Calhoun demands recount, considers her legal options
“I will be asking for a recount,” Calhoun said. “I am also waiting for the Los Angeles Times response to the ad that Skyy Fisher did and I will be speaking to an attorney about the illegal ads that ran on radio station KJLH.” During the campaign an email sent to The Bulletin backing Zurita was circulated stating it was from the Los Angeles Times. However, the return address on the document allegedly belongs to Skyy Fisher.
The radio ad claims that Calhoun had voted to lay off 125 people. Calhoun was the lone “no” vote, when the council approved the layoffs on May 24.
Calhoun said she understands that everything is “up for grabs” but doing whatever it takes to win is not an option.
“When what you do is illegal, that will be called into question,” Calhoun said. “I’m not a sore loser. I have a right as a candidate to ask for a recount.”
Postings on the social network site Hub City Livin’, with a political endorsement that was allegedly created by Skyy Fisher with the 52nd Assembly District as a title, and a video of Calhoun posted on YouTube, have been turned over to the candidate. Calhoun said this information is being compiled and sent to California Democratic Party vice chairman, Eric Bauman.
Skyy Fisher has released the following statement to The Compton Bulletin concerning these allegations:
“While I understand the concern of the Bulletin and any other person questioning my First Amendment Rights of free speech, I in no way attempted to mislead or misrepresent the facts of our city representatives. I never intended to nor did I think and still don't believe that I used my social networking site to portray it as a newspaper or a print/press outfit. I do not nor have I ever represented a candidate in this race. I supported the ideas of a candidate and did not hesitate to make that know within the confines of what I believed to be my First Amendment right.”
“I have never commissioned nor employed Mr. Fisher to be my spokesperson or campaign manager,” Zurita said. “While I appreciate all the support that Mr. Fisher and many others obviously have provided, please understand that it was on their own, and independent of my campaign.”
Calhoun said that Zurita came over to shake her hand after the count was complete, but she refused to return the gesture.
“Why are you being nice to me now?” Calhoun asked Zurita. “You haven’t been nice to me for this entire campaign and you’ve been hitting me with negative ads. I will see you in court.”
Calhoun said she will pursue her legal recourse through July 1, when Zurita is scheduled to take the 1st District seat on the council. The process, she said, will begin as soon as the election results are certified.
“If the results stay the same after the recount, then the people will have made their choice, and I wish her the best of luck,” Calhoun said.
In a statement, Compton City Clerk Alita Godwin said Calhoun has five days after the completion of the official canvass to ask for a recount. She has to pay the total cost of the recount, which will range from $1,900 to $2,000 per day. The city council will canvass the results on June 21 at its council meeting.