One day after losing major endorsements over his online comments, Council District 1 candidate Joe Bray-Ali today disclosed “the dirt on me,” which included sleeping with several women who were not his wife and that his former bike shop owes thousands of dollars in unpaid sales taxes, according to a story in the L.A. Daily News.
Bray-Ali, in an email to The Eastsider, explained why he decided to expose his personal issues to the public:“I chose to clearly state the things about me I am ashamed and embarrassed about to get them in the open now, instead of waiting for an opposition mailer (which are no doubt already prepared) to send shock waves through my life and distracting attention in this race away from the issues. I am flawed, I am human, and I am still the best choice in this election.”
This week, Bray-Ali said he was sorry for posting comments on controversial online forums, reports LAist.com. Bray-Ali made the comments on such online forums as “v/Niggers” and also those devoted to making fun of overweight persons, according to the story.
On Thursday, the L.A. Times, in a rare move, rescinded its endorsement of Bray-Ali after he admitted to posting comments on several controversial online forums. 13th District Councilman Mitch O’Farrell, who publicly threw his support behind Bray-Ali only three weeks ago, also rescinded his endorsement as did the East Area Progressive Democrats.
In his Facebook posting today, Bray-Ali described his problems:“Flying Pigeon-LA, LLC [his former bike shop] owes the State Board of Equalization for a failure to pay an audit and several quarters of sales taxes. The amount is ~$48,000 the last time I bothered to open the envelope
– I slept with several other women from 2011 to 2014. Not my wife. For a time I even had a Tinder profile.
– I painted bike symbols (sharrows) in the middle of the night with friends, and on camera with German documentary film maker.
– I have said many profane, rude, statements to people I’ve gotten into arguments with online.”
The runoff election is scheduled for May 16. The First Council District includes all or portions of Angeleno Heights, Cypress Park, Echo Park, Glassell Park, Highland Park, Lincoln Heights and Mount Washington. Don’t Know What District You Are In? Go Here
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