Andrea Valderrama, the chair of the David Douglas School Board and a 2018 Portland City Council candidate, was able to obtain a restraining order earlier this month against Oregon State Representative Diego Hernandez.
Valderrama’s March 3 filing in Multnomah County Circuit Court accuses Hernandez, with whom she lived with from January through April 2019, of getting drunk, engaging in threatening behavior and throwing things, including his phone, at her.
“He usually mixes alcohol, narcotic pills, and marijuana,” the filing stated. “This use leads to violent outbursts and unpredictability.”
“I filed this restraining order because I feared for my safety and my daughter’s safety,” Valderrama told the Willamette Week. “The pattern of behavior that I experienced is behavior that he acknowledged.”
Hernandez denied the accusations.
“It’s important for me to say unequivocally that I refute the characterizations that are in the petition, both of my actions and my personality,” he proclaimed. “I believe an airing of the facts in court would present a different, clearer account of the past months, but of course the restraining order is being dismissed, and for good reason….I wish Andrea only the best and I hope we can all move on.”
A court hearing is scheduled for Thursday, March 26, 2020, though the two are negotiating a settlement through lawyers.
“The court approved this restraining order and it is currently in place,” Valderrama told WW. “It has not been dismissed. We were working towards a settlement that would dismiss the restraining order.”
Valderrama’s court filing cites a June 21 incident from last 2019 when the two went out to dance: “He took pill and drank three very strong drinks,” the filing stated. Valderrama’s filing highlights that he went to dance with other women and returned to find her dancing with other people as well. He became furious, and the two left the venue. He yelled at her for three hours, the filing noted.
“This behavior escalated to physical violence when he threw his phone at me,” the filing states. “He also threw another object at me that was on the table.”
The filing contends that Hernandez did not remember what happened in the morning, but that he told her that a past partner had said he behaved in a similar way on a combination of pills and alcohol.
The filing also features text-message apologies from Hernandez, for excessive drinking and for his mistreatment of her. “I’m sorry. I promise I won’t mix alcohol and drugs like that again,” one text included in the filing read.
His attorney claims that both parties have been in negotiations over terms for a dismissal of the restraining order.
Valderrama settled for a dismissal with an agreement for a mutual no-contact order.
Hernandez is looking get his legal fees covered.
A Twitter user, Jonathan A. Lockwood posted the following:
“Portland Democrat “mixes alcohol, narcotic pills, and marijuana” leading to “violent outbursts” per filing. I’m calling on Speaker Kotek and Gov. Kate Brown to ask him to resign. He is unfit to serve. CC:
Portland Democrat “mixes alcohol, narcotic pills, and marijuana” leading to “violent outbursts” per filing.
I’m calling on Speaker Kotek and Gov. Kate Brown to ask him to resign. He is unfit to serve.
— Jonathan A. Lockwood (@JNTHN_LCKWD) March 25, 2020
Given that Hernandez is a minority and Democrat, he will likely keep his position due to the fact that the Left overwhelmingly protects its most radical and degenerate members.
Will Josh Hawley be the Next Champion for an America First Foreign Policy?
America First May Have its Next Leader to End Wars Abroad
Does America First have a new non-interventionist champion?
Missouri Senator Josh Hawley has been viewed by many as one of the figures who could potentially lead a Trumpist movement after Trump, should Joe Biden end up being installed as president on January 2021.
Hawley has made a name for himself as a champion of Middle America and questioning the neoliberal orthodoxy on immigration and trade. Lately, Hawley has made a pivot towards questioning the interventionist conventional wisdom on foreign policy.
In early October of this year, the Missouri Senator called for the American government to withdraw troops from Afghanistan. Hawley tweeted, “Almost 20 years now in Afghanistan. Long past time to draw this war to an end.”
Hawley’s foreign policy has been a work progress over the past two years. During a 2019 speech Hawley gave at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), he questioned the nation-building policy prescriptions of previous administrations, demonstrating some degree of skepticism towards non-stop interventionism abroad on the part of the Senator.
That said, it remains to be seen if Hawley’s legislative record will fully match his rhetoric.
Hawley is a staunch China hawk, who fears the rise of China and is a strong voice against China’s expansionist efforts. Hawley’s track record shows that his foreign policy views are rough around the edges. Daniel Larison of The American Conservative is not as optimistic about Hawley judging by his votes on the Yemeni Civil War. Larison cited several of Hawley’s votes that may be cause for concern:
“Sen. Hawley voted against the Senate’s resolution of disapproval that opposed the president’s effort to circumvent Congress with a bogus “emergency” to expedite arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the UAE. More important, he voted with the president and most Senate Republicans against the antiwar Yemen resolution that would have cut off all U.S. support to the Saudi coalition.”
Nevertheless, Hawley’s comments on Afghanistan are a good sign that Hawley is catching on to the fact that Americans are tired of foreign wars. Politicians can change their views and behaviors. Hawley is likely recognizing that the America First movement is exhausted by the endless wars and wants candidates and elected officials who offer withdrawal plans.
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) November 24, 2020
Journalist Glenn Greenwald, a fierce interventionist skeptic, maintained cautious optimism about Hawley. In a tweet, he commented, “All kinds of reasons to be skeptical of the authenticity here, but — purely as a matter of rhetoric — just imagine any national Republican speaking this way about a Dem administration even 10 years ago. The framework of politics is radically shifting.”
All kinds of reasons to be skeptical of the authenticity here, but — purely as a matter of rhetoric — just imagine any national Republican speaking this way about a Dem administration even 10 years ago. The framework of politics is radically shifting:https://t.co/0g3jpVPsDm
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) November 24, 2020
The jury is still out on Hawley. Regardless of flaws in his voting record, America First advocates should continue to push him and other America First leaning Republicans in the right direction. We should never forget that politicians are still receptive to political pressure and the grassroots holds the keys to political change.
Young senators like Hawley are the future of American politics and it makes sense for foreign policy restrainers to lobby them and push them in a direction that favors non-interventionism.
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