Kelly Thomas' Dad: I Want to be Fullerton's Mayor

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Fullerton Mayor Ron Thomas?
Ron Thomas, the man whose 37-year-old son was savagely killed by Fullerton police last July, announced tonight that he eventually wants to be named the city's mayor.

Thomas told the Weekly's Brandon Ferguson that he hopes Fullerton can reorganize as a charter city where the mayor runs the government with a weak, subservient city manager.

"Once we can get this a charter city, I'm moving to Fullerton and running for mayor," Thomas said.

The announcement came as early election returns show that Fullerton voters have agreed to recall the city council's majority of Dick Jones, Don Bankhead and Pat McKinley after they callously downplayed the unnecessary killing of an unarmed Thomas by a group of cops.

"I'm headed into battle," said Thomas. "I would continue to grind those three (Jones, Bankhead and McKinley) into the ground and I will continue to grind [their possible replacements] until I get my answers [about the killing of my son]."

Thomas made his statement outside the Pint House in Fullerton where recall leader Tony Bushala, the man who used his blog to make the Thomas killing international news, and his allies have gathered.

Inside the pub, Orange County Supervisor Shawn Nelson celebrated and said, "There was a bully in the school yard and somebody [Bushala] had to have the balls to stand up and punch them in the mouth."

In early voting returns, Travis Kiger--one of the reform candidates hoping to win a seat on the council--is building an impressive lead.

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JustaThought
JustaThought

To the person below me. 

I thought the same. I mean I'm following this from Britain and I'm seeing Ron all over FB talk about how upset he is blah blah blah but I wonder...where the hell was he when Kelly was homeless? He was homeless for a reason, why wasn't Ron there to help? He comes out now into the limelight. Before - Kelly was a disgrace, a letdown, of a son. And Ron didn't want to know. 

Fullerton Business Owner
Fullerton Business Owner

Kelly lived behind my shop for more then two years. I saw him everyday. Do you know how many times his loving father showed up there in over two yeras? ZERO, NONE! Not once did Ron show up with a sandwhich or a blanket!! People say he could not do anything and I agree he could not force meds etc but he could of showed up with food or anything!! Since day one it has been all about him not his son!! He said he didnot recognize Kelly because of the beard. Kelly had that beard for over a year which proves my point more. I support Kelly but Ron has turned me off so much from this issue..People like myself who cared and saw Kelly everyday get disgusted when we see his bs and self absorbed, ego-maniac behavior!! If you cared about your son you would of stopped by atleast ONCE in two years to see him, to hold him, to feed him. Now you just feed your ego!! REAL talk... 

Fullerton Business Owner
Fullerton Business Owner

Kelly lived behind my shop for more then two years. I saw him everyday. Do you know how many times his loving father showed up there in over two yeras? ZERO, NONE! Not once did Ron show up with a sandwhich or a blanket!! People say he could not do anything and I agree he could not force meds etc but he could of showed up with food or anything!! Since day one it has been all about him not his son!! He said he didnot recognize Kelly because of the beard. Kelly had that beard for over a year which proves my point more. I support Kelly but Ron has turned me off so much from this issue..People like myself who cared and saw Kelly everyday get disgusted when we see his bs and self absorbed, ego-maniac behavior!! If you cared about your son you would of stopped by atleast ONCE in two years to see him, to hold him, to feed him. Now you just feed your ego!! REAL talk... 

Fullerton Business Owner
Fullerton Business Owner

Kelly lived behind my shop for more then two years. I saw him everyday. Do you know how many times his loving father showed up there in over two yeras? ZERO, NONE! Not once did Ron show up with a sandwhich or a blanket!! People say he could not do anything and I agree he could not force meds etc but he could of showed up with food or anything!! Since day one it has been all about him not his son!! He said he didnot recognize Kelly because of the beard. Kelly had that beard for over a year which proves my point more. I support Kelly but Ron has turned me off so much from this issue..People like myself who cared and saw Kelly everyday get disgusted when we see his bs and self absorbed, ego-maniac behavior!! If you cared about your son you would of stopped by atleast ONCE in two years to see him, to hold him, to feed him. Now you just feed your ego!! REAL talk... 

Mcginnisdarla@gmail.com
Mcginnisdarla@gmail.com

Omg my heart just breaks when I read these comments and I see that so many people have no clue when it comes to mental illness. I wish people would at least try to become informed before being so judgmental. Especially with such a tragedy.

ElaineP
ElaineP

To MurderOfCrows:  YES!!!!!

ElaineP
ElaineP

Chris:  YES!!!  You are obviously extremely knowledgeable regarding this situation and probably either have a mentally ill relative or else you are a professional in the mental health field.  You have described this perfectly, including a description of a 5150.  As the mother of a severely mentally man who was on the ground by choice, I know that you are RIGHT!!!

WeRuleNotYou
WeRuleNotYou

"Unedcucated People."  Now that is rich, Karen.  Can you comprehend why?  Also, what exactly is a Twiker and should I fear them?

WeRuleNotYou
WeRuleNotYou

People who don't know how to spell losers probably shouldn't be calling other people losers.

sgt Friday
sgt Friday

lets see his wife took the city for a cool ez million and for sure he is waiting for a bigger payout, and nobody cares that he and his adult kid who by the way he himself could not take care of or keep in his house (living on the streets is not acceptable way of living) have ruin the lifes of some fine Fullerton police officers now wants to try and take over running fullerton? also i can not believe all the hate that these fine police officers has taken over this. Sit back and put yourself in there shoes deal with the scum and just plain loosers daily, they run into this unstable person who will not follow orders etc until all control is lost. thats my 2 cents

Gigi905
Gigi905

What happened to Ron. He doesnt like the feedback?

OC Citizen
OC Citizen

Gloria doesn't want to be mayor of Fullerton dumbass!

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reflective stop signs

I would continue to grind those three (Jones, Bankhead and McKinley) into the ground and I will continue to grind [their possible replacements] until I get my answers [about the killing of my son]."

Truth714
Truth714

Fern, your city just got bought by Tony. Tony or any one of the new council members give a rats ass about Kelly or Ron Thomas. Tony has all of them in his pocket now so he can get all of his projects passed by the city. I'm not sure if things will get any worse or better, just probably stay the same. Tony makes millions off his future projects and his new council members make a little cash on the side......by the way I live in Fullerton.

Truth714
Truth714

Ron, your lies are catching up with you. Your not who you say you are and you havnt done what you say you have done. It's all coming out. Just climb back in your hole before it gets worse.....bye Ron

John J.
John J.

Yeah... thanks Ron, but no thanks.

NAFTASUCKS
NAFTASUCKS

Mr. Thomas would just turn his back on the city the same way he did his son.

Chris
Chris

 You're an idiot.  Ron Thomas did everything he could for his son.  His son was an ADULT, and there wasn't anything more he could legally do for him.  He tried to get his son to come back to live with him, but Kelly wanted to live on the streets.  He couldn't force Kelly to take medication or stay with him.  By law, you can't force someone to stay in a hospital against their will, except for a 72 hour evaluation period and only if they're an immediate danger to themselves or others.  What was he supposed to do, keep Kelly tied up in a locked room?

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