Isadore Hall unleashes ‘obscenity-laced tirade’ at critics & threatens to abuse his authority to ‘get’ them

ALRB board designate Isadore Hall unleashed an “obscenity-laced tirade” at his critics and threatened to abuse his authority to “get” them, a state senator said in an open letter.

Hall made the threatening rant in the Hyatt hotel in Sacramento the night before his March 1 confirmation hearing.

The threats underscore Pick Justice’s concerns that Hall, who led a UFW march opposing farmworkers who voted to de-certify the union, is incapable of serving as an impartial farmworker advocate.

Senator sent letter to De León & Brown

News of Hall’s tirade came from Senator Andy Vidak (R), who wrote in a letter to state Senate President Pro Tempore Kevin De León (D) that the allegations are serious and should delay Hall’s full Senate confirmation.

Vidak copied the letter to Governor Jerry Brown, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, and all state senators, and posted it to his website today. A PDF of the letter is here.

Vile threats

Senator Vidak didn’t reveal the exact nature of the threats, but Flash Report‘s Katy Grimes got some details. Here’s what she reported this afternoon:

I also heard about Hall’s “obscenity-laced tirade.” I was told Hall said, “Are you the mother******s here to testify against me tomorrow?” Hall then allegedly said, “I have a memory and I am going to get you,” delivering a threat. My sources said Hall dropped the mother*****r F-bomb numerous times in a hair-raising, threatening tone to the farmers.

‘Consistent, credible, and very disturbing’

Senator Vidak received multiple reports from what he considers reliable sources that Hall threatened the critics with revenge, and called for a full investigation. In this case, the critics were farmers, but Pick Justice has received word that Hall wants to fight farmworkers critical of the UFW, as well.

The critics are fearful to come forward because of the threats from an official appointed by the governor, said Senator Vidak.

“Over the last few days I have personally heard from several witnesses whose reports appear consistent, credible, and very disturbing,” Vidak said in the letter.

“On the eve of his confirmation hearing before the Senate Rules committee, the witnesses tell me that Agricultural Labor Relations Board (ALRB) Commissioner Isadore Hall, in an obscenity-laced tirade, threatened to use his position to ‘get’ several farmers who oppose his confirmation.  The incident occurred at the Hyatt on February 28,” Vidak wrote.

‘Fear of retaliation’

The sources are reluctant come forward and identify themselves because of “fear of retaliation,” Vidak said. In the senator’s words, “If true, this is indeed disconcerting and disheartening.  We know the names of those who were present, but due to a fear of retaliation, those individuals are reluctant to come forward.”

Vidak requests immediate action

Senator Vidak made three formal requests:

  1. A Senate Rules Committee investigation of the incident, with findings reported to the full Senate. The Rules Committee, under De León’s chairmanship, held Hall’s March 1 confirmation hearing. Pick Justice was there to make statements opposing Hall for to the ALRB.
  2. That the Senate Rules Committee request witness testimony and immunize the witnesses from retaliation.
  3. Postponement of Hall’s confirmation by the full Senate until the facts are resolved.

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