Thursday, February 17, 2011

Sister of slain LAPD officer asks L.A. Councilman Jose Huizar to STOP EXPLOITING HER BROTHER'S BADGE for his own re-election political purposes.

Huizar asked to stop using badge issue in reelection campaign

From: L.A. Times (2/18/11)

The sister of a slain LAPD officer records a telephone message for Jose Huizar's opponent.

By David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times

February 18, 2011

The sister of a Los Angeles Police Department officer killed in the line of duty 32 years ago called on City Councilman Jose Huizar on Thursday to stop using [exploiting] her brother's badge as an issue in his March 8 reelection campaign — and went so far as to record a telephone message for his opponent to send to voters.

Karen Kubly, herself a retired LAPD officer, said Huizar should have notified her family before making the badge part of his campaign against businessman Rudy Martinez. Her brother, David Kubly, was killed in 1979 while trying to apprehend a robbery suspect.

Kubly told The Times on Thursday that Huizar had been "disrespectful" to her family and had used the badge for political gain.

Hours later, however, she said Huizar apologized and promised to stop using the badge in the campaign. [OMG...AGAIN...HUIZAR CARRIES ON, UNTIL HE'S BUSTED, THEN APOLOGIZES. WHAT A PATTERN!]

By then, however, Kubly had recorded a campaign "robo call" message that went out to voters on Martinez's behalf. That message sharply criticized Huizar and said his claims about Martinez and the LAPD badge were "*entirely false*."

After The Times published an article on the report, Kubly said Martinez should be investigated for theft. Police said they could not do so because "*he had a duplicate badge and not the original.*"

david.zahniser@latimes.com
(DZ...not to be confused with ZD!)

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