No sooner is the ink dry on the paperwork for Terry Lamphier’s run for supervisor against incumbent John Spencer in District 3, than ultra-conservative blogger George Rebane is out bashing him.
Judging from the comments on The Union, I’m not sure whether George’s endorsement is an asset or liability to John Spencer. John will need some support from people of “blue” or “purple” political stripes, not just die-hard “reds.”
As one reader wrote on George’s column that ran in The Union this weekend: “Boycott The Union! Why even respond to George and Russ? What’s the point of trying to talk with to these two boobs? I have a suggestion — how about from now on no one replies to columns from George, Russ and Jeff (Ackerman), and we let the idiots that support them talk to themselves. Take your rational comments and create a rich discussion on another forum — like Jeff Pelline’s blog, or NC Voices, or others. Boycott The Union!”
Gadzooks. Is this a way to grow your business in a recession?
To be sure, Terry will need to explain his credentials and qualifications. He was a proponent of the “anti-growth” initiatives here that were defeated soundly before the recession hit.
But Terry will find some formidable supporters, including the well-organized group that is opposed to the Idaho-Maryland Mine — a financially troubled project, at least for now.
Others are just plain tired of the negative bashing that goes on from local conservative and Tea Party Patriot contingent, led by people such as Rebane. District 3 is evenly split between Democrats and Republicans, too. (I believe this “backlash” will threaten Sue Horne’s bid for Assessor as well, as I’ve written previously. She’s running against Rolf Kleinhans, a conservative who has more bi-partisan support).
The supervisor race in the Grass Valley district also will force John to answer some questions of his own. Some people criticize him for:
•Being too overtly politically partisan for a position that is supposed to be nonpartisan.
•Holding political views that don’t accurately reflect the majority of Grass Valley residents. Downtown Grass Valley, for example, is left of center.
•Not holding enough “town hall” meetings in his district.
John is a regular commenter on Russ Steele’s blog, typically joining the opposition to AB32, global warming and other matters.
Some of his comments raise eyebrows, like this one: “ Just say NO to any new legislation of any kind.”
Look for yet another polarized political race for a supposedly nonpartisan post.