The “anyone but Heidi” contingent rolls on in District 1 election

Our household chuckled at the irony when I pointed to a letter today in The Union by Suzie James — who is a District 1 representative for the Nevada County Republican Party (not disclosed in the letter), along with other party reps, such as longtime Tea Party and State of Jefferson supporter Fran Freedle.

Suzie is vocal about her staunchly conservative politics (social media can be a window) and is  another “anyone but Heidi” Hall voter in the District 1 election. This demographic is one that would dread a staunch Democrat representing them, ever, even a qualified one.

In her “enough with the attacks” letter, Suzie went on to  attack a “left-leaning blogger” for pointing out (correctly) that Duane Strawser received a big donation from the American for Good Government PAC, which is closely alligned with the Tea Party — and always has been. This has also been reported by YubaNet and others.

Suzie’s letter about the “Americans for Good Government” PAC read a lot like a recent one from Stan Meckler, co-founder of the local tea party and dad to Mark, the national tea party co-founder.

I can’t speak for Suzie,  but  I donated money to help out Duane with the shortfall on the last AMGEN bike race, and I happily signed his papers to run for Nevada City Council when he showed up at the house one afternoon a few years ago.

I also am a lifelong “decline to state” voter who has cast ballots for Democrats and Republicans over the years.

My issue is simple: Like a lot of others, I do not find tea party, hard right or State of Jefferson politics constructive for our community.

It also is not conducive for drawing college-educated millennials to our community, supposedly a chief public policy goal.

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 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.

12 thoughts on “The “anyone but Heidi” contingent rolls on in District 1 election”

  1. Thanks Jeff. The usual resentful suspects at work once again.

    I got curious, though, to see if anyone but you is using the “anyone but Heidi” phrase. In other words, are any of her avowed opponents actually using that phrase? (It might be better not to give them the idea!) So I Googled the phrase and sierrafoothillsreport has the top three hits. I couldn’t find any of her avowed opponents using it.

    But the most interesting Google hit was this one: “I wouldn’t trust anyone but Heidi with my hair! She does the best blondes!!” (referring to some coiffeur also named Heidi!)

    But that at least shows that the phrase could cut (no pun intended) both ways.

    So, my concern about giving the meme to the usual suspects seems entirely unwarranted.


    1. Anybody who thinks that he represents the right or even the far right is nuts. He has done more to bring money into this county then any single person not providing tax revenue .

      1. Tony,
        I like Duane, but it is preposterous to state “He has done more to bring money into this county than any single person not prodding tax revenue.” As stated, many local residents, including me, donated money to the AMGEN bike fund when there was a shortfall.

  2. Even in heavily Democratic Marin County, the Democrats treat the Republicans with more respect than it is “the other way around” here. A lot of this has to do with basic manners.

  3. I also helped Duane out regarding his AMGEN deficit; and my wife helped Heidi by donating to her campaign. They are both good people.

  4. I found the recent hit piece in Heidi’s mail drop to be negative, offensive and uncalled for; I changed my vote because of that. I don’t want that kind of person representing me.

  5. Having lived in Nevada County for over 40 years, the situation is not really “anyone but Heidi’ but rather “anyone but a Democrat” seems to be the overriding theme of local politics and has been since Bizz Johnson left office. Only Patricia Malberg, who almost beat John Doolittle in his inaugural run and Charlie Brown from Auburn a few years ago have even come close.

  6. I think Todd Juvinall has a secret crush on Heidi! “I have never met Hall or Strawser,” he adds. Gee, what a surprise! ROFLOL.

    1. I spoke too soon! Our Aqua-Velva man is now exchanging “links” with Bonnie McGuire. I guess Heidi has to wait in line!

  7. Suzie’s letter did come off as a “do as I say, not as I do” manner. Apparently I’m not the only one who noticed it.

    1. And I might be “left leaning” when it comes to social issues, I am “right leaning” when it comes to balancing a budget. So there Suzie! LOL.

      1. I identify as a fiscal conservative and believe many are. Differences occur as to how to divide the funds

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