Candidate Krupp "Openly Discloses" Himself
Apparently under the assumption that ANY publicity is good publicity, Costa Mesa City Council candidate Marshall Krupp, http://www.costamesaelection2012.com/, continued his flurry of public pronouncements, letters to the editor and press releases with yet another long, long media communication today. This one, however, may not have the effect he anticipated.
WHAT'S THIS ALL ABOUT?
In a four-page press release today Krupp attempts to explain what he perceives to be criticism of his participation in the ManKind Project (read about it HERE). He uses most of the press release to define the project, apparently to help voters understand why he conducted events in which he led men, blindfolded and naked, traipsing through the woods, subsequently sitting in a circle - still naked - using a wooden phallic symbol as a "microphone" to express themselves. For those of you who are not aware of this issue, a piece from the internet, HERE, may be helpful to you.
One of his comments on this issue is stated thus:
"Should a man feel he needs to disrobe and run around in a room, or even in the woods, to tap into an inner primal energy he possesses, a safe, confidential, private setting is created by the staff to do such a process. So yes, there are sometimes when nudity is an optional part of the integrated processes. Ultimately, each man decides what he needs to do to get what he came to get from the weekend experience. It is his choice."
He invites readers to search the internet for different perspectives and views of this "training". Uh, oh!
"OPENLY DISCLOSED MYSELF"
Finally, in the press release he quotes himself as saying, "However, I hope that since I have openly disclosed myself, Costa Mesan’s and particularly the candidates and those who are challenging and questioning my morals and ethics, will now focus on the issues facing the City and the character and values that each of us bring, so that the Community can make decisions from a place of truth."
Since he announced his candidacy Krupp has been omnipresent at municipal meetings - challenging the current city council's policies and practices - has showered local media outlets with press releases and letters to the editor and has pointed out the misuse of student cheerleaders in political campaigns by his opponents. To say that Krupp is conducting an aggressive campaign would be a serious understatement.
HERE COMES KRUPP...
I suspect this most recent press release was an attempt to get out in front of an issue that would surely haunt him during his campaign. However, he's about a month late. It has already become the cowbell around his neck and will remain there until the completion of his campaign and, probably, beyond.
LET THE BATTLES BEGIN...
This is going to be a VERY interesting campaign season. It has the potential to be the most contentious in recent memory. Based on observations of his early campaigning, Krupp's presence will be an integral part of that contentiousness. We'll see.