Freedle’s latest State of Jefferson rant: A shining example why Strawser should have rejected Tea Party PAC $$$

“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.

Peddle away

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.

About 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.
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9 Responses to Freedle’s latest State of Jefferson rant: A shining example why Strawser should have rejected Tea Party PAC $$$

  1. jim firth says:

    I don’t usually respond to rants; but this particular one from Fran Freedle in the Monday The Union is indeed a classic. Fran has managed to combine California, Obamacare, minimum wage, unemployment, advanced education and the State of Jefferson in a short 200 or so word letter. That’s quite an accomplishment.

    Unfortunately for her, everything she suggests is total malarkey.

  2. jeffpelline says:

    The “Americans for Good Government” PAC’s has now spent a total of $599 (more than before) on Freedle for “professional services” (legal, accounting),” according to the latest filing. She has been the treasurer of the group. http://cal-access.sos.ca.gov/Campaign/Committees/Detail.aspx?id=1361127&session=2015&view=expenditures

    The filings also show Nancy Garcia, a supporter of the local tea party and State of Jefferson, is a contributor to the “American’s for Good Government” PAC. http://cal-access.sos.ca.gov/Campaign/Committees/Detail.aspx?id=1361127&session=2015&view=received

    The “American for Good Government” PAC’s $3,697 contribution to Duane is here: http://cal-access.sos.ca.gov/Campaign/Committees/Detail.aspx?id=1361127&session=2015&view=late3

    “Strawser also said he is changing his voter registration from Democrat to Decline To State,” YubaNet has reported. http://yubanet.com/regional/Nevada-County-District-1-campaigns-kick-off.php#.VxTjKyMrJz8

  3. Annie Fox says:

    I find that so typical of those “I got mine, to hell with you” folks who reject minimum wage increases. Do they prefer to keep the minimum wage where it is so these poor folks have to rely on social services (our tax dollars) just to put food on the table and a roof over their head? Such greed is costing all of us tax payers.

    • jeffpelline says:

      Our area is chock full of selfish staunch conservatives, who often gloat over younger working people. I’ve often wondered who they think will change their bedpans when they become elderly? It is a sad state of affairs in this regard in western Nevada County CA.

  4. jeffpelline says:

    BTW, Nate Beason said he is endorsing Duane for supervisor. Of course, that is not a surprise. Nate, who is a longtime Republican, would not be endorsing Heidi Hall! LOL.

    • jeffpelline says:

      Todd’s sock puppets also missed my mention of Nate endorsing Duane. I’ve come to realize that Todd’s sock puppets aren’t too bright; no wonder they don’t sign their names. Please crawl back under the rocks from whence you came. LOL.

  5. Chip Wilder says:

    Let’s see: We have PAC money Birthers (read racists) , Science Deniers, and Secessionists, all backing one candidate.
    And a local artist and the candidates own party, backing the other.
    Now let me think-

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