More hypocrisy from those hypocritical Democrats: Riot breaks out at fundraiser for anti-war left wing Democrat candidate for congress Francine Busby.
Hostess of Busby fundraiser arrested during melee
By Kristina Davis, Union-Tribune Staff Writer
2:22 p.m. June 27, 2009
CARDIFF-BY-THE-SEA — A fundraiser for Francine Busby, who is running for U.S. Congress, ended in chaos Friday night when sheriff's deputies responded to noise complaints and the party's hostess was arrested.
Shari Barman, 60, was booked into Vista jail on suspicion of obstructing a peace officer and battery on a peace officer. She has since been released.
A court appearance has been set for August 11 in Vista Superior Court.
It was unknown if Busby was in attendance; she could not be reached for comment Saturday.
Deputies first went to the Cardiff home on Rubenstein Avenue at 9 p.m. to issue a warning after a neighbor called and complained about the loud party, sheriff's Sgt. Chuck Yancey said.
They returned awhile later when the party hadn't quieted down, and a deputy asked for Barman's date of birth so he could file paperwork alerting the city to the noise complaints.
Sheriff's officials said Barman refused to give the deputy the information, and that's when things got out of control.
A crowd of about 30 to 50 partygoers surrounded Barman when he tried to arrest her, and they were able to separate her from the deputy, Yancey said. Pepper spray was fired on the crowd and the deputies were able to capture her again.
At one point, a person refused to let go of her leg so the deputy could take her away. She also allegedly punched the deputy, Yancey said.
Another woman, whose name was unavailable, was also taken into custody during the melee but cited and released.
The event had been highlighted on Busby's campaign Web site as an evening cocktail party hosted by Barman and her partner, Jane Stratton, who co-founded the Acura Classic tennis tournament in San Diego.
Busby, a Democrat, announced in April her intention to run against Republican Rep. Brian Bilbray for his 50th Congressional District seat in 2010. Bilbray defeated her 53 percent to 44 percent in 2006 to replace disgraced Republican Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham, who was sent to federal prison in the biggest congressional corruption scandal in history.