Assembly member Jacqui Irwin, and Sheriff Bill Ayub to Pull Out of Event Honoring Fallen Officer Ron Helus — Cite Concerns Over Republican Speakers And Singer.
For more information to register a team, sponsor or get involved go to http://www.bluebowl.org.
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. State Assembly member Jacqui Irwin, and Ventura County Sheriff Bill Ayub, both booked as speakers at the first annual Sgt. Ron Helus Blue Bowl to be held at 8:00 AM on October 6th, have dropped out of the event over concerns about Republican speakers.
The event is billed as a bipartisan memorial and flag football game to honor Sergeant Ron Helus, who was killed in action during a Shooting in November of last year.
Speakers at the event will include Wayne Billowit, Safety Public Safety Liaison Office of Governor Gavin Newsom, Leigh Steinberg, NFL Agent, current Congressional Candidate for Ventura County’s 26th District Ronda Kennedy and local actor Scott Baio, both Republicans, and a national anthem sung by music artist Joy Villa, a known Trump supporter.
According to the event producer, Michael Randall, Ayub and Irwin were encouraged to pull out by Thousand Oaks Police Chief Tim Hagel, who had called Randall to complain about the event becoming “too political.” Randall was told by Chief Tim Hagel, “These people do not represent our fabric of our community and nothing good will come out of this event by having them there.”
Chief Hagel went on to say that he will tell Sheriff Ayub the same statement, “Nothing good will come out of this event.” Chief Hagel went on say “The only thing you could have made this worse was by inviting Dick Cheney or Sara Huckabee Sanders, this is not Trump Country and that slogan making America great again is not popular within 1200 square miles of this event!”
He went on to say “That Gal is not our fabric of our community.” “This event has always been and always will be a show of unity and community support. It is only when you pull out because of political differences do you make it political,” Randall said. The producer also stated that an email from Jacqui Irwin came in shortly after his conversation with Chief Hagel.
He went on to say “Rumor has it that a controversial Gal is singing the National Anthem there, Why is Joy Villa Controversial?” and went on to say “I don’t know who she is but she is controversial.” “Fill me in why she is controversial?” Randall said “I didn’t know that Joy Villa was controversial.” Randall did say “I think she supports President Trump” and that’s when Chief Hagel said “That’s it… this isn’t Trump Territory out here, Unfortunately if she does that we wont have any elected officials show.”
“It’s either her or no elected officials show! Hagel went on to say “Im looking at her website right now and it starts out with Making America Great and that slogan is not popular for over 1200 square miles around here.” “We would have to put major security teams around here. She is not represented of our ideology of our community” Hagel added. “We don’t want anyone supporting making America great again and just her presence does that.”
Randall tried to convey that our events have never been political and even told Chief Hagel who was never in the main meeting with the family and assist Chief to go to our website and check it out. “People like Joy Villa is not the fabric of our community” Hagel said. “She is not represented of our community.”Chief Hagel added.
Chief Hagel then asked about actor Scott Baio. Randall went on to say “Actor Scott Baio will be speaking because he supports law enforcement. Hagel said “yes they mentioned him too does he belong to any right wing groups?” Randall said “I don’t know what you mean about Right Wing Groups but I think he is republican.” Hagel said “Yes he wont work either”.
Full story here: