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April 06, 2005

Response about Chairs

By Karl-Thomas Musselman

This is for all of you freaks worried about City Council meetings turning into Springer Style Chair Throwing episodes if Margot Clarke gets elected to the city council. Thanks to Sharon for writing in.

Dear Karl -

It has been brought to my attention that a comment was made on the Burnt Orange website that "Margot Clarke had been fired from Planned Parenthood" and "threw a chair". Both statements are totally false!

I was Margot's supervisor for the majority of the time she was employed at Planned Parenthood of the Texas Capital Region. She resigned her position as Director of Public Affairs to pursue other opportunities, and never threw a chair while an employee. In fact, Margot is one of the most loyal, dependable, hardworking people I've had ever known.

Margot is very qualified to represent Austin citizens on the City Council. She has a long history of fighting for the issues important to us as a community and will make an outstanding member of the City Council, if elected.

Thank you for posting a correction as appropriate to the false comments that were made about Margot.


Sharon Bettis
12140 Tunnel Trail
Manchaca, Texas 78652

Posted by Karl-Thomas Musselman at April 6, 2005 03:11 PM | TrackBack


"never threw a chair while an employee"

What about when she wasn't employed there?

Posted by: chrisken at April 6, 2005 03:32 PM

How could her supervisor be expected to know whether she had thrown a chair at any point in her entire life? But I seriously doubt Ms. Bettis would have said all those complimentary things if she thought Margot had violent tendencies. I really hope this marks the end of unfounded personal attacks (*cough* Dobbs *cough*) about the place 3 race.

Posted by: Amanda at April 6, 2005 04:26 PM

Margot Clarke has been attacked before--her last race for City Council had the rumor mill working overtime. I guess this is what one gets for daring to be a progressive Democrat and not pander to the right wing...

I have to agree with Amanda. I seriously doubt that any furniture throwing would have been followed by praise...

Posted by: Andrea Meyer at April 6, 2005 05:08 PM

First of all let me state that I really don't care about the rumor. My point was just that because of the way Ms. Bettis worded her statement, it would be factually accurate if Margot threw a chair at some planned parenthood board meeting or whatever the allegation was, if it was after she had been "forced to resign" and was no longer an employee. In conclusion, rumors are dumb, especially if there is no one to vouch for their authenticity and they are based entirely on hearsay.

Posted by: chrisken at April 6, 2005 06:11 PM

she is still a hard left, anti development whack job who is completely out of touch with reality. frankly, i'd respect her more if she had thrown a chair.

Posted by: jon lam at April 6, 2005 07:20 PM

"I guess this is what one gets for daring to be a progressive Democrat and not pander to the right wing" - give me a break Andrea. Democrats accused Kay Hutchison of beating her staff with wire hangers solely on the strength of inneuendo. We even had an impromtu street demonstration outside her Austin campaign office with a group of Y.D.'s brandishing wire hangers.

There's nothing worse than sanctimonious liberal self righteousness.

Posted by: Tom Stevens at April 7, 2005 01:13 PM
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