Hodge’s run for Supe confirms The Union columnist Boardman got it wrong (again)

“Bored Georgeman”
Credit: The Union

“What office is Hodge seeking? How about GV Council?” The Union’s columnist George Boardman wrote on his blog on July 11.

No George, you got it wrong. Again (examples here, here , here and here). Hilary is running against Dan Miller for District 3 Supervisor, as she announced in a press release this afternoon. Even arch-conservative Don Bessee had figured this out in advance.

But instead of apologizing to his readers for getting it wrong, Boardman spins his own fantasy that I am a “boy toy” for Hilary, just as he claims I was a “fav” for Terry Lamphier.

In fact, I did not endorse Terry, and I do not plan to endorse Hilary.

The “boy toy” for Hilary’s campaign, I suppose, was The Union, who got the press release ahead of others in the media. She had been a weekly columnist for The Union.

It didn’t bother me to post the “news” later, because it was old news (except to Boardman). Still, Hilary wrote this note to me: “Sorry about the delay out of the gate there. A friend just told me that I should send my PRs to all media on the same email. I’ll use better protocol as I get the hang of this.”

While I didn’t endorse a candidate in the District 3 race, I did do some reporting. I was happy to call out a bullying campaign practice where Miller’s supporters hung a sign over the Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce during last District 3 race, supporting Miller. The Union wrote about it too. It showed no class.

Boardman goes on to speculate: “He yearns to see Hodge join Heidi Hall and alleged liberal Richard Anderson on the Board of Supervisors to create a new progressive majority.”

Other than sounding threatened, Boardman is wrong (again). But what Hilary does bring to the table is a more mature temperament that what I have often seen from the boisterous 60- and 70-something “get off my lawn” white males in our towns (Boardman is one of them), who dominate our homogenous demographic.

We are changing, though. In fact, I noticed a loyal show of support for Hilary on social media, including from some longtime residents. It’s apparent that some are fed up. The results of the last local election showed as much.

And as I predicted the campaigning already is getting ugly. On Facebook, an ugly group called “Deplorables of Nevada County” posted this under the announcement on The Union’s Facebook page. Here we go again!



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 SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for 12 years, and he was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News for eight years, among other positions. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing, swimming, and trout fishing in the Sierra.

11 thoughts on “Hodge’s run for Supe confirms The Union columnist Boardman got it wrong (again)”

  1. And we think the economy and lack of jobs are the reason our children are leaving. Our kids are smarter than that. They recognize the “why are the oldies always bringing us down” that resonates the college kids from here.

    1. Agreed. AGREED.
      We must reach out to our youth (no NEO booth allowed at previous Thurday Night Markets, really?) via educational, technological and housing opportunities. Political and social discourse must inspire and challenge, not antagonize and alienate. Young Nevada County adults need to see they have a place here beyond high school in order for our community to remain dynamic and powerful.

  2. Reinette Senum, who has been a target of Boardman’s lies, said it well on Facebook this afternoon: “LOL! At least he’s consistent.”
    In a post targeting her on December 7, 2016, Boardman ran a “correction” and then wrote on his blog: “Since the premise of the post was based on erroneous information, I have removed it from this blog.” You can’t make this stuff up!

  3. I’m enjoying the comments on Facebook dissing Boardman and his column. A lot of them are local business owners. I wonder how much $$$ he is costing the newspaper.

  4. Bored Georgeman must have wet himself upon this news. I wonder what he’s going to do to suppress voting in her favor. I’ll bet she gets a lot of votes. Does he think he can stop those voters?

  5. Annie,

    I’m afraid that for a man of his years, GB seems to have utterly failed to mature.
    He uses puerile language and lends credence to the Wilde adage that, “Sarcasm is the lowest form of wit.”
    We can only forgive him for his stubborn ignorance and pray for his blessed enlightenment.

  6. And here are unmoderated comments on The Union columnist George Boardman’s blog, directed at the two women who commented here:

    George Boardman says:
    August 2, 2017 at 3:38 pm
    Actually, I think Annie Fox is a play on stripper Fanne Foxe, the Argentine bomb shell who got Congressman Wilbur Mills involved in a sex scandal.

    “Todd Juvinall says:
    August 2, 2017 at 4:40 pm
    Me too. Now Judith Lowry is trashing you. Another Pelline favorite gal. And a self proclaimed Indian.”

    fish says:
    August 2, 2017 at 7:16 pm
    Well as they are both menopausal women I imagine that they have much to talk about!”

    Wow. I see Dan Miller and Barry Pruett are now commenting on Boardman’s blog too. Like I said this race is going to be ugly.

    It could be the locals version of Donald Trump v. Hillary Clinton.

    1. Hysterical! Me? A stripper? If that were the case I would be a tRump supporter. LOL! I do appreciate the bomb shell comment however. I can easily do that without acting like tRump’s wife Melanoma. As to menopause, that train left the station a while back. I did learn something new, fish have menopause. However when he talks he still has nothing to say.

  7. I’m with you Annie, I have been free of the bloating, cramping, bleeding , clotting, and the spinning hormonal blender for years.
    Me and my whatever couldn’t be happier.
    Being able to wear white slacks 365 days a year? Priceless.
    It’s great to live in an age where women outlive that nuisance for decades after menopause.
    A hundred years ago when women’s lifespan averaged 48 years, many poor ladies never knew how wonderful life was like after “the curse”.
    Many men, on the other hand, go through their, ‘man-opause”, and are never really quite the same are they?

    1. Beautiful response Judith! Yes it it’s wonderful for sure and it’s one less thing to deal with in our busy, active lives. Your last sentence reminds me of another blog where I believe many of them have had that “curse” for almost and over 60 years.

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