More information has emerged about how Alameda County Supervisor Nadia Lockyer ended up getting beaten up in a Newark motel room, but the slow pace of revelations and their scandalous nature make clear that the Lockyer family is trying desperately to cover up the complete breakdown of a life, not to mention political career. And, incredibly, some members of the local media continue to aid in the cover up through the sort of discretion and circumspection that would simply not be available to a Republican:
The man described as the ex-boyfriend who allegedly assaulted Alameda County Supervisor Nadia Lockyer at a Newark hotel two weeks ago has a history of methamphetamine arrests dating back 15 years and is facing drug charges in a separate case in San Jose, law enforcement records show.
The 35-year-old San Jose resident is the focus of the investigation into the possible battering of Lockyer, wife of state Treasurer Bill Lockyer, at the Homewood Suites on Cedar Boulevard early Feb. 3, according to Newark police. We're withholding his name because he has not been arrested.
Can't be identified because he hasn't been arrested? That's a new standard I had not previously been aware. This guy is, supposedly, running around beating up public officials, yet he can remain anonymous? Luckily, other local media outlets are more hard-nosed. They are publishing the guy's name, and even the contents of some emails he provided to them.
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.
There was also some panicked texting over a stolen Radio Shack gift card:
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."As you read through those ALL CAPS communications, try to recall that this the 40-year old County Supervisor and wife of the State Treasurer, and not a bi-polar college girl.
Nadia Lockyer and the boyfriend met in a drug rehab program back in 2010, the same year Nadia was running for office. Amazing that the voters, and Nadia's opponents, did not learn this information until now.
Bill Lockyer doesn't often obtain my sympathy, but you can't help feeling bad for the guy. He married into a hellish life. Nadia seems to have told him a story that she couldn't get pregnant because of a car accident injury to her pelvis. But, then, magically, she got pregnant and they married (their son was born two months after the wedding, and if I were Lockyer I would look into taking a paternity test). Whatever you might say about their 30 year age difference, Nadia was happy to use Bill's campaign treasury to bury her political opponents in advertising, and win a seat on the county board. And, all along, she was carrying on a frankly depraved double life of drug use and illicit sex. Bill's largely been silent, but some enterprising journalist managed to catch up with him:
Her husband, whose illustrious political career has spanned four decades, hunkered down in his home. The day after news of the scandal exploded, he answered the door at noon, unshaven and wearing a blue plaid bathrobe.Can't say I would blame Lockyer if he kicked her to the curb.