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Supporters of a Facebook page demanding that Rick Brainard resign his post before he takes office plan to pack Grand Junction City Council chambers tonight.

Brainard, who was elected to the council earlier this month, has said he will not resign despite being charged with third-degree assault and harassment in an alleged domestic violence incident against his girlfriend.

The Facebook page invites people to attend the 7 p.m. meeting at City Hall and to speak up during the citizen comment period. Two current councilors, Bennett Boeschenstein and Jim Doody, plan to present a resolution at the meeting tonight, asking that Brainard not take office.

“Grand Junction doesn’t want a City Council Member who hits women,” the Facebook page reads. “This group is for residents who do not want to see Rick Brainard sit on City Council following his recent arrest and verbal admission of striking and slapping his partner in a domestic violence incident.”

Brainard was voted into office April 2, but he and the other newly elected members won’t take the oath of office until May 6.

Additionally, two online petitions have been created seeking Brainard’s removal on the care2petitionsite.

Headlines for the petitions read “Demand Rick Brainard’s Resignation” and “Woman-Beating Councilmember Must Go.”

Each petition had about 70 signatures as of late Tuesday afternoon.

A sampling of comments on those sites read, “Grand Junction can do better than Rick Brainard” and ” ‘she needed to shut her mouth’ is never a justification for violence.”

Councilor Tom Kenyon said he also will back a resolution calling for Brainard to step down.

Kenyon will not be serving with Brainard, as he was defeated in his bid for a second term by challenger Phyllis Norris.

“How embarrassing for our community,” Kenyon said by phone Tuesday.

“I don’t think the women in our community are going to allow him to go forward. It just shows he can’t control himself. I think his ego is so big it controls him,” Kenyon said.

Brainard’s attorney, Steve Laiche, did not return a call seeking comment Tuesday.

Facebook creators also are demanding that the other current councilors and newly elected councilors who have remained silent on the issue comment on Brainard’s resignation.

A crowd of about 100 people rallied in front of City Hall on Friday denouncing domestic abuse and demanding that Brainard resign. Brainard said in a statement that he will not step down.

Brainard was arrested April 6 after, according to an arrest affidavit, he admitted pushing his girlfriend, grabbing her hair and slapping her because she needed to “shut her mouth.”



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I agree generally with Cherlyn Crawford’s April, 17, 2013 letter to the editor concerning the Brainard brouhaha, but I would have added more.
When I was a kid, parents drilled into boys’ heads that “boys just don’t hit girls”, period. So this obviously isn’t a defense of boys/men hitting girls/women. Nor do I know Brainard from the man in the moon. Having said that, and as a men’s rights advocate — there are far fewer of us than there are misandristic gender feminists (women have learned to network, men haven’t) — I would say this particular soap opera circus is a joke.
If I were a woman, I would not stay for one second with a violent man. And as a man I would boot any woman out of my house who would complain to government authorities about a domestic argument that got a little out of hand. That’s too much like a modern kid calling the government because s/he got a few swats on the bottom. They do it because they can.
So, is the woman still living with Brainard? If so, both he and she are disordered, codependent jokes.
Letter writer Don Pettygrove has a valid-but-naive point about due process and presumption of innocence. Problem is, America has become a full-blown police state where the U.S Constitution and rule of law are dead. Everything is political manipulation. All the misandristic gender feminists come out from under their rocks to bemoan one man slapping one woman during a domestic argument, but nobody cares that we have a blatantly constitutionally ineligible usurper in the office of President who used forged documents to get there — all because he was elected twice don’tcha know. Using that same beyond-stupid “reasoning”, Brainard won his election don’tcha know— so what’s the problem?
And where is all the concern over the fact that, thanks to “affirmative action” and “diversity”, we have militant misandristic gender feminists sitting on family court benches? Where is all the concern over the fact that it is federal policy that fathers have no due process rights when it comes to child-support enforcement? Hmmm? Why is there no concern over the fact that fathers routinely get screwed over because local communities get substantially matching Soc Sec funds for all the money they can illegally squeeze out of “deadbeat” dads?
Last, but not least, let’s not forget local political realities. If the identical accusation had been made against such as Jay Seaton or Tim Foster, you can bet your sweet bippy (and last dollar) that the story would never had made the Sentinel.
Ain’t life wunnerful?!

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