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.