More PAC money is infiltrating local races — this time the newly created PAC called “Americans for Good Government,” managed by Tea Party members, paid $2,222.37 for District 3 Supervisor candidate Dan Miller’s first campaign mailer, according to documents filed with the County Elections Office.
The PAC’s contributors include Stan Meckler, father of Tea Party co-founder Mark Meckler.
The expenses list “mailer in support” for Miller, now Grass Valley’s mayor, according to the Form 496 dated March 25. The mailer has begun arriving in mailboxes (and I managed to find one).
The officers of the Tea Party PAC include Fran Freedle and Eddie Garcia, who is on the local tea party board. The PAC lists its purpose as “providing support for candidates for office.”
Along with Meckler, other contributors to the Tea Party PAC include Claudia Taylor of Auburn and Kay Walker of Grass Valley, according to the PAC’s Form 460. All three list their occupation as “retired.”
I recently wrote that the local tea party faithful was rallying around Miller’s campaign, and I guess I wasn’t “a woofin’.” From over in Penn Valley, Tea Party supporter and attorney Barry Pruett (whose wife works for Congressman Tom McClintock) also has contributed to Miller’s campaign.
The hard right and tea party are putting their chips behind Dan, a staunch conservative. He is trying to unseat incumbent Terry Lamphier. At stake is a shift toward a decidedly more conservative BOS if Miller wins.
Lamphier has done a good job and is admired for being a listener. He and District 4 Supervisor Hank Weston traded professional compliments at the candidate’s forum this week.
But Lamphier finds himself on the opposite end of some rigid hard-right ideologues, activists, staunchly conservative old timers — and now, Meckler and the tea party.
Former District Supervisor John Spencer and his wife, Patti Ingram, are vociferously supporting Miller. Spencer was unseated by Lamphier four years ago in his attempt to win a third term.
Freedle, highly active in hard-right politics, also is a former supervisor who lost to Bruce Conklin in a bitter campaign in 1998. It dredges up memories of when progressives led the County BOS and were referred to as the “Gang of Four” by the conservatives.
One local joked that the Miller-Lamphier campaign is a political “revenge campaign” for Freedle, Spencer and others.
I’ve been feeling heat just for writing about this race (the Pruett and Todd Juvinall blogs have gone on the rampage), including my write-ups on the “It’s Miller Time” campaign signs that hang over the Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce building. The Union followed up on this issue, crediting Sierra Foothills Report. It’s time to dredge out the asbestos underwear.
Full disclosure: I’m in the hole $1.60 for dredging up these latest campaign reports.