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.
Free Speech Organization FIRE Defends Kansas State Student Jaden McNeil From a Politically Correct Lynch Mob, KSU Will Not Expel the Student
Given the tense climate of American political discourse in 2020, there was speculation that he was about to be expelled from the university.
Nevertheless, online activism from the likes of staunch right-winger Michelle Malkin helped create sufficient pushback against the lynch mobs that were descending on McNeil.
Now, McNeil has even more backup with free speech organization The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) coming to his defense.
FIRE sent KSU a resounding warning:
The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education is a non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to defending liberty, freedom of speech, due process, academic freedom, legal equality, and freedom of conscience on America’s college campuses.
FIRE appreciates that Kansas State University is one of the few institutions in the country whose policies earn a ‘green light’ rating from FIRE. We write today in response to the University’s statement that it is reviewing its “options” concerning KSU undergraduate Jaden McNeil’s statement on social media.
KSU made a suggestive tweet in response to McNeil’s original tweet about Floyd:
A message from President Richard Myers:
The insensitive comments posted by one K-State student hurts our entire community. These divisive statements do not represent for the values of our university. We condemn racism and bigotry in all its forms.
— K-State (@KState) June 26, 2020
A message from President Richard Myers: The insensitive comments posted by one K-State student hurts our entire community. These divisive statements do not represent for the values of our university. We condemn racism and bigotry in all its forms.
We are launching an immediate review of the university’s options. Black Lives Matter at Kansas State University and we will continue to fight for social justice.
McNeil tweeted jokingly, “Congratulations to George Floyd on being drug free for an entire month!”
FIRE’s letter served as a reminder to KSU that as a public university it is bound by the United States Constitution and is compelled to protect free speech per the First Amendment. Yes, even when it comes to offensive speech.
The letter added:
While McNeil’s tweets may be deeply offensive to many, they do not fall into a category of speech unprotected by the First Amendment, which strictly limits public universities like KSU from punishing protected expression.
The entire statement can be read on Michelle Malkin’s twitter feed:
Exclusive: @TheFIREorg sends @KState letter reminding officials of their constitutional obligations in treatment of @JadenPMcNeil ==>"McNeil’s tweets are unquestionably protected by the First Amendment." pic.twitter.com/8dXOvwewGQ
— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) June 30, 2020
The stakes are high in 2020, as free speech hangs in the balance thanks to relentless pressure from the PC Left and Big Tech.
The good news is that KSU announced that it will not expel McNeil over his Tweet. But the fight is far from over.
Anyone who values American freedoms should stand in solidarity with McNeil.
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