“The politics are so nasty because the stakes are so small” in small-town politics, a former colleague of mine at The Union once astutely observed.
The District Attorney’s race is going to be ugly, as I’ve written before. After dealing with the ugliness of the Diaz-Pruett clerk-recorder’s race, I’m “uglied out.”
But I read this story in The Union how “Attorney David Alkire officially kicked off his campaign for Nevada County District Attorney by announcing that he has been endorsed by the bargaining unit that represents all of the county’s deputy district attorneys and deputy public defenders,” and it caught my attention.
It went on to quote Alkire at length, while offering “(For Newell’s response, see box).” I couldn’t find the “box” online — a real journalistic screw up. There should have been a link on that page to provide balance.
But what the story left out is that one of the county’s deputy district attorneys, Jim Phillips, ran against Newell in 2006 — and lost. It’s all a matter of public record to The Union’s City Editor Liz Kellar, who attended the Alkire “kick off party” and wrote this story.
I’d also like to hear Sue McGuire, a former employee in the DAs office who has been an aspiring politican, weigh in on this race.
I really have no dogs in these local political races except to call out glaring omissions or misconceptions in the reporting.
My next prediction: Is the “anti-growth” rap against Terry Lamphier really valid? Stay tuned.