The Jekyll & Hyde Scenario That Defines Ruth Walter Hezitorial
The Yonkers Tribune begins this telling by harkening back to the Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, a gothic novella written by Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson, first published in 1886. The work is also known as The Strange Case of Jekyll Hyde, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, or simply Jekyll & Hyde. It is about a London legal practitioner named Gabriel John Utterson who investigates strange occurrences between his old friend, Dr Henry Jekyll, and the evil Edward Hyde. The novella’s impact is such that it has become a part of the language, with the phrase “Jekyll and Hyde” entering the vernacular to refer to people with an unpredictably dual nature: usually very good, but sometimes shockingly evil. Which brings us to the deceitful and duplicitous Ruth Walter who seemingly espouses political dogma that is the antithesis of a majority of residents who reside in the 15th Westchester County Legislative District, as well as character flaws that reveal bias and bigotry that strains her credibility.
Let’s begin with a shocking occurrence to which the Yonkers Tribune has been informed. Ruth Walter, as all candidates often do, engage people to collect valid signatures on their behalf. The signatures gathered by the candidate, as well as volunteers, and those who are paid to gather signatures, when meeting the necessary required number of signatures required, are thereafter presented to the Westchester County Board of Elections. Many times, if at all possible, candidates work to get as much as 2 to 3 times more signatures than required in order to meet the minimum number of signatures to be able to stand as a candidate in an upcoming election.
One of those people hired was the son of Reginald A. LaFayette, Westchester County Democratic Committee Chair and Westchester County Board of Elections Democratic Chair. After Chairman LaFayette’s son unsuccessfully attempted to collect the agreed upon amount for his services from Ruth Walter he asked his father for assistance in the matter.
Westchester County Democratic Chair Lafayette called Ruth Walter and questioned why his son was not paid for the services he rendered. Ms. Walters had some excuse; she advised that Mr. LaFayette send his son to her house to collect his earnings. And it was agreed he would do so immediately. When the son arrived at Ms. Walter’s home, she called the Bronxville Police Department and advised that a Black man as at her door and she was frightened. The Bronxville Police Department dispatched an officer to her address. Mr. LaFayette’s son was not arrested.
Ruth Walter’s conduct is outrageous in many ways. First she was aware that Mr. LaFayette’s son was on his way to her home address to collect his pay. She knew he was a young Black man. He worked for her after all. Why would she call the police? Of what was she afraid? Is she so in fear of Black people that she cannot tell the difference between an acquaintance and a stranger? And even if he were a stranger, by what measure does one call the police? Does the fact that the man is Black a basis and rationale for calling the police department?
The Yonkers Tribune has also learned that this was not a one-time incident on her part. At least one other such happenstance has taken place. This is her bias and bigotry revealed. She has not come to terms with an enlightened reality that she asserts is in her heart and mind but resides nowhere as part of her demeanor.
Her behavior is one she owns. There are no excuses for her bias and bigotry nor the fact that she has a trail of other incidences where she is said to have “stiffed” people for services rendered. This, mind you, by someone who claims to be a member of the “New Left”, a so-called enlightened Democratic Party. It turns out she is a bigot. Her demeanor is described as that of a Communist, as she leans so far beyond the definition of a Socialist, and a task master that has no qualms about not paying for services rendered; especially to a Black man. Ms. Walter’s bigotry is revealed front and center. Shame on her. Those who have come to support her may wish to reconsider whether casting a vote for Ruth Walter resides comfortably with their demeanor and ethical standards. Ms. Walter’s conduct is the very anthesis of the people who reside in District 15.
Shame on you Ms. Walter!
Does New York State Conference Leader Andrea Stewart- Cousins know of Ms. Walter’s calling the Bronxville Police Department on Chairman LaFayette’s son when she asked the Chairman to send his son to meet her at her home address so she could pay him for services he rendered on her behalf. Is junior New York State Senator Shelley Mayor unaware of this incident? Are they each willing to overlook this travesty by the racist Ruth Walter? Why? How can Ms. Walter’s behavior be tolerated by any stretch to the imagination. Maintaining support for the bigoted Ms. Walter is the first step that may return us 500 years to our past. Is this what Sen. Stewart-Cousins and Sen. Shelley Mayer intend? Will they both be silent to this issue? If so, I call for their each being individually censured and both removed from office. I am embarrassed by their silence. This is unconscionable. Silence is the very reason we got here. The silence must end today, not tomorrow.
On Friday evening November 1st, Catholic School teacher Margaret Murtagh, and her husband, political commentator espousing Republican dogma for News 12 Westchester, one time Yonkers City Councilman and one-time Majority Leader hosted a “Meet and Greet” at the Murtaugh’s house. The Murtaugh’s are registered Republicans, yet with respect to Ruth Walter, particularly with respect to John Murtagh, he continues to harbor resentment over his being passed over by the Republican Party who chose Gordon Burrows as their choice for the Yonkers City Council seat that Murtagh was desirous to serve. That was 1995. In 2003, John Murtagh was chosen as the Republican candidate of choice over Robert Ferrito. Murtaugh was elected to office, yet the pain, anger, and humiliation endured. 16 years later the animosity against Burrows that Murtaugh harbors continues unabated.
So much so, that Ruth Walter position with respect to abortion is not enough to deter the Murtaugh’s. I speak of third trimester abortion, or late term abortion, a medical procedure that takes place following the sixth month of a pregnancy. The procedure involves removal of a fetus and subsequent termination of the pregnancy. Reasons for performing a third trimester abortion may include a medical issue with the pregnancy that threatens the mother’s health or fulfilling the mother’s wishes for termination. Late term abortions have long been one of the most contentious types of abortion, with many political and social activists divided on the issue.
WiseGeek.com: “Pregnancies are divided into three-month intervals, or trimesters. Each period is marked by certain milestones in fetal development. The third trimester in an average pregnancy typically involves superficial aspects of development like weight gain, bone thickening, and nail generation. Any abortion performed during the third trimester will likely necessitate some type of surgical extraction of the fetus.
“While most abortions take place during the first trimester, research indicates a varying number of reasons why women opt for a third trimester abortion. On many occasions, the pregnancy is not recognized until it has reached the later stages. Economic or other life hardships may also prevent a woman from obtaining an earlier abortion. Health issues impacting either the pregnant woman or the fetus may arise later in the pregnancy and thus influence an abortion decision as well. Sometimes, a woman may simply delay making a final decision about her pregnancy options.
“Controversy often surrounds the third trimester abortion due to debates about the fetus’ development. Since many fetuses have developed key vital organs by the time of the third trimester, opponents of late term abortion view the fetus as viable, or able to be born. Abortion critics in general may view any fetus as a living being, and therefore see the practice of abortion and third trimester abortion in particular as a wrongful killing. Supporters of abortion, on the other hand, argue for a woman’s right to continue or terminate a pregnancy regardless of the time period of the pregnancy. Further, third trimester abortions are often necessitated by health concerns for the mother or other factors that merit consideration.
“Due to ongoing debate, laws and viewpoints vary widely by region and are often subject to change. Some regions of the world ban legal abortion entirely, while others place restrictions on late term abortions. Perhaps the most banned form of abortion is partial birth abortion — or dilation and extraction — in which the fetus is partially delivered before being terminated.
“This Hezitorial brings up the issue of a third term abortion option as it is the antithesis of Catholic teaching, and for the Murtaugh’s to permit John’s venomous anger against Gordon Burrows reveals John Murtaugh willingness to eclipse his Catholic upbringing, and the teaching of the Catholic Church and the Catholic School where Margaret Murtagh is expected to teach Catholic religious practice.
“Two issues here. One is that the Murtaugh’s are willing to besmirch their views to support their candidate of choice Walter over their Catholic upbringing.
“Yet more egregious than the Murtaugh’s dislocated loyalty is that Ms. Walter, as much as she wanted a “Meet and Greet” opportunity under the Murtaugh’s roof, should have respectively recognized that she was placing them in a predicament that she could have graciously suggested to the Murtaugh’s that she was honored by their offer, but that it would be deleterious to their respected name and profession. That is what an honorable and humble person does. Among the three of them, they each, in their own right, soiled themselves.”
The Murtaugh’s reside in Yonkers; they live within the area served by the Bronxville Post Office.
Witnesses have advised the Yonkers Tribune that after the League of Women Voters’ sanctioned debate concluded, and upon Westchester County Legislator Burrows and his fiancé departed the forum, they were accosted by Bronxville High School students who encircled them, carrying placards of Ms. Walter’s face above his head and photographing his reaction and the fear exacted upon his fiancé. The Yonkers Tribune is familiar with this “New Left” tactic that attempts to dominate a situation of their creation, and an effort to exact a retaliatory response that undermines the credibility of those being verbally assaulted. This tactic is promoted on the “down low” as a sanctioned intimidation tactic by the Democratic Party’s Indivisible, albeit burgeoning faction. If only the faction that had attended the debate capable of verbalizing their issues at the debate and / or thereafter respectfully, perhaps they would be more readily heard. Their tactics are alien to American discourse and is prone to eventually fail.
Interestingly enough, the Yonkers Tribune is familiar with a similar League of Women Voter’s debate that took place about two years ago where Ms.Walter posted statements made at the debate despite being admonished to not do so. So much for decorum, or rather lack thereof.
Further still, the Yonkers Tribune has gained access to the Armor Villa Neighborhood Association President Steve Wagner’s letter of Tuesday, October 29, 2019, that was addressed to Ms. Walter and her attending campaign personnel.
Mr. Steve Wagner wrote: “I need to bring to your attention several issues that have become a matter of concern amongst all of us who helped organize the debate last evening. As you were made aware, this event is conducted under the auspices of the League of Women Voters of the Rivertowns and is conducted under their rules. These rules include absolute no political material for or against any candidate including buttons, banners, pamphlets etc. These rules were made clear to your campaign prior to the invitation for you to participate in the debate.
“Prior to, during and after the event there was a large gaggle of young people carrying placards with your image and other campaign material on the premises and inside the debate room. They were asked multiple times by both … the organizers, league representatives and Sarah Lawrence College personnel to dispose of all these materials and some was confiscated, but the young people kept returning with more placards. This is a serious issue not only because of its unfair and disruptive nature but also because it jeopardizes the not for profit status of the college, the participating associations and the League of Women Voters if it is perceived that we did not take sufficient steps to have all such material prohibited from not only the room but from being brought on campus.
“Furthermore, the behavior of some of these students inside the debate room was disruptive and disrespectful to the serious debate underway between you and your candidate. I received numerous complaints from other attendees after the event.
“Further, I just received some campaign literature from you stating that due to the over capacity crowd that was there for you the walls opening the space up had to be removed. In truth, given the large number of participating organizations supporting the event this year, it was impossible to make any accurate determination as to the political affiliation of the attendees with any accuracy. Therefore to make such a claim is disingenuous and misleading.
“The other issue relates to the archival video of the event. I want to be clear that any of us who use the videotape whether for archival purposes on any other approved use may not edit the footage in any way shape or form in accordance with League of Women Voters Rules that I believe you signed off on prior to the debate.
“Finally, I was disturbed to learn that following the debate, as Gordon Burrows was exiting the room he was accosted by a group of unruly young students carrying placards with your image on them. They surrounded him and took video of him with their cellphones with the signs carrying your image held above him. When his campaign aide asked them to cease and desist, she was threatened by some in the group. This is totally unacceptable behavior and quite frankly reflects badly on you and your campaign staff. All of us who work to put this event on pride ourselves on the effort we put forward to run a professional event, abide by the rules and recognize this is an important civic activity designed to build voter awareness and participation.
“While talking about what transpired at this event is in a sense spilled milk, I need to make you aware that after discussions with Sarah Lawrence College, I will be asking for security to be on hand to prohibit any campaign material from the premises and escort any unauthorized or unruly individuals from entering or remaining in the building and on the campus when we again host any type of debate or discussion on the campus. We organize these events at our own expense and we believe they serve an important civic function. We expect and demand that all campaigns adhere to the rules and the long established protocols of these events.”
The letter to Ms. Walter was signed, “Respectfully, Steve Wagner.”
This telling is as real as it gets. Ms. Walter’s conduct and that of her campaign is wanting on many more fronts. The ones mentioned go to reveal the flaws, demeanor, deceitful duality of conduct that is in juxtaposition to that which she espouses. She is gifted with a soft voice, easy on the ears, but shrill to the thinking mind.
Election Day is Tuesday, November 5.
The debauchery of the political dogma defined by candidate Ruth Walter is her willingness to deceive the voter. Can the residents who expect to be represented in Westchester County Legislative District 15 trust Ruth Walter? I suggest, as defined in this Hezitorial, that she cannot be trusted to govern in a balanced manner, cannot be trusted to trash the bias and bigotry she harbors, nor can the anguish and pain she has exacted upon others be dismissed as if to suggest she has been exonerated.