Palo Alto Should Be Proud Of Christine Blasey Ford, Mayor Says

Matt Bigler
September 27, 2018 - 1:50 pm

Matt Bigler

PALO ALTO — As millions of Americans got their first look at Christine Blasey Ford on Thursday, Palo Alto Mayor Liz Kniss saw a resident of her small city courageously subject herself to the merciless realm of partisan politics and media attention. 

"I cannot believe she is brave enough to do this. I am just astonished. She is clearly scared to death," Kniss said to KCBS Radio while watching the Senate Judiciary Committee's hearing on Thursday morning.

While others debated whether to believe the conflicting testimony of Ford or Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, Kniss said Palo Alto residents should be proud of their neighbor. 

Ford is a professor at Palo Alto University. She and her family have left their home since receiving persistent contact from journalists, and harassing messages and death threats from opponents. 

Kniss recently discussed her personal experience as the victim of two sexual attacks years ago, because of the example set by Ford and other women. With any luck, Kniss said, more women will vote in the midterm election in November. 

“I hope what this does is start some circular kind of thing where each person is willing to speak out, say it happened to me too, and be willing to come forth with that because for the most part, we don’t,” said Kniss in an interview. "Most women do not come forward with their story."

Written By: Arooba Kazmi