Monday, June 05, 2006

Best Campaigner of the Season

That title goes to Frank Jager, our very own County Coroner. No mudslinging, no misleading statements, no bombarding of one ad after another all over TV and radio. If only all candidates followed his example. The Eureka Reporter gave him this much deserved interview, I suppose, because he deserves it. Good luck on Tuesday Frank!

63 Comments:

At 1:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

He was unopposed! As was Gary Philp and Carolyn Crnich. Maybe a few others.

That's not fair. You know from the NoT campaign you have to pay to get your message out.

I'd vote for Geist. No negative ads, against 3 opponents.

 
At 2:09 PM, Blogger Fred said...

Nope. Frank wins.

 
At 3:50 PM, Blogger Rose said...

If you read the letter in the Eureka Reporter from the Orange County DDA who happens to be the Orange County DAs wife - praising Paul and saying that their CAST unit only has one prosecutor - I suggest you look into that DA and his lovely wife... no wonder he likes Paul...

Missing Wives, Lousy Lies & Mob Ties
Exhaustive grand-jury investigation confirms DA corruption
http://www.ocweekly.com/features/features/missing-wives-lousy-lies-mob-ties/21742/

On June 26, the Orange County grand jury rocked the local legal establishment when it declared that Rackauckas routinely abuses his awesome prosecutorial powers to protect friends and punish perceived enemies. According to the grand jury’s fact-filled, 100-page report, "Office of the District Attorney: An in-depth investigation," the DA is Nixonian in the darkest sense of the word: paranoid, petty, partisan, secretive, retaliatory and arrogant. And though this was a civil proceding, it’s easy to conclude that the jury’s findings demand a criminal investigation.

To those who read the Weekly, that description is hardly news. We’ve chronicled Rackauckas’ numerous ethical lapses since he took office four years ago. What’s impressive is that the grand jury—historically a panel of 19, mostly lethargic citizens who avoid the county’s uglier controversies—had the courage to investigate the DA and then report its disturbing findings.

http://www.ocweekly.com/news/news/das-wife-missing/21824/

On March 5, while Orange County District Attorney Anthony "Tony" Rackauckas celebrated his overwhelming reelection at the Sutton Place Hotel in Newport Beach, observers noticed his wife, Kay, was nowhere to be found. Her absence, explained as a need to stay home with a sick baby, still registered as an oddity.

In fact, by then, Kay Rackauckas—a deputy DA in her husband’s controversy-plagued office—had already been absent for months. She still hasn’t reported to work, and colleagues can’t agree where she’s supposed to be.

Kay Rackauckas’ mysterious absence from the DA’s office comes at a convenient time for her and her husband. For the past six months, the Orange County grand jury—acting in concert with state Attorney General Bill Lockyer—has investigated what sources familiar with the investigation call "possible felonies" concerning Tony Rackauckas’ past four years in the DA’s office.

Neither the grand jury nor the attorney general’s office will officially comment on the direction of the probe or even whether it exists. But sources familiar with the investigation say the DA’s top officials, including Rackauckas himself, testified last month. The Republican DA also retained as his counsel prominent Democrat Tom Umberg. Umberg, a Clinton administration official, has no criminal-defense experience but is tight with Lockyer, a fellow Democrat.

Those same sources say Kay Rackauckas’ missing-in-action status coincides with the grand jury’s wish to make her testify.

"She has been subpoenaed but hasn’t appeared before the panel," said a source. "She’s MIA, and you’re not going to find her until after the grand jury disbands."... and there's more

Will this ever end?

 
At 3:55 PM, Blogger Eric V. Kirk said...

Anon 1:13 - you wrote:

"I'd vote for Geist. No negative ads, against 3 opponents."

I don't believe Gallegos has aired any negative ads, unless I missed them. Will you vote for him?

 
At 3:59 PM, Blogger Rose said...

Looks like someone beat me to it - now that I am reading comments on the other posts, Fred.

Amazing amazing amazing.

Tim Stoen, Norm Vroman and now this guy "Tony" Rackauckas - Richard Salzman

The company you keep, Paul... the lies that masquerade as spin.

Let's find out just how many child abuse prosecutors are in Orange County - and whether Kay Rackauckas really wrote that letter or just signed her name to it.

 
At 4:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Eric at 3:55 - whaaaaa

Guess you didn't pick up the Eureka Reporter or the Times Standard today, sunday and saturday. I'd darn say the ads were more than negative. They were uniquely Salzman, negative and sleazy.

And the radio ad that I heard this morning on 100.3 is as bad.

Sorry Eric - but your boy is about as negative as they come. No vote for him from me. I'm with
Worth.

 
At 4:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

BS Eric

 
At 4:13 PM, Blogger Bitxxx said...

Funny how the overwhelming impression is that Worth is running a negative campaign. I think it is those ads with his ugly mug in them. Just plain scary.

 
At 4:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe he can get a job with Rauckakaass

 
At 4:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe PAUL can get a job with Rauckakaass

 
At 4:27 PM, Blogger Bitxxx said...

Or maybe Worth can.

 
At 4:35 PM, Blogger Eric V. Kirk said...

Which ads? None of the ads I've seen have even mentioned Dikeman.

Then again, I don't watch a whole lot of TV, nor do I listen to much commercial radio.

I did hear an ad in which the ABA ethical standard for prosecutor independence was read, and I suppose that could be interpreted as an indirect swipe at Dikeman.

Maybe you can describe one of his negative ads to me.

 
At 4:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok - how about the one that looks like the Dikeman Ad that has the horrible picture of Worth on it that says that the election is all about the recall and its all about palco and has nothing to do with Paul's record.

Its about as negative as they get Eric.

Paul's whole campaign has been negative Eric.

 
At 4:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bit - bite me baby. You are low class for attacking someone like Worth on a personal level.

And because I am not going to lower myself to your very low level, I won't make any cracks about your boys mug either

 
At 4:57 PM, Blogger Bitxxx said...

Hey I'm not attacking him just speaking the truth about impressions.

 
At 4:59 PM, Blogger Eric V. Kirk said...

anon - 4:46 - haven't seen it, but it sounds negative from your description.

rose - I referenced your piece, and your blog, on my own blog. I regard it as kind of a typical ad hominum attack, but there's nothing coming from the Dikeman campaign about Rackauckas’ op-ed. It's all too late to have any impact obviously, but a word of advice, you might at least slip in a little subtantive criticism of the piece.

 
At 5:10 PM, Blogger Eric V. Kirk said...

As for Paul's "whole campaign" being "negative" - please. Check the homepages of each candidate's website. On Paul's, you have to dig to find criticism of Dikeman. On Dikeman's, you have to dig to find praise of Dikeman. It's all about Paul.

That's why Dikeman will probably lose tomorrow.

 
At 5:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

trouble is eric, Paul's record is a disaster. Any criticism of Paul's record is viewed as negative by you.

Pau;'s record is his problem and the truth hurts.

 
At 5:42 PM, Blogger Eric V. Kirk said...

Yes, criticism is negative, whether true or false. But unfortunately for Dikeman, that's all he has to offer. He offers no vision of leadership, but rather simply promises to be a good beaurocrat. That might have sold well in Humboldt a decade ago, but it's a different county now.

 
At 6:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

well, eric, what happens when more people are fired or quit?

we can already see what happens when the DA can't bring himself to work with law enforcement, because in schizephrenic mind, he sees himself as separate.

we can already see what happens when he can't bring himself to work at all - that's why things are falling apart, eric

nice rhetoric, though, you're a good torch bearer for your boy, so sincere.

 
At 7:39 PM, Anonymous wag said...

It seems to me that an elected official such as a District Attorney should be able to count on his staff to support him, not undermine his authority and stab him in the back every chance they get. If they can't support him, and they don't have the good grace to quit, he shouldn't waste any time giving them the boot because the office isn't going to run efficiently, and that is a disservice to the community.

I don't understand why Gallegos didn't give Dikeman the heave-ho years ago, and from what I've seen I don't have any problem with Jackson's firing (whatever the reason may have been). There are plenty of experienced attorneys who would leave the hell of LA, Orange County, etc. in a nanosecond to work in the DA's office up here.

 
At 7:40 PM, Blogger Heraldo said...

No vote for the Dikeman/EPD-style bureaucracy.

 
At 9:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Best campaign ad of the decade is NO on T's cereal ad in the Times Standard and Eureka Reporter.

Chris Crawford is a genius...

No, Crawford is a sexy genius!

 
At 11:00 PM, Blogger Eric V. Kirk said...

"well, eric, what happens when more people are fired or quit?"

Well, generally speaking, you hire replacements. Or do you think there are no lawyers on the planet qualified to prosecute cases other than Alison Jackson and Worth Dikeman?

I doubt Dikeman will be in the office much longer. Not after this campaign.

 
At 12:09 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

anon 9:14--

I oppose Measure T, but as a Libertarian I found the cereal ad annoying as hell. It smacks of the "we'll tell you what's good for you" mentality that is really at the core of what all these bleeding-heart liberals are about.

On the bright side, Gallegos is going down tomorrow!

 
At 12:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

yeah, Paul's done such a good job hiring people so far - stoen, yougofree.com schwartz, yeah the orange coutny lawyers are dying to come up here and work for another guy who the grnad jury has found big problems with.

all this nonsensical rhetoric, false facades, no basis in reality...

 
At 4:31 AM, Anonymous sunnybrae girl said...

Back to the subject of the recent "copycat" negative ad from the Gallegos camp . . . Memo to Richard Salzman and Alison Sterling Nichols: Next time, try to spell correctly--ARKLEY was misspelled on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Sloppiness makes a statement. This is the second time I've spotted a spelling error in your ads, plus there was a grammatical error when Paul speaks of "A district attorney" (singular) then uses the plural pronoun "their". Remind me never to hire your ad people. On top of that, your ads didn't SAY anything. But it doesn't matter now. Worth delivered the knock-out blows in the print ad department (I hardly ever have the TV on). WOW!!

 
At 4:43 AM, Anonymous sunnybrae girl said...

http://waukesha.uwc.edu/academics/owl/pronoun.html

 
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At 7:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Go Worth!

 
At 8:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Eric and Wag - you are both out of it.

Worth rules!

 
At 9:43 AM, Blogger Eric V. Kirk said...

Guess we'll find out soon enough.

 
At 10:09 AM, Blogger Fred said...

Boy, I figured this post might generate one or two comments, if that. Look at what happened instead.

 
At 10:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sunnybrae girl rocks!

You go girl - keep calling them on it!

 
At 2:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

YaY, Sunnybrae Girl, you've been calling 'em for quite a while! telling it like it is.

Go Worth!

 
At 12:09 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Negative ads didn't help a bad candidate.

 
At 7:59 AM, Blogger Eric V. Kirk said...

anon 12:09 - That's how Dikeman lost. It's not enough to slam another candidate. You have to make people feel good about voting for you.

 
At 6:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

be happy with what you have done eric

 
At 7:03 PM, Blogger Bitxxx said...

I'm sure Eric is as happy as the rest of us.

 
At 8:55 PM, Blogger Eric V. Kirk said...

I'm very happy thank you. It'll be interesting to see what Gallegos can do once he's cleaned house and has a 4 year term instead having to run for office the whole time.

 
At 9:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

you just have no flipping clue what it is like to work there

 
At 10:10 PM, Blogger Bitxxx said...

And when all of those resentful employees are gone there will be a new era for the DA's office.

 
At 10:11 PM, Blogger Bitxxx said...

Change happens. Some hate it, some embrace it. Paul has been elected 3 times. Let him get down to business.

 
At 4:42 AM, Anonymous sunnybrae girl said...

"Once he's cleaned house?" Who's going to do the work? Empty offices? Mr. Gallegos has driven excellent people away from the office--talk to some of the former deputies yourself and get the facts. This has an impact on Humboldt County and our crime victims. The good, hardworking, experienced people have not been replaced, and the brunt of the work is now being supported by about four deputies.

 
At 7:22 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

and the new tim stoen yougofree.com isn't one of the ones carrying the load

 
At 7:26 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

it has nothing to do with cleaning house. it's a run for the lifeboats. the ship is no longer salvageable.

maybe you can get a job eric

 
At 7:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You People who profess to care about social justice and worker's rights sure are quick to abandon your ideals when it comes to this asshole.

It's only going to get worse. He is untouchable. Getting re-elected didn't magically make him more competent, or suddenly endow him with managerial skill or a work ethic.

I'm leaving.

 
At 10:05 AM, Blogger Eric V. Kirk said...

"maybe you can get a job eric"

Prosecution isn't my thing, but thanks for the suggestion anyway.

anon 7:41 - he ran a very successful private practive before he was first elected. You can't do that without a work ethic, nor without skills.

As to people leaving because of the "anti-business climate," businesses have been threatening to do that in San Francisco for decades now. Yet for every business that leaves, ten more want in. Property prices haven't dropped since Gallegos came to office.

 
At 1:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

very successful, eh? hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahh!

thanks. That's a good one.

 
At 4:26 PM, Blogger Bitxxx said...

If I am not mistaken all those poor folks in the DA's office aren't chained to their desks. If they don't like the change they should leave. If they have been there more than 3-5 years they should leave for their own personal growth.

This happens all the time in business. Some like the new boss, some hate him/her. Those who aren't happy too often stay around too long and make life more miserable for everyone including themselves. Productivity falls and they end up getting the boot. That's why corporations now emply the stupid "tell them they are fired and 5PM on Friday" routine complete with watching them pack up and follow them out the door.

 
At 4:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bit you are probably the stupidest SOB I have ever read.'

Oh yeah - this is a specialty you mindless twit. Not everyone can do brain surgery right out of law school - it takes years.

Yeah I pray that they finally say fuck you to mindless unappreciated twits like you and the whole thing falls apart. They would make a whole lot of money elsewhere and would be treated better and would have better benefits.

You idiot! Why do you think that they put up with all this crap. For the fun of it? The money? The benefits? Or for the great appreciation from asses like you. NO. They do it for this community and I for one have appreciated it.

My one only hope for you - you or your family member gets raped, robbed or killed and they have all left because of assholes like you!


Oh my god you are an absolute ass!

 
At 10:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i agree 4:49.

let them bring in the pro bono lawyers.

this is a child molester's wildest dream come true, a defense attorney's dream world, the world of yougofree.com/DA getouttajailfree

gallegos is a joke, the joker has control of the court, fools reign supreme

run for the lifeboats. the ship is not salvageable. frigid water with no life vest is better than this

 
At 12:46 AM, Blogger Eric V. Kirk said...

Sweet J.C.! How long are you guys going to whine about this? You lost an election. Get over it.

 
At 7:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

....you think that job is a cake walk..Clean house every couple of years and stick newbies in with no experience and let them work 80 hours a week in trial. NOT

They are chained to their desks because they have stayed to make sure that guys who kidnap 10 year olds, chlorophorm them, sexually abuse them and murder them are held accountable. Or that the serial murderer who walked into the police with a womans severed breast from her dead body is held accountable. Or that creeps that break into little old ladies homes in the middle of the night and rape them are held accountable. Or that people that torture, beat women and then kidnap them by throwing them into the trunk and dumping them are held accountable. That makes us all safer you idiot. It is an unbelievable responsibility and I for one think you should say thank you instead of fuck you.

Bit - you don't have the huevos to say who you are do you. Eric - God forgive you for your stupidity.

 
At 7:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

there's no forgiveness. this is too aggregious a wrong

 
At 7:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

where's the charming DA? AWOL.
if he wanted the job so bad, why hasn't he showed up for work?
there's dedication and leadership for ya

 
At 11:22 AM, Blogger Bitxxx said...

And that was such an honorable consession speach Dikeman made.

 
At 11:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So Bit,

Under your theory, when a patient needs brain surgery, they should pick the surgeon with no experience, instead of the surgeon who's done the necessary surgery hundreds of times, as the surgeon with 30 years of experience stayed too long and should have left for "personal growth" just when they were beginning to get a little expertise.

With others like you running around, I can only hope that Darwin was right because the gene pool is obviously very shallow.

 
At 11:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Eric,

The author above was obviously being sarcastic when they said you should apply, but from the hires that I've seen, you'd fit right in! And I'll now S-P-E-L-L I-T
O-U-T F-O-R Y-O-U that's not meant as a compliment.

 
At 1:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

anon 11:39 - brilliant and funny!

Anyone know why Eric blogs - he's too stupid to practice law.

 
At 4:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

flee the sinking ship. leave the rats there!

 
At 4:48 PM, Blogger Eric V. Kirk said...

Gosh. You sure got me.

 
At 5:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

yeah, go back to work

 

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