Jean Goodsell wants to make clear that neither she nor her husband shouted obscenities and anti-Democratic Party abuse over their fence at a crowd gathered to hear congressional candidate Francine Busby speak two weeks ago. Nor did they call the Sheriff’s Department to complain about the event.

The Goodsells live directly to the west of the home on Rubenstein Avenue in Cardiff where, on June 26, the Busby fundraiser erupted in chaos with pepper spray and arrests after a sheriff’s deputy responded to a “noise complaint.”

As I outline in this story, confusion has reigned over who exactly called the Sheriff’s Department and complained about the fundraiser and what the nature of their complaint was. A police report posted on a conservative blog stated that the complaint originated from a neighbor located on Summit Avenue, just west of the home on Rubenstein.

But the Sheriff’s Department won’t say who complained, what they complained about or where they live. Last Thursday, I knocked on the doors of the four homes directly to the west of Rubenstein Avenue. Three families were home. They all professed to be Democrats and all insisted they didn’t make the complaint.

All the people I spoke to said they weren’t even aware of a party going on until the Sheriff’s Department helicopter showed up around 9 p.m.

I called Mike McNally, an investigator at the Sheriff’s Department. He wouldn’t tell me who made the complaint, but confirmed it wasn’t the Goodsells.


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