Hold the presses! Before everyone jumps back on the proverbial “bash Annette Smith” bandwagon and throws in poor Dennis McCord along for the ride, take a deep breath.
In no way did I or any other candidate encourage Councilwoman Sheree Lustgarten to lie to anyone, about anything, for any reason. Nor is it the fault of any other candidate that the truth surfaced. Her most ardent admirers can call names and point fingers at others, but Lustgarten herself is responsible for her current predicament. That she was caught in a lie to the media is her problem, and solely her decision.
As a woman and as a mother, I empathize with her previous plight. However, that does not give her the license to lie. The Modesto Bee clearly describes Lustgarten as having a binder filled with evidence of her abuse and documents related to the bankruptcies for the Oct. 1 City Council candidate forum in preparation should any questions come up related to those subjects. When nothing came up that night, she submitted her questionnaire, lies included, to the Bee on Oct. 15. That was a willful and premeditated act.
It was not long ago that Sheree and her husband took great pleasure in calling for my resignation based on the lies of others against me. As the subject of unfounded gossip and lies, I faced the nightmares created by others head on; I suggest Ms. Lustgarten face the nightmare she created of her own free will and resign from office.
Annette Smith, former Patterson city councilwoman