I was quoted in this article a couple times. Jason Probst, formerly of the Roseville Press-Tribune wrote this article.
Basically, it highlighted some of the rifts in the local party that have manifest themselves after Doolittle was forced to retire. Interestingly, some of those causing the problems were staunch enemies of Doolittle. (Karen England, Ken Campbell)
I take note of two quotes in this article:
Within the Placer County Republican Central Committee—which is the workhorse of the local Republican party—the hard-right contingent and moderate wing are in open war over the party’s direction and how to approach virtually every task.
Spencer Short – part of the contingent labeled as moderate had the following quote at the end:
“John had a way of bringing people together and working through issues. The central committee has had some issues that haven’t fairly been addressed,” he said. “Those issues need to be critically approached and discussed honestly.”
Interesting, the last year has been a public discussion in local media about said issues. Welcome to politics…
It is no secret. Deric Rothe, the flaming liberal editor of the Auburn Journal hates Conservatives and Republicans…
Case and point:
Article One - Tom McClintock Earmarked for Budget, Natural Resources Committee Posts in 2011.
Maybe Rothe’s pet cockroaches were trying to be clever with the title? Tom McClintock has famously signed the no new earmarks pledge – something Rothe and his crew have used repeatedly to get Scott Yuill, Rocky Rockholm and others in hot water with over the last two years.
Why? Because McClintock is regarded as someone who does not bring home the pork barrell spending within the district. Now, they turn the tables and use Earmark and McClintock in the same line… for search engines?
Article Number 2: Bag on Brian Jagger some more. In the process – try to tie Jagger’s maladies to Kirk Uhler and POOF guess who the Rothe’s Pet Cockroaches called this time?
Marlene George – queen of the Granite Bay NIMBY’s against Kirk Uhler. To Marlene’s credit – she did not take the bait thrown out by the AJ.
They could have called a number of people for balance, but this is the same paper that refused to correct a baltant lie about solar power contracts that were given to a company with a similar name – that was not owned by Uhler and Weygandt’s Brother.
Two-Plus years that lie has been allowed to stand. But, as I have written before – Deric Rothe is a convicted Cocaine Dealer who came to Placer County to find a soft-touch judge that restored his civil rights.
If Rothe started practicing journalism and stopped trying to destroy people with his newspaper – maybe I’d stop telling people about his felony conviction. Which, by the way Brian Jagger, Kirk Uhler and John Doolittle do not have – only Rothe.
People with personal axes to grind accused our former Congressman of doing this…
There is a key difference: Deric Rothe, the convicted cocaine dealer editor of the Auburn Journal is possessed with a desire for revenge and no evidence. And, to this day is using his paper in an attempt to try and prevent John Doolittle from making a living even after he was exhonerated from a six-year investigation in to corruption charges.
On the other hand, Barbara Boxer has been caught red-handed. (Mr. Rothe might want to take some notes about what real corruption is:)
Republican Senate candidate Carly Fiorina claims Democratic U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer is exchanging earmarks for campaign cash.
At issue, says Fiorina, is a fundraiser by the Washington, D.C. firm Alcalde and Fay. The firm is sponsoring a fundraiser for Boxer’s re-election campaign, months after winning a federal earmark for one its clients, the Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District. Fiorina’s campaign told the Associated Press that Boxer got an earmark worth almost $2 million for construction work designed to help the bridge withstand a major earthquake.
Fiorina, who trails Boxer in the polls, says the incumbent’s requested more than $6.5 million in earmarks for projects represented by Alcalde and Fay. She says Boxer shouldn’t take campaign money from the firm, and shouldn’t seek earmarks when the federal government’s facing a massive deficit.
A spokeswoman for the senator says there’s no connection between the projects and fundraising. And she says the earmarks are examples of how Boxer fights for money that will create jobs in California.
Now – if the Auburn Journal editorializes on this, I will be impressed.
At any rate- it sucks to be Barbara Boxer.
… and a major headache for one Assemblyman and state Seante Candidate Ted Gaines.
John Doolittle. Congressman – whose penchant for earmarking was fine for 16 years until a few folks with a personal axe to grind made an issue of it.
John Doolittle – someone reputed to be isolated, aloof, with few friends. At least if you listen to people who don’t like him.
John Doolittle – innocent man, but in the world of politics, when someone close to you is crooked – an opportunist can come in and make an issue of it to smear you. Remember, Jack Abramoff who was convicted of corruption and spent time in Federal Prison? Jack raised and donated to John Doolittle – therefore John Doolittle was corrupt, right?
Ted Gaines was one of those who capatalized on this weakness of John Doolittle, so did another Republican candidate who does not even live here anymore. (Most of his major supporters have moved on to the Tea Parties or out of the County now.)
Ted Gaines? His political career was practically launched by John Doolittle from his early days in local government he enjoyed the support of the Doolittle machine.
The opportunist on the Dem side was an empty Military Uniform named Charlie Brown. He ran against Doolittle in 2006 – losing by only 3% and he came within 1700 votes of Tom McClintock who stepped in after Gaines and company forced a badly damaged John Doolittle to retire.
(we know the story about the $8 million beating put on McClintock in the primary – so I won’t repeat it)
Now Charlie Brown was appointed by Obama to ruin our military in some job in the pentagon.
Here’s the irony. John Doolittle has been absolved, acquitted and basically found innocent by virtue of the arrogant jerks in the Justice department saying after 6+ years and bankrupting John Doolittle personally that they are not pursuing their investigation any longer.
However, Charlie Rangel (who was one of Charlie Brown’s biggest boosters) – who also raised money for and donated to Charlie Brown just got indicted on 13 counts by the house ethics committee.
For the benefit of those with axes to grind or personal agendas against John Doolittle – the final indictment score is Rangel 13, John Doolittle 0.
Imagine if Charlie Brown had beaten Tom McClintock? (this blogger and others would be having a field day right now)
Further Irony – a now exhonerated and restored John Doolittle is supporting Roger Niello for office over former nemises Ted Gaines and Charlie Brown is sitting in the Pentagon happy right about now that he is not in office.
Will this affect the SD-01 Race?
The 7 year lynch mob has found no evidence to pursue a prosecution of John Doolittle.
In the process – John Doolittle has spent everything he has defending himself, political opportunists piled on him, all the while, those of us that knew him well knew he was an honest man.
Similar to most political accusations – the Dem Cent Com Chairman is quoted as being sorry the investigation didn’t yield any fruit.
Let this be a lesson to those in politics about accusations and how you handle them. Some will never listen to or pay attention to the truth.
Neither did the Justice Department – they waited until they destroyed the man.