Bakersfield, CA: Along with their metropolitan suburbanite cousins in Orange County, Kern County is one of the more premier districts of Conservatisms in the ‘Bluest’ of Blue States in America.
In the 2008 Election, 58% of Kern County voted for McCain and 75% supported Prop 8. Given this safe haven for Conservatives, even off the cuff comments during dinner conversation like “If I ever get a terminal illness, I’m going to take out Obama and Pelosi” can land you into hot water. Something that Kern County resident Bill Sekeres is now starting to find out.
Retiree miffed by Secret Service visit
Bill Sekeres of Bakersfield is in a bit of trouble with the U.S. Secret Service.
The 73-year-old retired executive may or may not have threatened to “take out” the president of the United States during idle dinner conversation recently at a Bakersfield restaurant.
Sekeres says he can’t recall whether he also included Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi in his alleged threat because he isn’t sure he made a threat, and if he did make a threat, well, he didn’t really mean it.
“Truthfully, I can’t remember if I said this or not — that if I ever get a terminal illness, I’m going to take out Obama and Pelosi,” Sekeres said. “I may have. I may not have. I don’t know,” he said. “If I did, it would have been in jest.”
In any case, someone apparently overheard him and took him seriously enough to alert authorities. On Friday, two agents from the Secret Service office in Fresno drove to Bakersfield to have a not so idle chat with Sekeres.
“It is our job to investigate all threats against the president,” said Gil Lejarde, resident agent in charge of the Fresno office. “We did speak to him. Right now we’re still investigating.”
The way Sekeres remembers it, he and his wife were having dinner with three other couples at Rio Bravo Country Club. “All four of us are conservative ex-service people. We kid around a lot,” Sekeres said. “You know how it is, a group of friends just sitting around.”
Sekeres said it’s “ridiculous” to imagine that he could be capable of posing a serious threat against two highly placed political figures. “How stupid to think that at my age, I could do something like that,” he said. “What kind of place are we living in?”
Complete article at The Bakersfield Californian
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