When Bonnie went negative during the primaries, I really was worried about what her campaign would come up with for the November general election. I told Virginia and her husband Matt that they needed to hire professional consultant from Sacramento to bring this election home. "We don't want a professional, we want you!" Cute. But I was a nervous campaign chair for the whole summer. Luckily I had a candidate that would willingly walk the district over and over. Grass roots, locally driven making relationships door to door. And there was no way I could do this without Matt's help. And this was while he was working 60 hours plus a week. Hardest worker I know.
The local Democrats could have done a better job in helping their endorsed candidates. The Mailer they did for Kuhnel, Glass and LaValle were the worse by far and had absolutely the worst timing. Right smack dab in between absentee voters and poll voters. They didn't ask for my advice though. They asked me to leave the room during an executive meeting so they could discuss. The $10,000 dollars they sent to the Neely and Cleary ($5,000 each) campaigns was something they should do early in the campaigns, not later. Bonnie may have spent $300,000 this election. Whatever the total finally is, it will establish a record for the ages for Humboldt County politics. And most of it was in very large doses NOT from the 4th District.
I was asked to resign my position on the HCDCC. ("Bullied" actually if you want the truth, during a "Mob" scene at the October general Humboldt County Democratic Central Committee meeting.) If this is the "tolerant" "inclusive" party, I would have to say they need a little work. Larry Glass, Linda Adkins, Ron Kuhnel, Andrew Bird, Peter LaValle, Bob and Pam Service and others asked for my head on a platter for endorsing a "Declined to State" candidate and two moderate Democrats in Eureka. (Mike Newman, Marian Brady and Virginia Bass) Funny that they did not bring me to task when I endorsed and sent money to Green Party candidates in the past. (I do feel bad for Milt Boyd and others on the committee that will have to do my job. I did a lot of grunt work, set up and clean up of events, Recording Secretary, tabling of fairs/registering Democrats, troubleshooting Headquarters Computer and equipment, and other stuff people take for granted.
Past HCDCC chair Patrick Riggs said it best, "It all really comes down to that dirty piece of property by the Bay." It sure did. Loud and clear.
If the Provisional voters turn out to be the key for Gallegos to return to office, then a tip of the hat to Richard Salzman for being the top "on the ground level" campaigner in Humboldt County. And it may have been the North Country Fair that turned the tide. I witnessed him registering and re-registering many young HSU types and having them volunteer for Paul.
Since when are local businesses determined to be "evil developers?" These people who supply jobs and taxes that make our local economy go? Just who are they?
To close, endorsements do not win or lose elections. Or Bonnie would have won in a landslide. Wille Brown said it best, "Have a simple winning message and repeat it over and over." "Time for a Change. Get Hooked on Bass." "It is time to clean up the Marina Center. Join the Brady Bunch." "We need jobs. I am a NEW Man for the job." Laugh, cry or get angry. But don't shoot me, I am just the messenger.
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