I personally don’t know Grass Valley City Council Candidate Jim Firth, except to know that the hard-right political activists — who live in Penn Valley and Banner Mountain but not necessarily Grass Valley — are after him.
The attacks are getting louder — and more personal, too.
When I called Jim this afternoon to comment on his sensible “Other Voices” in the newspaper today, there was a faint huffing and puffing sound on the other end.
“I didn’t know how steep Walsh Street was,” he remarked with a still joyful sounding tone.
You see, Jim has been walking the neighborhoods of Grass Valley for weeks and weeks — just like Terry Lamphier when he ran for supervisor.
I suspect that’s what eats away at the hard-right activists. For many of them, it’s only about whether you’re an “R” or a “D.” If you’re a “Decline to State,” they think they’ve figured you out too.
They want to run the table in our community — with 5-0 votes.
It’s a cross between the Crusades and CREEP (the Committee to Re-Elect President Nixon during Watergate) — only magnified in a small town.
Even Supervisor Nate Beason (who wrote his own persuasive “Other Voices” today criticizing the fire tax) isn’t conservative enough for the tin-foil hat crowd in our community.
As with national politics, there’s a wave of sentiment enveloping our county, extending well beyond politics and the board room — and into the bedroom.
It reminds me of the song: “You can’t even run your life, I’d be darned if you’ll run mine.”
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