As we all know by now, Barry Pruett lost his race for clerk-recorder against incumbent Greg Diaz back in June. In fact, he lost in every precinct, one of the biggest drubbings in county political history.
But I wonder if Barry got the memo that the race is over. He still sounds angry about it.
On Thursday, he accused the Clerk Recorder’s office of an election that was “conducted improperly” because of a delay in ballots.
The report was erroneous and misleading.
As it turns out, Barry didn’t contact the Clerk Recorder’s office to get the real information, nor did his wife, Kim, who works for Tom McClintock. She called a supervisor instead (who told her to call the Elections Office).
“I do not know anyone that has received their ballots yet,” Barry wrote on the blog post.
Then he wrote: “Currently, there are Nevada County military personnel in Germany who have been calling around, because they have not received their ballots yet.”
“Exit Question: If Nevada County did not mail out the ballots yet, did they send them to the overseas voters by September 18th as required by the MOVE Act?” it added.
Huh? The Clerk Recorder’s office issued a press release last Friday that said the ballots were mailed out. It is here.
Barry apparently got some of the information from Kim, McClintock’s field representative. McClintock, you will recall, said it was time to vote out the “left wing” clerk-recorder at a political rally earlier this year.
I’m surprised this constituent information was released on a blog.
Barry’s blogging pal Russ Steele said later that he received a ballot, so Barry “updated” his blog with that information. But no more.
I checked with the Clerk-Recorder’s office for the facts:
•Military ballots were sent out on Sept. 13, a long time ago. In fact, 37 of the 282 sent out so far have been returned.
•Some 40,864 ballots were issued in our county.
The Union newspaper also has some responsibility here. I noticed that the press release they ran, and that Barry was citing, had been modified to exclude the information that the ballots had been mailed out on Friday. It is here. Oops.
Except for me, it seems people are treating the Pruetts like “sacred cows,” apparently because of their connection to McClintock.
It’s time that one of our electeds or an official at the Rood Center sets them straight! The Pruetts owe the Clerk Recorder’s office a public apology.