The race is back on. And it looks like one side got a head start. I received the following e-mail last night.
Today has been a very active day in our small little corner of the political world.
As you probably know, Johanna Rodoni has officially requested the governor to “suspend normal protocol” and immediately appoint her has Roger’s successor for the balance of his term.
Additionally, I understand the Supervisor Jill Geist, using Chair’s discretion, has also written the Governor, supporting this request, without the action or approval of the rest of the Board of Supervisors.
I also understand that at least 3 other letters in support of Johanna’s request have been received by the Governor this day. These have been written by Joe Russ IV, Rob Arkley and Archie “Red” Emerson.
It would appear to me that there is a considerable effort being applied to make this appointment happen, and quickly.
While I really don’t have any objections to Johanna being considered to fill Roger’s vacant term, I really feel the decision should be made by the Governor using the standard protocol, which allows for a request for applicants, time for submissions of resumes or CV’s, time to research and consideration, interviews and a final decision. There doesn’t appear to be any overwhelming reason that Humboldt County Board of Supervisors can’t wait a few weeks for an appointment to this vacancy. If the appointment was to happen after the June 3rd election, the will of the people could also be considered.
I urge you to write the Governor, copied to others, asking that:
1. The process not be rushed,
2. That normal protocol be followed and
3. To hear the will of the voters on June 3rd before making a decision.
Should either Clendenen or Fennel win a 50+% margin in June, wouldn’t it make sense to appoint that person to fill the next 8 months, then taking their rightful seat in January, thereby creating continuity on the Board.
Please address your letters to:
Honorable Arnold Schwarzenegger
Governor of the State of California
State Capital Building
Sacramento, CA 95814
Cc: Humboldt County Board of Supervisors
Congressman Mike Thompson
Senator Patricia Wiggins
Assemblymember Patty Berg
Loretta Nickolaus, Humboldt County Administrative Officer
BCC: Bill Thorington, firstname.lastname@example.org
And or call me at 496-4703 if you have any thoughts.
Bill Thoringon, Manager
Clendenen for Supervisor
707-725-4146 Campaign Office
Que sera sera. In the end, it’s just politics. Still, Clif’s campaign will wait until after the memorial to resume phone banking. I have no word on whether Thursday night’s debate is still on.
Here is the TS coverage.
Oddly enough, there’s no coverage from the Eureka Reporter.
Addendum: Whew! The letters attached to the TS article make this thread look like a Bible study!