“Thanks but no thanks.”
It’s such a simple phrase. But I guess it is hard for some local politicians to “just say no.”
Nowhere is this more apparent than with District 1 candidate Duane Strawser’s decision to accept support from “Americans for Good Government”, the Tea Party-influenced PAC. As I’d written before, Americans for Good Government has identified itself as a “conservative grassroots organizations, such as tea party groups and other independent groups, who are willing to work with political operatives to recruit candidates for positions in local government.”
Strawser has received $3,697 from “Americans for Good Government,” according to a campaign finance report. Strawser is running against Heidi Hall for the District 1 Supervisor race. The filing came after Americans for Good Government hosted a fundraising event for Strawser.
Among other expenditures, the Americans for Good Government PAC has paid $399 for “professional services (legal, accounting)” to Former County Supervisor Fran Freedle. (Freedle was a County Supervisor during one of the most toxic times in local politics).
And Fran just can’t stay out of the public spotlight. In fact, she seems to crave it. In a letter (AKA, a political rant) to The Union on Monday, Freedle writes: “$15 minimum wage: one more reason for State of Jefferson.”
In the real world, the State of Jefferson initiative just failed to qualify for the ballot in our county. It is a “nonstarter” for the vast majority of the community.
Duane should be peddling away from Fran ASAP instead of accepting money from the PAC where she has served as an officer.
To my knowledge Duane does not support the State of Jefferson, and he is frustrated that much of Coastal California perceives us as a “little redneckish,” but he’s playing right into the narrative — whether he means to or not.
And it’s holding our county back from making real progress — building (not burning) bridges with Sacramento and other counties, as well as tackling the myriad of nonpartisan issues that the Rood Center faces.