Cheri West has dropped out of the District 1 supervisor race, citing her workload in the Sacramento legislature. Now our local hard-right political bloggers are seeking their own “viable” candidates.
“I’m concerned that we don’t have a viable declared candidate in Nevada County’s District #1 to oppose Ms. Heidi Hall for Supervisor,” George Rebane writes. “Anyone have any ideas?”
Last month on his politically extreme “blog” — more like a bulletin board dominated by internet trolls and vile personal attacks — Todd Juvinall of all people mused, “Nate Beason is retiring. The rest of you hear this, I may run!”
“Run, Todd run,” Steve Frisch said jokingly.
“You should run,” Mike Sherman wrote. “I don’t even live in Nevada County but would send some bucks to offset the cost. Seriously, ‘Run Todd, run!'”
Juvinall’s blog often includes insulting remarks directed at Heidi Hall by internet trolls. Todd regularly attacks Hillary Clinton. The other day he ran Hillary’s photo with the headline “Face of a felon”? On our President: “Obama has transformed America. You like it? If not fight back, elect real Americans next time.” Others include “Local democrats are chickens! Or cows! LOL!” ; “Black Prosecutors Association ?”; “NAACP is the American Taliban? Without religion though!”; “Marriage means anything we want it to mean now. SCOTUS GODS say so.” You get the point.
Local GOPers have asked Todd to “tone it down” — to no avail:
“AnonymousOctober 31, 2015 at 4:18 PM
Came to this blog to read what I thought would be intelligent, well-thought-out critiques of liberals. What I find instead is a bunch of angry rants, misspelled (intentionally) names/organizations, and platitudes. Our Republican Party chair for Nevada County recently wrote what I thought was a very pertinent piece that pointed out the need for plurality. If you keep portraying liberals as radicals, wait until the revolutionary left rears its ugly head. Tone it down, guys.
“Todd JuvinallOctober 31, 2015 at 4:33 PM
No, I think this is tame. Look around you and if you think the liberals care what you think then you are truly demented.”
It seems our local conservative political scene has morphed into the national Presidential race on the GOP side, where Ben Carson and Donald Trump are way ahead of Jeb Bush, whose brother and father were President. The race is often marked by outlandish comments.
Trump took his spat with Fox News’ Megyn Kelly, who asked him tough questions during the first GOP presidential debate, to a whole new level. “You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes. Blood coming out of her — wherever,” one of the leading GOP candidates told CNN’s Don Lemon, referring to his back-and-forth with Kelly, a moderator of Thursday’s debate.
I chalk it a lot of it up to Fox News and TV soundbites, Rush Limbaugh and conservative talk radio, and some of the candidates themselves.