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.