Ultra-right blogger Rebane already bashing Lamphier for county supervisor

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.

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for 12 years, and he was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News for eight years, among other positions. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing, swimming, and trout fishing in the Sierra.

5 thoughts on “Ultra-right blogger Rebane already bashing Lamphier for county supervisor”

  1. Jeff,
    Thanks for the brief mention of our organization and our effort to safeguard our community regarding the proposed opening of the Idaho-Maryland Mine, but as a 501c3, CLAIM-GV is not taking any position on candidates.
    Ralph Silberstein
    President, CLAIM-GV

  2. Thanks Ralph. I didn’t cite CLAIM-GV specifically, just the IMM opponents as a general group. Thanks for clarifying CLAIM-GV’s position, though. We’ll look to see who contributes to both candidate’s campaigns.

  3. This one might be interesting!

    For Fourth District Nevada County Supervisor, incumbent Hank Weston is opposed by Bill Steele.

  4. I checked with the Elections Office this morning, and while Steele pulled papers, he didn’t get the signatures returned in time to be placed on the ballot. He’ll have to be a write-in candidate.

  5. In Terry Lamphier’s first run against John Spencer, though Spencer won, Lamphier polled a solid 41%, and that was before Nevada County went heavily for Obama and Charlie Brown, Democrats, in the ’08 elections. Conservative Spencer is running for a highly unusual 3rd term. In the minds of many in Nevada County,2 terms, or 8 years in office, is enough for Supervisors, just as it is for U S Presidents. In his two terms, Spencer has done little for his District, and his efforts on the BOS have been minimal. It is time for a change, and the County demographics have been changing, possibly from Boomers retiring and moving in from more politically liberal parts of California. Spencer campaign hendlers would do well not to sell Terry Lampnier short.

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