Tuesday, April 07, 2015
Patrick Martucci: This is the first I've heard about any harassment
The top of page one article in today's edition features this passage:
In a May 2014 police report, Huff's wife Jennifer told the responding officer about what she feared was a pattern of harassment from Patrick Martucci, Jennifer Martucci's husband. On the day of the police call about a disturbance with her trash, she said that about a month prior, she had observed a vehicle drive slowly past her house. She said she waved to be friendly and the male driver, "started yelling at her, asking why she had removed (election) signs from the yard (across the street).
Those election signs, she said, had been for a campaign that Patrick Martucci supported. She said she felt threatened, so she went inside her house with her youngest child. According to the report, she told police that she saw the same vehicle the following day and she said Patrick Martucci was driving it.
Patrrck Martucci told the Turner Report that this was the first he had heard of it. "I was never contacted by the police."
Though C. J. Huff told KOAM/Fox 14 Monday night that the Martucci family had harassed him and his wife and that he was a husband first, Patrick Martucci said Huff has never called him.
"He has never contacted me to say anything about any harassment."
Martucci said that recently he was jogging when C. J. Huff drove by him and waved.
Apparently, Huff prefers to protect his wife and children by going to the media.
The accusations on Fox 14/KOAM appear to be a last desperate attempt by C. J. Huff to turn what started to be a campaign focusing on issues to a campaign focusing on C. J. Huff.
It began with Huff's Facebook attacks on Jennifer Martucci over the weekend, as he released part of a two-year-old e-mail message he received from her about her concerns with redistricting. Huff used the e-mail, which he said showed that Martucci was a snob who did not care about all of the district's children, in a blatant attempt to influence the election.
The reaction to the Facebook post was not what Huff had hoped as people were shocked that he would take to social media at such a late date in the campaign and felt what he did was unprofessional at the least. Martucci's tempered response to the Huff's post also added to the negative reaction to the superintendent.
With public sentiment seeming to be solidly against him, Huff played the wife and kids card, starting, in veiled terms in an Easter Sunday Facebook post that Martucci had harassed his wife and children.
When that heavy-handed broadside also failed, Huff ratcheted the attack another step Monday night, indicating to Fox 14/KOAM that his wife and children were having to cower in their home because they were afraid of the Martuccis.
What is there about strong women that scares C. J. Huff so much?
(Photo: C. J. Huff wears protective gear in case he sees any Martuccis.)