “I’m not against Mayor Dear… we can disagree without being disagreeable.”

Gipson and Dear also disagreed about the proposed incorporation of the 1,710-acre Rancho Dominguez area into Carson. Dear supported it while, in 2008, Gipson said "At this time, the city of Carson can not afford to annex the area.

The Possibility of Peace

A truce doesn't seem to be out of the question for these rivals. In 2008, Gipson said:
"We need to get the situation behind us and move on as a family...I pray for our city, I pray for the mayor."

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