Local Republicans Ready To Rumble?
Maybe so, now that most of the activists that left their Central Committee have returned. George Benzel is the newly elected Chair. I've seen his name around but don't believe I've ever met him. A number of other familiar faces and names are back in the pack as well: Mike Harvey, former Chair and now Vice- Chair; Joy Finley and Marc Matteoli, both of whom I know, Marc being my brother in law and living across the street from me. Joy and Marc sign on as district leaders or whatever the designation is. What I didn't see in this Eureka Reporter article was any mention of whether immediate past Chair, Lori Metheny, was at the meeting where all this took place. Are they all still speaking?
It will be interesting to see if they make any headway in Humboldt. Of course, these are really just the same faces from before so it would make more sense to ask if they'll do anything different. The Left has the ball and is running with it. We'll have to see if they take on any issues that are in with the mainstream and make them their own. I Wonder if they can become an effective counter to the relatively new lefty PAC, Local Solutions? They've got a tough row to hoe, most of them being hard partisan Republicans with fairly hard right political leanings.
There was mention in the e-mail that Local Solutions opposed the Big Box plan. I believe it said ANY big box plan. So, the two main players in the fight might well be Local Solutions and the Republican Central Committee, assuming the Republican's want to identify themselves as the other side in the fight. I suspect they won't have to as they could simply join the fight under the auspices of the Humboldt Economic Land Plan, which seems to consist pretty much of high profile Republicans and developers, at least from what I've seen of it. I'm not sure that would be what HELP's function is supposed to be but, regardless, the same faces and names will likely be the ones in the fray, no matter what they call themselves.
Are we ready to rumble?