Saturday, August 09, 2008

Clark, Atkins Kick Off Partisan Campaign

I guess I shouldn't be too surprised. Looks like Goerge Clark and Linda Atkins have joined their campaigns together at the hip, even to the point of using campaign signs with both their names on them.

I'd wondered how partisan Clark was going to make this race after he started out right at the start emphasizing his so- called progressive credentials. Now we know for sure. He's started a blog with the first post a stab at Republican's proposals for more offshore oil drilling.

And don't you love his logo at the top right of the blog: Going local? Right out of the gate he takes on an issue that's outside the jurisdiction of the office he's seeking. You can be sure we'll be seeing some letters to the editor in the local papers within the next few months from either Clark, Atkins or others comparing Frank Jager or Polly Endert to George Bush. Wonder if Jake Pickering is working on one already?

What an ugly campaign Clark has started. It will be interesting to see which style prevails. Jager's non- partisan approach dealing with local issues, or the Clark/ Atkins approach of using a city council race to pontificate national issues? I'm hoping Eurekans will be as fed up as I am already with turning this into such a partisan race.

24 Comments:

At 7:36 AM, Blogger Rose said...

I LAUGHED out LOOUD! when I saw that stand too, Fred.

He tried to turn it local saying - oooh, it could mean another OIL SPILL here...

These guys only win by keeping people unhappy, scared and divided.

It is a NON-PARTISAN office. He apparently doesn't get that, either.

Then heraldo tries to market him as the first candidate to try a blog - nope - Jeffrey "yougofree.com" Schwartz tried that already, and Charles Ollivier also had one.

 
At 9:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Non-partisan offices do not mean non-partisan elections, they simply mean that political parties do not choose the General Election candidates through the party primary system.

As for offshore oil, great - make more money for Exxon before we use up all the fuel and leave the kids holding the bag.

The people of Eureka are lucky to have four good people running for council.

 
At 10:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like the figure out what we buy here and then bring in the manufacturer to make it - does he think this would include clothing? or toys? or what?

I don't know that he has got a handle on what the City Council does. They can control bringing back the pain up and fix up program that I think the Redevelopment Agency did for years, but the reason this stopped is prevailing wage when using Redevelopment money and the homeowner just can't afford that.

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

Yet another wing-nut out-of-touch progressive socialist falling off the conveyor belt

 
At 11:37 AM, Blogger Rose said...

It's not about making more money for Exxon.

It's about being able to drive to work, it's about the cost of the food that gets trucked in.

It's not as simple as the hate rhetoric makes it out to be.

Clark looks like another Dave Meserve, trying to get elected so he can have a soapbox and his fifteen minutes of fame tilting at Bush windmills, and ignoring the people here.

It's EXACTLY what you can expect from "Local Soilutions."

 
At 1:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can see Fred's point about the partisanship. But we have to give George Clark some credit -- he's keeping those Loco Solutions control freaks at a fair distance. Good sign that he's not letting the David Cobb hucksters run his campaign into the ground like they did with LaVallee and Abrams in Eureka just a couple of years back.

 
At 2:38 PM, Blogger Fred said...

Well, quite honestly, I was of the impression Clark is working with Local Solutions simply because he is so partisan and progressive. I suppose I could be wrong but, from what it looks like, there doesn't seem to be much difference between the two if I am.

As far as Cobb, I wouldn't know how to discern his involvement.

 
At 3:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd say offshore oil drilling IS a local issue. At least for anyone who lives near the sea shore.

But if you stay at home in your underwear and play card games on your computer all day, I can understand that local means something much more limited.

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

LOL

BTW, Fred likes Aces High which is a really dated WWII flight sim.

 
At 10:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hear rumors that Kerrigan is bringing in high-powered help from the outside for this joint campaign, that he met when working for the Edwards campaign in the midwest. I wouldn't put it past this group but is there any truth to this??

 
At 5:43 AM, Blogger Fred said...

"...which is a really dated WWII flight sim.".

Don't know where you come up with that. The game is updated all the time. Many of the people playing it come from other ww2 flight sims they weren't happy with.

As far as Kerrigan bringing in outside help, I don't know, but it wouldn't surprise me.

3:02 wrote, "I'd say offshore oil drilling IS a local issue. At least for anyone who lives near the sea shore.".

But it's not something a city council critter would have anything to do with. If he was running for a state or federal office, then it would be an issue he'd be dealing with.

 
At 8:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

George's Campaign Manager is some guy Kerrigan met back in Iowa and convinced to come west. NOT a local, which is both good and bad, with years and years of big time experience. Go George.

 
At 11:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

George "Local Solutions" Clark. It seems to me that where Kerrigan goes Local Solutions is in the picture. No wonder Kerrigan is bringing in someone he met in Iowa. George seems to have a stance on U.S. government issues so maybe out of town person will fit right in. As far as off shore oil drilling, Eureka City Council can't stop that one. I don't think Eureka would even have a say if they started drilling in Petrolia as they did years ago.

 
At 8:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually, Kerrigan and Associates (Richard Salzman) is backing Estelle Fennell for the Supervisor seat in SoHum.

Loco Solutions (David Cobb and Kaitlin Sociopath-Belknap) is backing Clif Clendenden.

Should be proof positive of a growing fissure in the liberal ranks, which can only be a good thing for those of use who despise machine politics and the hacks like David and Kaitlin trying to order the rest of us around.

 
At 10:17 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

AMEN!

 
At 10:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I hear rumors that Kerrigan is bringing in high-powered help from the outside for this joint campaign, that he met when working for the Edwards campaign in the midwest. I wouldn't put it past this group but is there any truth to this??"

Oh yes, his name is Alec Johnson who is a devout socialist. Just google him. He approves of Chavez and other dictators.

You know I know George and liked him. But, if this is really what is in his head, there is no way he will get my vote for anything.

Jager has a long history of contributing to this community. Hope he blows Mr. Johnson back to Iowa and Edwards.

 
At 11:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

GREAT post Fred.

WTF does oil drilling and the Republicans do with trying to run the City of Eureka?

 
At 12:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fred, why not a post asking Chris Kerrigan and Shane Brinton what they think of their hero John Edwards now?

 
At 12:35 PM, Blogger Fred said...

Because John Edwards' business should be John Edwards' business, not everybody else's.

 
At 1:31 PM, Anonymous tom said...

Actually, Kerrigan and Associates (Richard Salzman) is backing Estelle Fennell for the Supervisor seat in SoHum.

Loco Solutions (David Cobb and Kaitlin Sociopath-Belknap) is backing Clif Clendenden.

Should be proof positive of a growing fissure in the liberal ranks, which can only be a good thing for those of use who despise machine politics and the hacks like David and Kaitlin trying to order the rest of us around.


whoa! goodness knows what might happen if the people run their own election instead of letting pacs and lobbyists do it for them!

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

kerrigan is a joke and definately needs lots of help what a waste his 4 years on the council has been

 
At 6:04 PM, Blogger Fred said...

The above was let in, by me, but probably shouldn't have been as I don't read much substance in it.

 
At 12:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What about the Arcata City Council races? Is the Humboldt County Democratic Central Committee going to endorse the young Communist Shane Brinton?

 
At 10:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Partisanship is the cancer in local government and Progressives just thrive on it like cattle feed. If it wasn't for partisanship, they'd have nothing to stand on. Does the city of Eureka need more of that? One has to carefully disect what the Progressives say before finding there's no kernal in the Progressives' mantra after the husk is removed. I wonder how the local unions will respond to the the Progressives' No Growth/No Jobs approach? No wait, there will certainly be many appealing jobs for union workers when Humboldt Bay is turned into a kayak refuge, for example. I can see it now: Humboldt Bay Kayak Guide Local #431, Critical Mass Local #755, and Push Your Grocery Cart Down Broadway Local #537 coming to your town soon! Sweet. Head'em up, move'm out. Gee, not to mention the plethora of related "correct" business that will bring. I'm sure the unions will find attractive "living wages" there. Do we need more Whine, Whine, Whippy, Whippy, or just some common sense, reason, and sound decision making? Voters will respond to candidates who focus on the important issues, not lifestyle change and mindless activism. Nope, harnessing the Progressives' political hot wind just won't get the city's ballon off the ground I'm afraid. There's a positive zephyr out there somewhere. I think we'll find at least one candidate who is already issue and city focused and has a track record that is not stained with a political agenda.

 

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