What are “Nevada County values”?

I listened to KNCO’s radio broadcast of the Tea Party-KNCO-The Union sponsored candidate forum, and clerk-recorder candidate Barry Pruett’s comments were the most, well, intriguing.

Among other things, Pruett said the clerk-recorder’s race is the difference “between San Francisco values and Nevada County values.”

None of the commentators bothered to follow up to ask what he meant by that statement.

To me, it’s just more of the same “in your face” rhetoric that divides, not unites, our community.

The list of people endorsing Barry in this supposedly nonpartisan race is here (and includes the county Republican Council, Aaron Klein, Stan Meckler, Greg Marks and George Rebane), so perhaps they could provide some answers.

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 “What are “Nevada County values”?”

  1. I believe that “Nevada County Values” is pretty easy to break code for “Republican and Tea Party Values” in this case. For this purpose, the truth of what “Nevada County Values” are is less important than the message the phrase conveyed to the intended voter base by Mr. Pruett.

    I also believe that out of this specific political context, if you were to ask 10 Nevada Countians, to name 10 things that represent Nevada County Values, you’d likely end up with at least a list of 50 different things.

  2. Gail:

    In this instance, I believe the “code” is not as innocuous as what you suggest. I listened on the radio, and the tone of voice — and repeat use of the phrase — was, in my opinion, aimed at something very different. And I think Mr. Diaz understood exactly what was being suggested.

    Steve Cottrell

    1. That too, Steve. I admit that mind hadn’t gone there. I’ll give it a listen.

      For the record, I think Mr. Diaz is a qualified professional who has done a good job, and I think we are lucky to have him. I intend to vote for him on that basis. Those are my values.

  3. A county should not have values . . . a true libertarian (that’s what many Tea Party types claim to be) would frown at the notion of a county having values. Whatever happened to individual freedoms and liberty? There is a contradiction here.

    If that is what Barry Pruett said, he is very scary on many levels. Values should be personal; I don’t want the state/government dictating to me my values.

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