I was surprised to see this comment on Yolanda Cookson’s blog, under the item I wrote about here about nastiness. It came from clerk-recorder candidate Barry Pruett: “I just get people twisting facts on blogs, but you get true nastiness. I am impressed.”
Here’s why I was surprised at Barry making such allegations. He’s being accused of the very same approach, according to some people have received this email from his clerk-recorder campaign:
“As you probably read in The Union this morning, Gregory Diaz, our appointed clerk-recorder, was sued in federal court last week for giving the trade secrets of one of our own Nevada County tech firms to its Florida competitor.
“Greg’s actions are a violation of the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.
“In January 2009 and after giving the Florida company unfettered access to the Nevada County tech firm’s software, Greg Diaz also convinced the board of supervisors to ratify an indemnification agreement between the county and the Florida company. This agreement means that the Nevada County tax payers will be on the hook for all attorney fees and damages incurred by the Florida company!
“This is one of the many reasons that I decided to run for this position. Together, we are going to end the drama once and for all.
“Please write letters to the editor about how you feel about this issue. We need to keep the pressure up! Thank you for your support!
“Letters to the Editor should be sent by email to email@example.com. Because Angela Diaz is Greg Diaz’ daughter, you should also copy firstname.lastname@example.org. You will likely need to follow up to make sure that Ms. Diaz actually gets your letter into the paper.
Candidate for Clerk-Recorder
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Some observations I’ve received from people who have read this email, including one who was mad enough to drop her support for Pruett for Diaz.
•Though Barry is a lawyer, he declined to use the word “alleged” violations. As of earlier this week, Diaz hadn’t been served with the lawsuit, either.
•There’s some implication that Diaz’ daughter might somehow not do her job, according to some people who read this email. That’s not very nice.
•The request for a letter writing campaign to “keep the pressure up” is a tactic many people find uncool.
As one person who received the email charged: “The local Republican machine does not know when to quit — or at the very least, when to take the high road. I have asked Mr. Pruett to take me off his mailing list and I am going to call Greg’s campaign and volunteer.”
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