Skip to comments.More to Lockyer story than meets the eye
Posted on 02/18/2012 9:04:16 PM PST by SmithL
At 2:40 a.m. Feb. 3, police in Newark responded to a 911 call from the Homewood Suites Motel.
A distraught woman said she had been attacked by an ex-boyfriend. Her head and neck injuries required medical treatment.
Sounds like your classic domestic violence complaint. Only, the victim was Alameda County Supervisor Nadia Lockyer. Lockyer is married to state Treasurer Bill Lockyer, 70, who has been prominent in state politics for four decades. His wife, 40, is viewed as a rising star.
Which makes this one hot political mess.
The incident had been hush-hush until a report appeared last Sunday in the San Francisco Chronicle.
The next day, Nadia Lockyer announced that she had gone into rehab for chemical dependency -- stemming, she said, from an old car accident. She also disclosed that she had had an extramarital affair. The Lockyer camp says the couple had been separated but recently reunited.
"Alcoholism and addiction are diseases from which many of us suffer," she said, "and unfortunately I have not been spared."
Politician gets caught in compromising situation with someone other than her spouse, announces that she is seeking treatment for substance abuse.
That story line is not uncommon in public life.
What is bizarre is Bill Lockyer's initial explanation for his wife's presence at the motel with another man. Lockyer told the Chronicle that he and his wife had had a phone argument. After they hung up, he said, she went to the motel to comfort her suicidal ex-boyfriend. "He seems to have a long history of involvement with the criminal justice system," Lockyer was quoted as saying, "but her only fault is occasionally having one too many drinks."
Was that a clumsy attempt at damage control?
It raises more questions than it silences.
Why was Nadia Lockyer really in a motel room at almost 3 in the morning with an allegedly "ex" boyfriend? What made him to attack her as she reported to the police?
Nadia Lockyer's car accident was in 1999. How long has she suffered from substance abuse? Has she ever been in rehab before this?
What substances is she being treated for? How long will she be in rehab?
How will this affect her ability to carry out her duties as an elected official?
How many more sordid details will emerge?
Stephen Chikhani, the man Nadia Lockyer is accusing of attacking her, denied her account. He told the Oakland Tribune that the only truths were "that I have a record and that they were separated. ... Pretty much everything else was made up by her husband." The 35-year-old San Jose man has not been charged.
Newark police referred the case to Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley on Feb. 6. Early Thursday, a spokeswoman said the DA was reviewing the police report and medical evidence. Later Thursday, O'Malley said she was turning the case over to Attorney General Kamala Harris due to a potential conflict of interest. O'Malley had endorsed Lockyer for supervisor.
Also, before she was elected supervisor in 2010, Lockyer was director of the Alameda County Family Justice Center, which is overseen by the district attorney's office.
Lockyer had almost no experience as an elected public official when she announced her run for supervisor. She had served on the Santa Ana Unified School Board in Orange County. What she did have was a husband with powerful connections and lots of cash. Bill Lockyer donated $1.1 million to his wife's campaign, which allowed her to outspend her opponents.
The Tribune editorial board did not endorse Lockyer because of the thinness of her resume. We interviewed the candidate and examined her glossy campaign literature. In the end, we felt like we really didn't know much about her.
Turns out we knew even less than we imagined.
The seeming perfection of the couple’s life in their modest split-level house high in the Hayward hills had masked addiction and deceit. Nadia Lockyer, a beautiful, ambitious woman who had hitched her star to an old political warhorse, apparently was anything but happy. In a text message sent the day after Christmas to the “other man” — a fellow substance abuser from San Jose with whom she had her affair — she came across as bitter and angry, all in uppercase.
“THE LAST 3 MONTHS U PUT ME THRU HELL N BACK — N MORE. YOU WILL SEE N FEEL THE PAIN YOUR LIES HAVE INFLICTED IN MY HEART SOUL EVERY MOMENT YOU FIND YOURSELF ALONE OR BORED WITH ANOTHER,” she wrote to Stephen Chikhani in the text message.
A friend of Chikhani’s showed the series of text messages — sent from Nadia Lockyer’s cellphone number — to this newspaper, and the Lockyers’ representatives did not dispute their veracity. The friend said that Chikhani and Nadia Lockyer met while they were in a rehab program in 2010.
An hour after sending the Dec. 26 text, Nadia Lockyer sent Chikhani another: “You stole my house key AND a radioshack giftcard,” she wrote. “If you don’t return both ASAP tonight (or the Iphone you got with card) by leaving them both at our front door TONIGHT — Bill’s security will have to take you into custody. Just leave it at door asap — before its too late — please. We’re far away.”
Court records show Chikhani, 35, has been in trouble with the law at least 10 times since 1997. In 2010, he was stopped in San Jose for driving erratically and ended up spending 90 days in jail for possession of methamphetamine. He was arrested again in September for possessing and being under the influence of the drug.
What, like flu or a cold? She's just a victim of contagion? Not been "spared"? Gimme a break. I was an alcoholic and drug user. I quit. I wasn't a "victim" of a "disease". It was ALL my own fault.
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No offense to this person, whom I do not know and, in fact, I hadn’t heard about until about 60 seconds ago from this very posting. Here’s my intuition after seeing nothing but this photo....
Hyper-efficient, very smart, very sexually provacative, someone who consumes men the way some people eat spare ribs. Anyone sleeping with this woman would remember the sex for the rest of their lives, and regret it, too. Trouble, in the manner of the tar baby.
Just my inuition from a single photo. I’m probably full of crap, but I’ve been around the barn a few times, sometimes with women like this as a companion. I have burn marks to prove it.
WHY hasn’t Chikhani been CHARGED???? So that MORE info does NOT come out??? hmmmmmmmm.
TYPICAL Democrat!! Childish LAWBREAKER!
2 words... Crazy eyes
One of Lockyer's donors weighs in.
"Duh---that's what most married woman dood after an argument."
You hit the nail on the head. No doubt this woman is personality disordered, as in Borderline Personality Disorder. Usually their victims do not find out until way too late the magnitude of the problems this disorder will cause.
2 words... Crazy eyes
Yup.....there’s those CRAZY EYES ! Every guy needs to take a look at those eyes & when you see them in your next date, run !
lol - this thread is over!
Root cause of the issue at hand has quickly been identified by FReepers!
NO experience for the political position they are holding???
That pretty well describes ALL of the state of California politicians-—from county animal control to the governor!!!!
Given that the governor has served as governor before and as mayor of a major city, one cannot legitimately call him "inexperienced." He may be a crook, he may be a craven grand-stander, he may even be an idiot, but his is not inexperienced.