When Tea Party AstroTurf Withers: The Jo Lynn Haussmann Story

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Keller ISD board member Jo Lynn Haussmann was censured at a special meeting of the board last night. She was asked to resign, too, but that was never going to happen. She offered a half-hearted apology for the Facebook comment that led to the meeting -- the one in which she informed Southlake voters that, because of their low turnout, they were now stuck with a "MUSLIM" on City Council -- and that was it.

Short of getting Haussmann removed by a district judge, there's nothing Keller ISD can do. They are stuck with a Haussmann, a Tea Party backed and funded candidate elected with fewer than 2,200 votes.

The thing is, if anyone had been paying attention to a suburban school board election, and Unfair Park realizes that's a big if, this whole mess probably could have been avoided. Rumors -- with a decent amount of documentation -- about Haussmann's bigotry and her self-admitted dementia have been floating around for months, before she was even elected.

The Rosetta Stone for Haussmann's Facebook posts about dementia is the Vimeo video embedded below. It's been on the site since late April and in its description the uploader says he or she posted it to preserve Haussmann's posts in case they were deleted, which they seem to have been. The video appears to show a computer user doing a simple Google search and click through to find Haussmann discussing her dementia and inability to work or function as she did before the diseases's onset.

Haussmann quote proof from j johnson on Vimeo.

A quick Google search shows further indications that the posts came from Haussmann's account. Results from Facebook's mobile site appear to record some of the content of the deleted posts.

So, the Tea Party, and Tea Party backed state representatives like Giovanni Capriglione of Southlake, got behind a school board candidate who apparently has dementia. That's probably something that should have been checked out, but they couldn't possibly have imagined that she was capable of spewing such bile on social media right?

If a screen shot tweeted by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Bud Kennedy is any indication, Haussmann's proponents should have expected far, far worse.

Those are YouTube comments from 2012. They come from an account that features Haussmann's name and the photo that appears on much of her campaign literature. It's possible that someone was setting up a long con smearing of Haussmann in 2012, but she, apparently, believes that President Obama is a Muslim/socialist/communist who should be beheaded.

Jo Lynn Haussmann and Representative Capriglione did not respond to requests for comment for this story.


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everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

If she ramps up her dementia to Hank Johnson levels and thinks Guam is in danger of tipping over and that we have to save the Helium so we don't run out of midgets, then she could run as a Democrat for Congress/

annff69
annff69

Hopefully, time will bring real evidence and the truth to this situation. I don't find the Vimeo "evidence" verifiable because it could have easily been created by anyone.If you have her on video saying such stuff, then you'd have something. This situation is a result of a widespread problem with school board members, because people rarely pay attention to such elections, unless they've got something at stake in such a race.

dingo
dingo

'Whither' as in Virginia's 7th Congressional District Primary?

'Whither' as in 200k spent by Brat against 5.4m by Cantor?


Wait, I'm sure all of the 200k was funded by the Koch brothers so those funds had evil manipulative hypnotic powers that induced voters into becoming racists.

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

Throughout the country, Americans formed "taxpayers' leagues" to demand spending cuts, arguing that since they had tightened their belts, politicians should too. According to an article in the National Municipal Review, at least 3,000 such groups had emerged by 1933 compared to only 47 in 1927. Because of tax league pressure, 19 states and numerous localities brought property levies under control by capping mill rates or limiting overall property taxes to a percentage of assessed value.

David Beito: The Forgotten Tax Revolt of the 1930s - WSJ

CogitoErgoSum
CogitoErgoSum topcommenter

I can't wait for Ted Cruz to meet America in 2016 (if he makes it that far). Those in the Tea bubble here in Texas are in for another rude awakening.

Ovservist
Ovservist

OMG.....This woman is going to be a HERO here at Unfair Park. I hope she pronounced it MuuuuuuuhSLIIIIIIN!

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

Is she related to the singing ambassador?

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

Is she related to the singing amabassador?

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

A Tea Party goon done kilt my Pa back in '68!  I swear he did!

Uh, Mr. Young, there is no organized party for you to hang this on.  Whatever "this" is supposed to be, since you never drew a conclusion.  Oh you of amateurish purveyance of the flicked innuendo.  

Yet but another permutation of the Left merely invoking a picture and a phrase and going "See!?!".  See what, Mr. Young?  Can you come to a friggin' conclusion? Just state the accusation?  Call a spade a spade.  Or go pester Sheffie Kadane (ha!).  He's old and fits your profile. He probably "has no comment" too.  

The "so-called "Tea Party is not a party at all.  It's a grass roots movement revolving around taxation and a limited governance concept.  

It's why you look like an idiot when you try to assign "party" status with sinister, centralized "unseen hand" motives.  It is but a loose association that objected to the goofy collectivist bullshit that is providing the engine for seizing powers not assigned to it under the Constitution.   But nooooo.  All you got is the tall grass, which is where you will stay. Jerk.

Fortunately, your wild and ignorant finger pointing days are numbered.

No doubt your stupid rants are going to become ever more shrill as the day of reckoning approaches.  It's called an election.

Go find another grandma to kick in the teeth.  Then invoke your bias by hoisting up her smiley face showing her color and make sure you mention she's associated with "those" people.

But first introduce her as a public figure with a pic so at least we know who we are supposed to hate.

fred.garvin.mp.713
fred.garvin.mp.713

Just a quibble here, but on her FB post she harps on about Mormons being against abirtion and gay marriage. Aren't Muslims just as opposed to abortion and gay marriage, possibly more so? Gay marriage is legal now in Utah. Can't see that flyin' in Riyadh.

So in sum, if you're REALLY against abortion and gay marriage, vote for the Muslim candidate, just not Obama; he'd be letting down his Muslim overlords if that were the case.

MikeWestEast
MikeWestEast

When it comes to electing mediocrities and incompetents to school boards because of low turnout and a limited and vocal base, we in Dallas have to have far outperformed little Keller, wherever that bug is.  How about the year we did not have an election because no opponents appeared, no doubt reflecting wide degree of satisfaction with the product?

wcvemail
wcvemail

@annff69

As noted in the story, somebody would have had to start creating this entire body of evidence well before she even put her bat-hat into the ring for office. Now you'll say, "Exactly! Somebody could have made this up!" and then there would be a loud clanging, which would be the cluetrain leaving your station.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@dingo

The Tea Party lives, amnesty is dead. Expect Executive action by this time next week.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@holmantx

This might be a bit harder had they faced today's corrupt IRSDOJ.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@CogitoErgoSum

Ted Cruz has already met America.

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

@holmantx you hold to this despite being POWNED by me many times on the essential role of govt.  You're like a broken clock man, immune to evidence

Ovservist
Ovservist

@holmantx  Who you got going there for this upcoming day or reckoning a/k/a election old timer?  The irony that you are ranting on someone name Young is not lost here.  Now take out your teeth and get those lips back on R's azz.

Ovservist
Ovservist

@holmantx  GRASS ROOTS MY ASS! 


It is nothing but a group of Koch suckers and you know it GrandPa!

Daniel
Daniel

@fred.garvin.mp.713 It's clear from her Twitter posts that she is too ignorant to grasp this: "If Muslims aren't for it, then why are Obama and all of his muslim supporters supporting it?"  Huh? Huh? Don't have an answer for THAT, do you?

This isn't as surprising as it should be, since for years these people have been conflating Islam with Communism. Why not abortion and gay marriage, too? Just as disgusting as these vile ignoramuses is the fact that far too many intelligent Republicans (yes, of course they exist) don't have enough self-respect to distance themselves from these clowns.

All that said, it's hard not to feel a touch of pity for this woman, grotesquely bigoted though she be.

wcvemail
wcvemail

@ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul

Apparently, not much. In one post, she says that she's been in "Church Leadership and the Ministry for over 35 years," which I'll bet means that she's taken volunteer turns in her congregation, teaching Sunday School and such. Nothing wrong with jumping from church volunteering to the school board, except when it's because she's so bored sitting at home -- her own words. I'd like to know about how her name bubbled up; perhaps the Tea Party liked her online comments? 

wcvemail
wcvemail

@MikeWestEast

And then the year that many board members knew they were doing such a good job that they proposed canceling the election for that cycle.

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

@TheRuddSki

Hmm.  Apparently it is the Land of the Undead.  Cantor got primaried and listening to Larry Kudlow (a big Establishment Repub) last night by shortwave on the John Batchelor Show out of New York, you'd think the neos are going to commit mass suicide (ha!).

I like Kudlow, but he's married amnesty to GOP survivability, and John Fund laughed at him.  It was great reparte'.  Fund said immigration reform was already dead but now it's official.

The real problem is that the majority of Americans are pissed off at the current crop of statesmen - of all stripes - making new law on the Executive side, not enforcing existing law, and not doing a God Damn thing about jobs, the budget, the deficit and the national debt.

And 20 mil in this country illegally taking jobs at at time where half the Youth are unemployed is causing Gojira to wade right back ashore, and belch a little 300 MPH neutron firewind up D.C. ass.

And Baghdad Bob can clarion out the Death of the pooor, poor TEA Partiers all he wants however, these Baathists will soon be fugitives on the battlefield.


CogitoErgoSum
CogitoErgoSum topcommenter

@TheRuddSki Don't be dense. The average Texan didn't know diddly about Mitt Romney before he first ran for president. In 2012, Jo Lynn Haussman could tell you he was a "Mormon with HIGH MORALS" (not a MUSLIM!) who did not support abortion or same-sex marriage.

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

@Ovservist @holmantx

The Koch Bros are card-carrying Libertarians.  One ran for President on the Libertarian ticket.  

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@Daniel

...for years these people have been conflating Islam with Communism

Wow, I gotta get out more, this is the first I've seen this conflation.

I'm thinking maybe that some people suggest that those who support(ed) communism also tend to be supportive of Islamism. IOW! just typical anti-Americans like International ANSWER, Code Pink, etc.

the_riddler512
the_riddler512

@wcvemail @ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul  There's a video of Giovanni Capriglione fondly recalling the Magical Moment when he begged a crowd at a NE Tarrant Tea Party meeting for someone, anyone, to stand up and face off against Evil Liberal Shane Hardin, and Ms. Haussmann stood up to defend Keller ISD from Socialism.  I believe the NETTP objection to Hardin is that he called Ted Cruz a "bas***d" on social media.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@holmantx

The problem is, we have a large and powerful anti Latino-American bloc in this country which, like the government of Mexico, is actively working to oppress Americans to the advantage of foreign nationals. It makes them feel good, somehow, to put the screws to the lower economic classes.

Tea Party is the immigrant's best friend (immigrant in the classic sense, not the propaganda sense).

observist
observist topcommenter

I, on the other hand, rarely achieve dudgeon of any level.

Daniel
Daniel

@TheRuddSki

Well, go to any bat-shit insane conservative website and read the comments. You'll see the two conflated, I guarantee it.

And spare me the conservative fever dream -- the ridiculous notion that liberals support Islamism. Particularly as regards the rights of women, most liberals pretty loudly condemn Islamism. They don't support discriminating against American Muslims. And one of the few things I can say to his credit is, George W. Bush didn't, either. 

What's amusing is that the conservative ideology (the religious right, not the Randians) much more resembles Islamism than the liberal ideology does -- they believe in many of the same things, i.e., codifying religious ideals into the fabric of our government & public sphere -- but never mind all that, indulging in an irrational orgy of fear and hatred ultimately seems to be what floats the religious right's boat. This goes way back to Civil Rights days. 

The religious right and the Randians have world-views that are essentially inimical, but still they engage in this grotesque dance together, while the Old Guard sits in the corner glumly sipping punch. I happen to think they're all three full of shit, but if they could come up with a coherent philosophy, they could at least bring something of value to the table. Instead, they're self-destructing; the Republican Party is self-destructing right in front of us. 

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@the_riddler512

If Hardin could be defeated by this fruitbat, he must have been a real prize.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@Daniel

Well, go to any bat-shit insane conservative website and read the comments. You'll see the two conflated, I guarantee it.

I have no doubt, but maybe bat-shit insane commenters aren't the best gauge. Regardless, I've not really seen the conflation other than how I described, that I can recall.

And spare me the conservative fever dream -- the ridiculous notion that liberals support Islamism.

Its what Islamists perceive that we need to worry about. Surrendering early on, for instance, was very encouraging. The latest trade was very encouraging.

But to the wrong side.

Ovservist
Ovservist

@Daniel This is a batshit insane conservative website and they do spew this shit they just spew so much of it that you can't keep up with the hypocrisy.  In one post Obama will be a communist, then the next a Muuuuslin.

Of course they are so blinded by their hatred and bigotry they forgot they have to have a valid candidate to win back the White House but they are too caught up in Obama bashing.


All they know is no. 

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@scottindallas

What's funny is your unsupported, unsupportable claim that TheRuddski called Obama a Muslim.

Maybe you can reference your own claim as proof?

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

@TheRuddSki YOU DO RUDDY, you call him Muslim and Socialist all the time, and again, you need to find new FP data, cause yours in corrupted

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@scottindallas

Check your data, I've never once claimed Obama is Muslim. Socialist, yes, but not Muslim. I call him Keynesian at times, maybe that's what you're thinking of.

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