Did Meagher’s ties to CABPRO cost him the election?

Though not all the ballots are counted, Tina Vernon is handily beating Dai Meagher for the county Treasurer’s race.

Meagher’s endorsement by CABPRO and the hard right upset some Democrats, including Central Committee members who had endorsed him. He signed a “Taxpayer Protection Pledge” to oppose higher taxes, supported by conservative taxpayer advocate Grover Norquist.

CABPRO and its “followers” (including our vocal hard-right blogging contingent) also endorsed Prop. 23, which also lost handily in our county.

I don’t know Dai well, but he asked my informal advice a long time ago, as I’ve written before. I suggested that he embrace both sides as a “nonpartisan” but be weary about embracing the local hard right too much. My ongoing opinion is that their influence is waning, mainly because of such high pitched “my way or the highway” rhetoric.

Did CABPRO’s endorsement of Meagher cost him the election? After all, most of us are in the middle — or centrists.

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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.

12 thoughts on “Did Meagher’s ties to CABPRO cost him the election?”

  1. I can state that I know TWO votes that was influenced by his dance with Right Wing, and signing the Right Wing Destroy America or State or County pledge did the trick.

    I can say I was also very disturbed by the sheer number of his signs – very big, expensive looking ones. It made me think “Where is all this money for a Treasure seat coming from? Obviously not from the little guy might be the answer. Don’t know. But all those darn signs bothered me.

    1. Halloween afternoon, I was driving through the intersection of Brunswick and Sutton and was treated to a huge dancing Meagher sign. Bizarre, to say the least.

  2. Did CABRO’s endorsement of Meagher cost him the election? A short answer is “yes,” but the ATR connection, hiring of Chris Jones wirh a reputation for sleazy political tactics, hint of Tea Party iin the background, and as Curtis says, too many signs, ads even in local theaters, the voter wondered, where is the money coming from? Add to that all the positives Vernon had going for her, sponsorship of Chris Dabis, solid BOS support, even support from 2 liberal former Sups, and other well-known local liberals. The NCDCC endorsement of Meagher was questionable, handled badly, possibly did Meagher more harm than good. My opinion, it surely did local Dems more harm than good.

  3. Barry Pruett (whose family is on the payroll of Tom McClintock) is arguing that we’re not really a “purple” county after all, citing GOP wins. But he fails to mention:
    •An estimated 10,000 votes remain to be counted which could change the outcome of some races.
    •CABPRO endorsed Dai Meagher lost the county Treasure race.
    •The combined vote of Curtis and Emergy was 47.8 percent versus just 52.3 percent for McClintock. McClintock’s margin of victory in our county is significantly less than the district as a whole.
    •He fails to mention that Prop. 23 (which lost) was *the* battle cry of McClintock and Logue and our conservative supervisors (Ed Scofield and Ted Owens). Now they all have egg on their face.
    •McClintock lost handily in some precincts, as I showed in the precinct-by-precinct countdown. This includes Truckee, where the GOP ticked off the locals (including GOP’ers) by challenging the handling of the ballots.
    •Democrat John Chiang won handily over his GOP rival in our county (though Barry does not cite the margin).
    •I am a centrist, not a “leftwing” blogger. I only look “leftwing” to a guy who is as hard right as Barry.
    •Here’s the biggest farce of all: “The more conservative you are, the more likely you are to win in Nevada County partisan races,” he argues. Yet he fails to mention he lost the clerk-recorder’s race in *every* precinct and Terry Lamphier ousted John Spencer as supervisor.
    Rumors are swirling that Barry wants to run for county DA. Do you think his “theory” will apply to that race, where the incumbent is solid with people of all political stripes? The result of that one would be a real LOL.

    Exit question: In a state that overwhelmingly voted for Democrats, how does touting our county’s conservatism help us in working together regionally or statewide? Do we isolate ourselves as a result?

    1. DA…That would provide so many people the opportunity to say NO THANK YOU again. It would be a hoot! We could associate with McClintock as mentor, I think, and teach TOM we have learned from him and say NO, twice in 2012. Getting rid of Logue and McClintick now and the DEMOCRATIC PARTY AT STATE LEVEL needs to start today.

      1. Who said “No Thank You”? I certainly didn’t. I was outraged by Pruett’s partisan, manipulative and dishonest conduct in an election intended to fill a position requiring honesty, fairness and non partisanship.

  4. Young Barry is incorrect again. Should he run for DA, he certainly cannot count on my vote for him.

    I am very pleased Ms. Vernon won. The CABPRO endorsement may have cost Meagher the election although I appreciated the endorsement. It allowed me the opportunity to give this race a second look.

  5. I rather disliked the attitude of some that Tina had a ‘forever” Scarlett Letter, and that cost Dai two votes, as my wife didn’t like it either. No, we’ve never filed for bankruptcy ourselves, in case that’s what you’re thinking.

  6. It just goes to show that voters of Nevada County take into account the character of the people they vote into office. I can think of 3 races off the top of my head this year where that occurred and 2 of them were completely obliterated in the polls.

  7. Pat is correct when saying… “The NCDCC endorsement of Meagher was questionable, handled badly, possibly did Meagher more harm than good. My opinion, it surely did local Dems more harm than good”.

    The NCDCC violated their own adopted endorsement review rules to endorse a DTS candidate. Dai Meagher was the hard right, CABPRO, king of illigal signs candidate. The NCDCC had no business endorsing Meagher.

    Now what will those on the NCDCC that under took this train do? The NCDCC Board failed to listen to the reality of Dai Meagher and violated their own rules todo so. Why didn’t those NCDCC Board members use the “second chance” they had to un-do the big mistake when they had the opportunity?

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