Scoop: Local Tea Party founder Stan Meckler seeking to join The Union’s editorial board

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Meckler trying to get on The Union’s editorial board

Stan Meckler, the founder of the local Tea Party chapter and father of Tea Party co-founder Mark Meckler, is trying to join The Union’s editorial advisory board, he recently told members.

“I’m trying to get on that board,” Meckler said at the group’s May meeting (see video at 17:48).

In the video Meckler also urges the Tea Party members to write letters to the editor and keep pressing the paper’s management to publish them.

“You’ve got to kick them sometimes, but they will [publish it].”

“You’ve got to kick them sometimes, but they will do it [publish the letter],” Meckler said on the YouTube video ( at 17:10). A letter could include support for a particular candidate, Meckler said, adding that readers often go to the letters page before the front page.

The video also shows Eddie Garcia, a longtime tea party leader and supporter, getting the members to support the effort for the County to withdraw from the State of California in the State of Jefferson movement. Eddie’s pitch is at 10:38 to 16:07 in the video.

(Eddie also is director of the Nevada County Fair Foundation — which is ironic, at least when you consider his perspective — because the Fair has been seeking support from the state to help fund its aging infrastructure, along with other Fairs. I support all the Fairs in that effort).

State of Jefferson 

A State of Jefferson “Town Hall” meeting is being held at Western Gateway Park in August, as reported previously. The local Tea Party is also celebrating their fifth anniversary at Western Gateway Park in July.

The Tea Party video provides a window into the group’s grassroots political campaigning. Sue McGuire, who unsuccessfully ran against Nate Beason in District 3 and is a board member, is the emcee. The video also features the speech of conservative radio talk show host Phil Cowan.

(Photo: Russ Steele’s blog, NCMediaWatch)

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.

4 thoughts on “Scoop: Local Tea Party founder Stan Meckler seeking to join The Union’s editorial board”

  1. Jeff,
    You got to hand it to the retired activist brigade following through on trying to sure up the loose ends so only one point of view will ever reach public consumption. We have a very interesting power play going on in Western Nevada County over the last couple of decades, if not longer. I think the very politically active conservatives know the numbers are shifting and they want to seize and hang onto the power for as long as they can. As the youth of the area who were raised by conservatives leave for more opportunity and bigger pastures the new voting populace are the Bay Area transplants that are more liberal and progressive. The funniest thing about this shift it was the greed of the pro growth crowd that brought the Bay Area transplants to the area in the first place and now they are worried about losing their control of the region.

  2. If the “retired activist brigade” brings down our public schools’ reputation in their zeal, we won’t have to worry about those pesky Bay Area transplants (and the growth they bring) anymore! In fact, the real estate community tells me the Bay Area transplants (once a steady source of income) already are going elsewhere. Check out the MLS listings. In case you hadn’t noticed, our local economy is just dragging along. Both the city of Grass Valley and Nevada City reminded us of that this week during their budget hearings. Our politics is intertwined with our economy, not just our culture. Other than parroting the “fiscal conservative” mantra and other one liners, this group is not concerned with the nuances of our economic development and the “unintended consequences” of their political agenda. In most cases, their kids live elsewhere. “We reap what we sow.”

    1. Eddie is a DIRECTOR of the Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation. While he is a community volunteer and not appointed to the Fair Board of Directors by the Governor (as you are), I don’t see much difference in this case. I think it sends a mixed message to Sacramento.

      “The Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation, Inc. is a California Public Benefit Corporation, organized and operated exclusively for charitable purposes within the meaning of Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.”

      We donate to the Fair and are big supporters. I would prefer that someone other than Eddie act as a local leader for the State of Jefferson movement, given his position as a Fair Foundation director. Think about it. Everybody should be rowing in the same direction.

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