The dialogue below came from a post on the page of Darren Suen. He attended a town hall meeting that was held by Ami Bera. Fabrizio Sasso and Amar Shergill made negative comments about Bera and I responded. Both have been critical of Bera for not being enough of a democrat. What came next was Sasso getting upset that I replied. He then made a mocking comment about my stuttering, by saying, “D-d-d-debate Amar Doc Souza”. When called out on it, he then said “I’ve never met you. I don’t know what you sound like. You hate Dems. Those are D’s you fool.” That was a nice try. Everyone knows that was not the intent of his comment. Typing consecutive “d’s” in that manner was not about democrats, it was making fun of my stuttering. Sasso also referred to those who disagree as “right wing racists.” Then Shergill deleted his comment which deleted the thread. I know that Amar Shergill had no part in these comments. This was all Sasso. A person who does not live in Elk Grove, but is a union rep, (Executive director at Sacramento Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO)
But Shergill is associated with him as is Elk Grove Mayoral candidate Tracie Stafford. If this is the company they keep, then I really know I don’t want them having any influence on Elk Grove. Just as politicians all over face fallout from their associates, they too will have to answer to this. I met earlier this year with Tracie Stafford and one thing we do have in common is stuttering. She told me that she had a major issue with it previously, but has since overcome it. Some do and some don’t. I know Stafford doesn’t support what Sasso said because she understands what it is like to not be able to say things how you want to say them. Sasso said he didn’t know I stutter and I call bullshit on that. I do live videos all the time and anyone that listens can tell and of course a few post nasty comments about it, but no one is stupid enough to think that typing “D-d-d-debate Amar Doc Souza” meant “democrats”.
This shows how intolerant some of the supposed tolerant ones. Sasso tried to bully me and thought that making fun of my speech would do that. This shows how low they will go and why they want to shut me up. It won’t work. I have become a hot topic on the local “resistance” group page as well with my name coming up in their posts. They don’t want the people to see their agenda and see the truth. They think that their complaints about the City of Elk Grove “Humanity” logo and my subsequent posts about it, were getting to me. Quite the contrary. It showed just how ridiculous some of them are that they were complaining about a logo, moments after the first town hall about racism. Outside of their little group, there was no support for the change of the logo. The city went along just to appease them. By all means please come up with more “suggestions” on changes. It makes it easier for people to see how ridiculous they are.
I have never, ever said I represent or speak for anyone. I don’t speak for the city or it’s residents. I do speak for myself and I will expose this type of stuff. It shows how desperate they are, that they are afraid of what I say. I will stand up for the city I love and the people here who do not want to be influenced by politicians trying to push their agenda. I will give a voice to those who do not want this in our city. I also know that a lot of people in this city respect me and have my back, just as I have theirs. I am sure they will continue to focus on me and attack me privately and publicly. All that is fine. The people will know the truth when it happens and see it for what it is, trying to silence the press and the truth.
Look, I am 54 years old and I have dealt with stuttering all my life. I was made fun of as a kid and an adult, even today. I am way tougher than that. It has shaped who I am, made it more important what I have accomplished in spite of that. I don’t consider it a handicap or disability, although some might. It is what it is. I can’t or won’t change who I am or run from it. If it bothers some people too bad. If you think it’s funny, that’s fine, it shows who you really are. The same people who criticized Trump for mocking a reporter are doing the same thing now. Recently there was a post on Elk Grove News with a challenge to debate Shergill on the issues he is proposing. On the Facebook post apparently a couple of people joked about my stuttering and then it was deleted. Of course that was likely part of the plan for the proposed “debate”. To either get me out there to try and make me look bad or or say “see he chickened out.” I wouldn’t debate anyway. There is no need to debate issues that are being pushed by a small group with a political agenda that is only causing more divisiveness.