The Union, whose current management has supported John Spencer and his political base in Grass Valley for years, has a “swan song” article featuring him in the newspaper this weekend.
John continues to chalk up his defeat to his campaign strategy, rather than his rigid hard-right ideology or “message.”
For the record, John’s campaign was marked by a fundraiser at the county Contractors’ Association, a donation from the Grass Valley Mayor, attacks against his opponent by the hard-right blogging contingent of Russ Steele and George Rebane (and George’s out-of-district contributions), and support from CABPRO, among other things.
John has not been a gracious loser, and he suggests that the electorate is “more likely to vote for someone who came to their door and spent a few minutes” more than anything else:
“The voters’ decision may have been more the result of the candidates’ efforts than their respective messages, Spencer said in The Union article.
“I maybe didn’t campaign as aggressively and spend as much money as I should have,” Spencer said. “Terry spent a number of months walking the streets, and I didn’t do that.
“There are an awful lot of people out there who don’t follow politics, and they are more likely to vote for someone who came to their door and spent a few minutes there,” he added.
The rest of the article is here.