Tony Waters, who attended the Diaz campaign party at the National Hotel, sent along this email for posting. I was glad to see his daughter participating in the political process; AP government students at Nevada Union High also worked on some of the local campaigns. Some of the ones who worked on the Terry Lamphier campaign reported being shouted at while waiving signs in Grass Valley. BTW, St. Olaf College is an excellent school; one of my high-school buddies went there. Thanks Tony.
My daughter is a newly declared Political Science major at St. Olaf College in Minnesota, and wanted to re-enter Grass Valley by getting a sense of local politics. We looked around for a place to go. The Democratic Party was to be at the Briar Patch Co-op, and the Republicans were at the Grey Goose Bistro in Alta Sierra. Granola and Steak. How predictable. How Nevada County.
As a compromise, we decided to try the Greg Diaz event up at the National Hotel in Nevada City. I endorsed Greg early in the campaign, and I half hoped to meet some of the contributors to this blog who I’ve never seen in person.
We arrived at about 8:30, and things were very hushed among the 10 or 12 campaign workers. They had been promised results from the Rood Center by this time, but they were not forthcoming. They kept hitting the refresh button on the laptop, but no results. Not from the County (i.e. Diaz’ own office), The Union, or anyone else. More nervousness, as friends drifted in. Finally at 9:21, news arrived the old-fashioned way, by courier from the Rood Center. Diaz had a major lead in his race with Pruett. The whole room sighed with relief. A math professor did some quick calculations in her head based on the numbers delivered, and concluded that Diaz’ lead was insurmountable.
As for meeting people from this blog, I did see a familiar face with a big moustache. I wasn’t sure whether he was at the bar, or with the Diaz campaign, but it turned out indeed to be self-described “Village Idiot,” Bob Crabb who I’ve exchanged words with through this blog. We agreed that this medium is a great way to keep you honest and upright, if nothing else, and I wish all a happy election night.