Christine Blasey Ford will receive city proclamation privately

Christine Blasey Ford testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee. AP photo.

BY ALLISON LEVITSKY
Daily Post Staff Writer

Palo Alto City Council won’t be presenting a proclamation to Brett Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford at a public meeting in the council chambers.

Instead, Palo Alto University President Maureen O’Connor has asked Mayor Liz Kniss to “quietly” give the proclamation to the school, which employs Ford.

“At some point they’ll give it to her,” Kniss said. “Unless she someday wants to get the proclamation (at City Council), we will do that.”

Ongoing privacy concerns were cited as the reason for skipping a public presentation of the proclamation, Kniss said. Ford’s attorneys have said that the south Palo Alto resident has received numerous death threats. As a result, Ford and her family have moved four times between Sept. 16 and Oct. 3, according to a statement on a GoFundMe page.

On Oct. 1, Kniss announced her plan to publicly commend Ford’s bravery in testifying against now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who she said tried to rape her at a party when they were in high school.

Kavanaugh denied the allegations, and after the FBI interviewed nine people, the Senate voted to confirm Kavanaugh’s lifetime appointment on Oct. 6.

Public presentation had been planned

Kniss said last month that the proclamation would take place at the City Council meeting on Oct. 29, but it ended up being postponed.

While several rallies were held in Palo Alto in support of Ford in September, Kniss said she had heard “as much support for her as I did against her.”

“Something that I thought was so brave and courageous and so forth, some people didn’t, and that’s disappointing,” Kniss said.

Hasn’t returned to work

Palo Alto University spokeswoman Rebecca Levy said yesterday that Ford was not back teaching and that she didn’t know anything about her whereabouts.

“I would guess that after what happened that she is keeping a pretty low profile right now,” Levy said. “There really hasn’t been any contact with the school as far as I know, or very little if she’s talked to Maureen.”

Supporters raised more than $800,000 for Ford’s security and moving expenses in two GoFundMe campaigns.

Ford thanked donors for their support in a statement posted to a GoFundMe page on Oct. 3.

“The costs for security, housing, transportation and other related expenses are much higher than we anticipated and they do not show signs of letting up,” Ford said. “I believed and still believe that it was my civic duty to come forward, but this is by far the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do, much harder even than I thought it would be.”

7 Comments

  1. I was hoping this would be a public event so we could find out which voice she was going to use, the normal adult woman voice or the little girl voice she used at the Senate hearing.

  2. Blasey Ford raised over $1 million in crowdfunding, so the suggestion she had nothing to gain is obviously wrong… And the 414-page Senate report has strong evidence she was mistaken in her accusations.

  3. Palo Alto loves a liar…..

    If any of these folks had an accusation with ZERO proof of one of their Spouse, father or son, that they would think it is fair and offer the same prolomation to that accuser???

    Use some common sense folks.

  4. Thank you Mayor Liz Kniss for recognizing the bravery of Christine Blasey Ford coming forward as a sexual assault survivor in probably the most public way possible in this country and doing her civic duty to stop a sexual predator from a lifetime appointment on the SCOTUS. Ford will forever be a hero in the ongoing feminist movement in this country. And that she is still receiving death threats speaks volumes about which party in this country really incites the most violence amongst its members.

  5. Thank you Mayor Liz Kniss for recognizing the bravery of Christine Blasey Ford coming forward as a sexual assault survivor in probably the most public way possible in this country and doing her civic duty to stop a sexual predator from a lifetime appointment on the SCOTUS. Ford will forever be a hero in the ongoing feminist movement in this country. And that she is still receiving death threats speaks volumes about which party in this country really incites the most violence among its members.

  6. Women supported her like lemmings, what a shame. She doesn’t deserve any acknowledgement, it’s all political. Dems did the same thing and there was no outrage. Dems are so desperate.

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