L.A. political blogger: “I had no idea who Barry Pruett was” (after receiving unsolicited email about a “bloody primary”)

Barry Pruett, a lawyer from Penn Valley who ran unsuccessfully for county clerk recorder, was among those signing a letter warning Doug Ose of “active opposition” if he runs for Congress in District 7 (where Democrat Ami Bera is congressman), as we wrote last week.

In inflammatory rhetoric, it referred to a “bloody primary.” Tea party activists also signed the letter.

Now an L.A. political blogger is suggesting that Pruett not only signed the letter, but he emailed it to him, “along with reporters at the Sac Bee, San Francisco Chronicle and John Fleishmann.”

He’s as puzzled as we are, since he blogged, “I had no idea who Barry Pruett was.”

Here’s the item from the political blog by David Lasdon from Los Angeles:

“CA-7: Conservative Activists Oppose Doug Ose
Is it a sign your blog is important when you receive an email also addressed to reporters at the Sac Bee, San Francisco Chronicle, and Jon Fleischmann? I got this yesterday, much to my surprise since I had no idea who Barry Pruett was.

“Conservative activists are likely supporting former Tom McClintock COS Igor Birman.”

Why is Barry nosing around in the 7th District when he lives in Penn Valley? If he is emailing this letter to reporters, why? Is he being paid to do this? Shouldn’t this activity be disclosed on his political activist blog (with the misleading name, “Nevada County Introspective”)? That’s a real transparency and disclosure issue.

Barry’s wife, Kim, is a local staffer for Tom McClintock.

Barry, can you explain what’s going on here? Meanwhile, I will be following up with my friends at The Chronicle and Bee about this email.

BTW, for full disclosure I have never been paid for blogging here, though I enjoy blogging.

I just happen to be critical of McClintock — and always have been, since he was a state politician. I prefer moderates, either Republican or Democrats. Political blogging is not for the faint of heart, however. Gazdooks.

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 years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.

One thought on “L.A. political blogger: “I had no idea who Barry Pruett was” (after receiving unsolicited email about a “bloody primary”)”

  1. Locally and Nationally this is what the right is famous for! Threat letters? Really? Yep- And throw in signing up with the likes of Grover Norquist, when it all adds up to just being the same old Hate groups.

    We discussed the hope of a change in the right, after the 2012 elections, right here on these pages. Forget it- Waste of breath-
    God, Guns, Religion — Wedge Issues 101 for the Right Wing.
    Nothing has changed, unless you call the push of Republican Governors to ban abortion, after the first glint in your eye, or the push by the same rocket scientists to squash voters rights, progress for the country.

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