Nevada County Tea Party Patriots Founder and President Stan Meckler lost his bid to be elected to the Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce, according to my sources.
An official announcement of the results is expected soon.
Meckler was one of seven candidates running for five board seats on the Grass Valley/Nevada County Chamber of Commerce for next year, according to a ballot that was circulating to members. Meckler said he planned to resign as tea party president at year-end.
The winners are all currently active in the local business community, ranging from the fairgrounds to hotels. It is a going to be a strong Chamber board. So is the Nevada City Chamber board.
Meckler is active in the Tea Party. Meckler’s son, Mark, is a founder of the national Tea Party. Both are vocal political activists.
This is not the first recent attempt by political activists to politicize Chamber activities. Another example is here.
Here’s the bottom line: A “silent majority” of people help to guide public decision-making here, not a vocal minority. The outcome of some local political races last year has confirmed this as well.
Let’s hope more of our “electeds” and decision makers get the message and don’t get caught up in it.
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