Now that local lefty Hilary Hodge has entered the race to unseat local righty Dan Miller in the 3rd Supervisorial district, expect the campaign to get down and dirty, even nasty at times.
I’m referring, of course, to campaign coverage by self-proclaimed seasoned journalist Jeff “Podunk” Pelline, who is still smarting from Miller’s defeat of Podunk fav Terry Lamphier in the 2014 contest for the same seat.
Podunk was particularly incensed when local construction big wig Keoni Allen hoisted a banner proclaiming “Miller Time” on a building he owns on Main Street in Grass Valley. The building also houses the office of the Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce, and Pelline demanded chamber officials force Allen to remove the banner. The banner stayed put.
What did this have to do with the issues residents considered when deciding who to vote for? Nothing, of course. It was just Pelline’s way of trying to torpedo Miller’s campaign. It didn’t work as Dandy Dan won handily.
Hodge became Podunk’s favorite columnist in The Union after she started writing for paper, lunching with her at least once and defending her against the slings and arrows tossed her way by local conservatives. (Conservatives seemed to be particularly annoyed that she used her column to keep reminding people she’s a lesbian.)
Podunk’s been convinced for several weeks that Hodge was going to run for supervisor (seasoned journalists “know” these things) and I’m sure it was just a coincidence that he was one of the first to get her announcement. He yearns to see Hodge join Heidi Hall and alleged liberal Richard Anderson on the Board of Supervisors to create a new progressive majority.
He has predicted an “ugly, polarizing” race for Miller’s seat, just like four years ago (“here we go again”). Now that we know where Pelline stands, we’ll see how much of this Miller has to absorb.