Well… I’ve always been rather blunt that my primary goal as a blogger is to get the MSM to pick up on stories that I think are significant. Kirby Wilbur and Dori Monson graciously gave me some time on the air today, I taped a piece for KIRO radio news, and the Seattle P-I this morning follows up on my post about the Irons family feud, that includes the explosive allegation that David Irons Jr. hit his mother.
But the posting by David Goldstein, an unabashed liberal who runs a blog at www.horsesass.org, highlights other elements in the Irons family wrangling predating the 1999 race.
David Irons Jr.’s mother, Janet C. Irons, said Thursday that Goldstein’s posting was accurate, including the description of the 1994 confrontation in which, she said, her son “knocked me flat” during a heated argument.
Yes, I am an unabashed, liberal blogger with no journalism training, who takes notes in a nearly illegible scrawl… but I take pride in getting my facts straight. The story I told is the story the Irons family told me — a story that is about much more than a single incident. And I stand by my decision to share their story with the public.
David Jr. denied to the P-I that he hit his mother, claiming instead that she suffered from a diabetic seizure. And his sister, Janet A. Irons — also estranged from her parents — backs him up.
But David Irons’ older sister, Janet A. Irons, backs her brother’s assertion that he didn’t strike their mother and said, “I wasn’t told anything about that in 1994. It was only years subsequent that (my mother) said anything. It wasn’t until my brother ran against Mr. Derdowski that my mother remembered lots of awful things about David.”
Janet A., an attorney, makes a very lawyerly defense of her brother… the kind of defense one might make in court in a similar abuse case. Both to the P-I, and in my post’s comment thread, she questions the details of her mother’s story, and asks why she didn’t talk about it a the time.
Well… she did talk about it at the time… just not to her daughter Janet. The youngest Irons sibling, Di, worked in the office with her mother at the family business, and remains close to her parents both emotionally and physically, living in the house next door. While she did not witness the incident, she says she did see the torn up state of the office after the struggle, and her mother confided in her the painful details at the time. The story Di says her mother told her in the immediate aftermath of the confrontation is largely the same as the story her mother told me last week, and which she emotionally defended to the P-I:
His mother ridiculed her son’s explanation of her collapse, although she said she does suffer from diabetes. If she experienced a seizure, she asked, why didn’t her son call for medical assistance?
“For years, he’s told lies about us, and nobody questions him,” she said.
“It breaks my heart, but it couldn’t be any more broken than what he’s done. He has destroyed a great deal of everything I’ve spent my life thinking is important.”
In the comment thread on my original post, Janet A also disputes other elements of the longer story I posted, including the assertion that David Jr. was not involved in the day to day operations and management of the company. But it needs to be pointed out that Janet A. was not involved in the day to day operations and management of the company either; she served as the company’s attorney. It was her parents who owned and operated the company, not the children, a sore issue that may have been a flash point in David Jr.’s knockdown outburst.
“I had told him to get out of my office and he wouldn’t leave,” Janet C. Irons, 73, said. “I said, ‘David, I own the place and you’re an employee. Leave.’ ”
Her son then struck her, she said. “I tried to call 911 after he hit me. He tore the phone out of the wall.”
There were no witnesses to the incident in which David Jr. allegedly struck his mother, so yes, this is a he said/she said kind of story. But I found the telling very convincing. I did not ask about the incident until halfway through my conversation with Janet C., and her tone immediately changed. This was clearly a painful, traumatic memory, her voice quivering with emotion as she recalled the confrontation. I cannot possibly know the truth of what transpired that day, but there is absolutely no doubt in my mind that David Jr.’s mother believes her son hit her.
[Oh man… I just heard Janet C. recount her story on the Dave Ross Show. There really isn’t any more to say than has just been said. So I’ll just stop for the moment.]