This photo is from Heidi Hall’s Facebook page this morning — with candidacy papers at the Rood Center. Heidi is more liberal than I am on many issues (I admire her gumption to run for Congress in a conservative district, as well as her degree from first-rate Pomona College, however), but I am giving her candidacy another look after the tea party PAC and Duane hooked up. That was unnecessary, ill-advised and a little odd. Duane told me he was a registered Democrat, and now he’s going to become a “decline to state,” according to YubaNet.
I’ve been a “decline to state” my whole life. I’ve voted for Republicans and Democrats in local, state and national races.
It should be possible for a local candidate to appeal to “middle left” and “middle right” voters without hooking up with the extremists. But it seems to be a real challenge for many of our local candidates to take an independent stand and stand up to extremist behavior.
The extreme right — which is poking its nose in our schools, has shown intolerance to our community’s diversity and exhibits the nastiest political rhetoric on either side — is our community’s biggest political problem right now. And it’s happening in California, a state that embraces political diversity. How is that good for our community? Burning bridges instead of building them?
Maybe Heidi can provided some needed balance. Up in Truckee, Richard Anderson’s actions have been constructive.