For whatever reason our local hard-right political blogger Barry Pruett has been promoting Brian in the race, making multiple posts about him. CABRO Founder Todd Juvinall said he likes him too.
Barry announced today that four of our five Nevada County Supervisors endorsed Brian in the race.
I haven’t paid too much attention to this Assembly race, because we’re going to send another conservative to Sacramento in a Democratic-controlled legislature. Whatever side of the aisle you’re on, it likely will translate into more political gridlock (a bigger problem in our county than who our Governor or President happens to be).
I hope Brian doesn’t make the mistake of other staunch conservatives we send to Sacramento, rises above partisan politics and chooses to advocate for a handful of nonpartisan issues that can help his rural constituents, instead of being a hard-right ideologue (AKA “sand pounder.”)
This effectively is a race that pits Redding and Shasta County against the other rural counties in the district, so maybe Nevada County can benefit if Dahle wins.
I looked over the list of supporters and also saw our “nonpartisan” County Assessor Sue Horne lending her name to the campaign. I hope Sue still is staying focused on her “day job,” which required quite a bit of training at our expense.
“Rags” Crabtree supports Brian!
Among the list of endorsements, I noticed a guy named Loren “Shorty” Crabtree of Modoc County. As it turns out, this guy should be nicknamed Loren “Rags” Crabtree. Why?
“Members of the Sacramento Sikh Temple have asked for a meeting with Modoc County Supervisor Loren “Shorty” Crabtree after he remarked that people attending a Woodland auction were ‘wearing rags around their heads,’” the Modoc News reported last year.
“Given recent hate crimes and attacks against Sikhs in the Sacramento area, the remarks by Chairperson Crabtree are very troubling,” said Amar Shergill, attorney and board member for the Sacramento Sikh Temple in an e-mail to the Modoc County Daily News.”
Loren “Shorty” Crabtree, chair of the Modoc County Board of Supervisors, said he did not intend to make a racial slur when he referred to people at a recent auction in Woodland as wearing “rags around their heads.”
‘“There’s a lot of those Hindus, a lot of them around that country down there,’ Crabtree said. ‘Rick Rudometkin (Modoc County CAO) told me there would be people there from all over the world. I didn’t mean it that way. I didn’t mean it was a racial slur.”’
Later, Crabtree formally apologized after meeting with the American Sikh community:
“As many of you are aware, during the April 12 Supervisor’s meeting, I made an inappropriate remark regarding Americans wearing turbans. After the meeting, I had a meeting with the American Sikh community and now understand that turbans have an important religious significance for Sikhs. The comments I made were hurtful and wrong, and I apologize for making the remarks. I was supposed to get a short DVD yesterday in the mail, but I never got it. If I get it, I’ll show it at the next meeting. Thank you.”
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