Since relocating here from Indiana, Barry and Kim Pruett have jumped into partisan politics with gusto. Their stripe happens to be staunch GOP.
Trouble is, their roles here are supposed to be more nonpartisan in interacting with the rest of us.
In Barry’s case, he ran for the nonpartisan post of clerk-recorder — and lost in every precinct to incumbent Greg Diaz.
It was a negative campaign with some sharp barbs. Here’s one example: “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 [Angela Diaz' email address]. Because Angela Diaz is Greg Diaz’ daughter, you should also copy [the publisher's email]. You will likely need to follow up to make sure that Ms. Diaz actually gets your letter into the paper. Barry Pruett, Candidate for Clerk-Recorder”
Kim was hired to be McClintock’s field representative. This person “works under the direction of the District Director; represents Member at meetings and events; helps shape Member’s district schedule; accompanies Member to functions; conducts staff outreach,” according to the job description.
We’re a diverse bunch here. Her job includes working with people of all political stripes on nonpartisan issues. But Kim often shows her partisanship — in this case strongly advocating Prop. 23, which McClintock is spearheading.
On Russ Steele’s right-wing blog, Kim took a jab at our state CARB chief, who spoke in Nevada City last night.
“I am not sure if I heard this correctly, but did Mary Nichols say that she flies from L.A. to Sacramento everyday? If so, that has to cost the taxpayer a pretty penny.”
Then she took issue with our ozone problems here, which are well documented. Ozone is an invisible menace, unlike smokestack pollution. “Also, I did not get my question asked, my question was, how did she come up with the evidence that Nevada County has the worst air pollution in the entire United States? I would like to see that data and how she came to that conclusion.”
Then she took issue with CARB. ” Also, they have hired 1,000 workers already, how many more are they planning to hire after they start fully implementing AB32? And how many jobs in manufacturing, construction, etc., will we lose in this state when they cannot meet or afford the coming regulations? Those are the questions that I would have asked last night if I had had the opportunity.”
I would hope that the Congressional liaison would show a more nonpartisan demeanor. After all, you have to work with a diverse bunch of people. The goal is to work together and bring government support to our area.
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