Lawmaker should resign immediately
Mary Hayashi should resign immediately, if she still has any self-respect.
She asserts that it was a one-time, honest mistake. Why was she under store surveillance after being suspected of taking clothes previously? Why did she carry in an old Neiman Marcus bag in the store?
Was the final reason for distraction a cellphone call, or was she confused because of the brain tumor?
Why would the health issue only affect her judgment during the shoplifting incident, but not affect her judgment when voting on past issues and in the future?
Why were her colleagues unaware of her condition?
She argues that she has nothing to hide, but she agreed to a plea bargain that makes sure the evidence, including the store video, will never be released to the public, does not officially admit guilt, allows her to continue to collect her salary/keep her position, and allows the possibility of using her large campaign war chest for a future Senate run.
Her constituents deserve the facts; since she has refused to provide them, she is either ethically and/or medically unfit to continue in her position.
Hayashi is a thief, and voters can't trust her
She is a thief. We have enough crooks and thieves in office.
Who can trust her? I can't.
Legislator unfit for office, should leave now
If she does have a brain tumor, she is not fit for office anyway. I don't think an ordinary citizen would be able to get away with this.
I want her out, along with any other thief or thieves they find in office.
Want her to answer to her constituents
Although it would be the noble thing to do, I would rather Mary Hayashi didn't resign since I will be opposing her when the elections come around and, if she's running, she will need to answer for her actions to her constituents.
I plan to make this a major point in why she's not fit to serve the people.
Larry E. Jackson
Feel sorry for Hayashi, but she must step down
If this incident was due to poor judgment triggered by the tumor, Mary Hayashi's judgment and decision-making abilities as a legislator may likewise be affected. I definitely feel sorry for her, but the state's problems are too serious to afford someone who isn't operating at full capacity. She should step aside.
Hayashi should get benefit of the doubt
If Mary Hayashi really does have some kind of tumor on her brain, then we have to give her the benefit of the doubt.
If she did it because she has a problem, then it won't be the last time this happens. Then she should be removed from office.
Let's give her the benefit of the doubt.
Let's get right to the point
She is no longer trustworthy.
Loyal Democrat says Hayashi should resign
I am a loyal Democrat and have voted for Mary Hayashi in her previous elections to the Assembly.
However, the circumstances of this case make it appear as though she intentionally went in to shoplift and the evidence against her led to a no-contest plea.
Thus, our assemblywoman is on probation for three years. Her brain-tumor defense came off as a weak excuse meant to fool gullible voters.
We need a higher standard for our representatives, so Hayashi should do the right thing and resign.
She simply cannot have it both ways
Oh, give me a break.
Honey, you can't have it both ways: Either your brain tumor makes it hard for you to know right from wrong, and you should resign; or you don't have a brain tumor, but you don't care about right from wrong. Either way, my vote is that Mary Hayashi is out, and in no way should be in any position of control over others as she can't control her own impulses.
The sad part is that I think about 90 percent of elected officials are the same as she is, and they should all be out of their jobs and ultra-generous lifelong benefits (retirement, medical, etc.) resulting from their lofty elected positions while the rest of us toil away in the new American Retirement Plan called the W.O.R.K. Plan (until you drop!)
Violated the trust of the people
Holding political office means the person was voted into that office by the public. Shoplifting violates the trust of the people.
South San Francisco
Name should not earn her a pass
Heck, yes, the Common Joe would have to.
Come on, her medical problem caused it? Just because she is a "name" in the news doesn't mean she receives a pass.
Assemblywoman must step down
Mary Hayashi should resign immediately. First, she blames her cellphone and says she got distracted, then along comes her brain tumor that caused her to shoplift.
If this is all true, then how can she make decisions as a legislator?
It's all bogus.
She is guilty as sin.
What does she think, that we came in on a load of pumpkins? I would be too embarrassed if I was her. I would be hiding out. I'd be so ashamed.
Needs helps, but must make a public apology
I believe that Mary Hayashi needs treatment for her illness, and she should get it immediately. After that, she can return to work. She is ill, and sick people need help, not being ostracized. It will be uncomfortable for sure, but she has to face it as part of the healing process.
Look at all the bad acts men commit who are in public office. They seem to find their way back to work, and are accepted.
I think she needs to make a public apology and talk about it to some extent. Bill Clinton was a master of the public apology, and people welcomed him back every time. And he was the president.
Hayashi should have the opportunity, too. She didn't kill anyone or hurt a child, which is not to downplay felony shoplifting. But she's worked hard to get to where she is and deserves a chance.
Huge disappointment, and excuse was worse
I'm a loyal Democrat and I voted for Mary Hayashi. It was a huge disappointment what she did and, worse, the excuse that she agreed to use to explain her action.
Can she (or someone) explain to me how she had the right store bag when the shoplifting happened? She should step down or be recalled.
She should never run for any public office again.
Shame on you, Hayashi -- if you know the real meaning of shame.
Rosalina Yoshii Simpson
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