Jeff “Podunk” Pelline, proclaiming himself a seasoned journalist, predicts an “ugly, polarizing” race for the third supervisorial district next year. Of course, incumbent Supervisor Dan Miller is the only candidate to actually enter the race, but that doesn’t stop the seasoned journalist from proclaiming “here we go again.”
If this sounds like a familiar refrain from the seasoned journalist, you have a long memory. Apparently having nothing better to do on Christmas Day of 2013, Podunk wrote he was going to “peel the onion off the skin” in the 2014 political races.
“I smell another contentious year of elections with unqualified albeit ideologically-minded people jumping into the race to ‘save us’; a ‘secret state’ if you will. Nasty personal attacks will surface too.”
“The real target for the hard right in this instance is Greg Diaz,” then seeking reelection as county clerk/recorder. Apparently the seasoned journalist’s nose betrayed him in this instance because Diaz ran unopposed in the June primary and waltzed to victory.
Undaunted, the seasoned journalist is putting his nose to work again, this time over my speculation that Hilary Hodge will run for a seat on the Grass Valley City Council. “Hmm. This doesn’t pass the smell test, at least to this seasoned journalist,” Podunk wrote.
When I first wrote that Hodge would pass up the supervisors’ race and run for the council, Podunk said I was dead wrong. Does he know something we don’t know? If he does, he should report it on his blog, like any first-class journalist would.
Or maybe the seasoned journalist is a ally of Hodge, waiting for a prearranged date to declare her candidacy. In other words, a stooge for Hodge. This is what can happen to seasoned journalists when they are reduced to making their living in the sub-basement of journalism.