Monday, October 30, 2006

 

LaVallee's October surprise?

No, not this afternoon's meeting. The ER quietly broke this story a few days ago. Now according to Captain Buhne, LaVallee is commenting: "I am disappointed in my opponent."

The plane trips themselves don't amount to much in terms of intrinsic value, but it's not an image you want tossed into the field a week before the election. Probably won't make a huge difference as there probably aren't many fence sitters at this point anyway, but it can potentially take her into what wonks like to call "off message."

Between this, the HBC poll, and tonight's special city council meeting, there'll be plenty on the front pages tomorrow. Just in time for the holiday.

Update: According to the ER article, and Mr. Ferguson who was the first to post in this thread, the trip was for a Bill Simon campaign event and thus not a gift under campaign finance guidelines, which certainly makes sense on the face of it as Bass probably wouldn't be campaigning for a local office in Palm Springs. If she did any schmoozing for funds or support when she was there it might be ambiguous, but we have no facts to make such an assumption. I will assume then that Bass is amending her statement in an abundance of caution rather than an admission of omission. Besides, how many of you have ever accounted for your frequent flyer miles in your income taxes?

That being said, Ferguson's counterpoint about Pierson's donations to LaVallee are only relevant if they were not reported. Perhaps he's more concerned about the image of Bass riding on the Arkley plane than the material aspects of the issue. Wierd how the plane trip invokes more of a negative image than an above-board $15,000 donation from the same source.

Comments:
Copy of message just sent to Captain Buhne.

You know, before you take anything Andrew Bird sends you as gospel, you might want to check with us.

There was no story last week, there will be no story tomorrow, and even if there is print on this, the facts have not changed.

Peter can made any wild assed statements he wants, it doesn't make them true. Just as I told the two reporters today at Peter's street corner news conference, he has no money for media buys so he's using the press to try to gin up coverage.

Jim Ferguson
Campaign Chairperson
Virginia Bass for Mayor
 
Gee Erwic, is Halloween a holiday? Or is it ^^$$^&^&#

never mind I was going to be rude but changed my mind/ a weak moment.
 
A sad desperate move by Peter and Company. This was the best they could come up with? Whoa. Stop the presses!
 
It sounds like it was reporters digging into this, not Peter. He just commented on it.

And yeah, taking Arkley donations, failing to report them, and then voting on Arkley projects doesn't look good.
 
True enough Heraldo, unless of course the reporter's acted on a lead from the LaVallee campaign. Wouldn't be the first time. You think Senator Allen didn't have anything to do with the Drudge story on Webb's "porn" writing?

On the other hand, you'd think if it was a LaVallee stunt that he'd have commented on it by now. The story's 5 days old.
 
Did Peter hold a press conference? On the jet subject? Or just answer questions to certain press about old news?
 
Don't know. All I know is in Captain Buhne's post.
 
Perturbed at the continous postings by Charles Douglas and his good friend Nick Bravo have done through blog land? Thank Tracey Herrin, Attorney at Law, located at 917 3rd Street, Eureka CA and down the hall from Charles Douglas. She is providing free illegal DSL service to Charles from her computer. She has stated many times what Charles does is none of her business. Peter Martin, landlord of the building and also an attorney, is fully aware of the fact Charles lives in his office,Suite E, and is not running a legit on-line paper. Peter is also aware of his eithics and conduct. Both continue to enable Charles who only pays $150.00 for rent with drug money or money borrowed or stolen.
 
The press reports say Peter called the news conference to discuss this issue.
 
Then Peter is really desperate. Or Salzman told him to try this last ditch effort.
 
I would like to know what other city officials have been for a ride in "The Plane".
 
Yeah, you guys must be kidding - anyone who takes anything from Rob and Cherie create the impression of a conflict of interest. Virginia is - and should be - in trouble over this, especially in "forgetting" to report the "gift" (inducement, relationship-builder, whatever. It's LOBBYING).
 
Seems to me there is a substantial difference in value between a the low-price from Expedia.com for a regularly sheduled flight on one of those little death-ride jobs that fly in and out of here, and the value of a free ride on a specially-chartered private jet.

And then for her to blame it on her campaign treasurer?
 
So let me get this straight, the "slate" can take over $36,000 of cash contributions from Bill Pierson alone for this 2006 election, but if someone took two same-day flights to the Bay Area for a political rally on a jet four years ago (valued at $400) that is bad?

How many meals does Bill Pierson buy for Neely, LaVallee and Kerrigan (since I've personally seen them dining with Bill)?

Pierson contributed almost 15% of Kerrigan's last City Council funds. No conflict of interest there, huh?

Can anyone tell me the difference between a large cash contribution and a bribe?
 
Check with the California FPPC, as Virginia's campaign did (per both local rags) to get actual numbers.

If you don’t like it, then take it up with the California FPPC and stop begging for free publicity on non-issues.
 
Virginia's shot against DUHC was much lower, and much more stupid.
 
"much more stupid" ? Boy I really like that one. 8:33AM must have taken English at Eureka High.
 
LaVallee must be panicked. Pulling out the stops.

LaVallee is a cheap politician with no indepentant thought, with goofy hat.

Is he one of the Salzman politico's?
 
Carol Ann don't you live in Loleta? Maybe you should start asking questions about County supervisor Bonnie Neely ! Her relationship with Chris Kerrigan, Richard Salzman, and so on.

Gee local politics is every bit as slimey as national politics.
 
You forget about Carol and Gregs ties to the infamous R. Trent.
 
The goblins are out today, honey, eh? Happy Halloween!
 
"Virginia's shot against DUHC was much lower, and much more stupid."

Virginia didn't "shot" against DUHC, her husband did.

The complaint with the City was filed months ago.

It just takes the gub-ment "much more time" to get things done in this town.

Bottom line: was DUHC out of compliance with the law? Did they have the proper permits?

Everybody else is held to a higher standard with the Cobbites. How do they look in the light of day?
 
Yeah - Boo.

8:59, we are very happy with our county supervisor, Jimmy Smith. I am also happy to be co-chair of Dems for Neely with Congressman Mike Thompson. Richard Salzman and Chris Kerrigan support Bonnie Neely, too. So do a lot of Republicans, as they always have. Go demonize somebody else.

The comment about sleaze was right on, though. We're looking forward to November 8.
 
10:24 how do you know when the complaint was filed?

seems you would be -
Virginia Bass
Matthew Owen
Jim Furguson

So, speaking of the light of day - why don't you reveal yourself for all to see. Or will you just hide?
 
WHAT HAPPENED TO THE OPEN TOOBEY RANCH THREAD ?????

COME ON MAN, FESS UP!
 
Call the City and ask their procedure to file a complaint.
 
Then ask the staff with regards to the previous Eureka City Attorney, how long did it take for any action (if at all) from the City.
 
I'm not sure if I'm Bonnie Neely I want it coming out that, "Richard Salzman and Chris Kerrigan support Bonnie Neely".

Kind of like a Democrat bragging that Karl Rove is endorsing their campaign.
 
Another good question:

HOw many trips have Virginia and MaryBeth taken on that jet?

Answer: More than they're admitting.
 
Kind of like a Democrat bragging that Karl Rove is endorsing their campaign.

Speaking of Lieberman, I'm going out on a limb and predicting a big surprise next week.
 
http://buhnetribune.blogspot.com/

And why not ask for the flight manifest? Or is that too easy?
 
Eric:

The papers say Bass has gotten something like $2,000 from Cherie for auction items. It was Nancy who got the $15,000 cash.
 
private planes don't have manifest's ! Do you mean flight plan or are you just trying to sound like you know something?
 
Boss! Boss! De plane! De plane!
 
Carol Ann and Greg - why do you wait until Halloween to take off your masks?

Please put them back on - you are scaring the adults.
 
Ya'll better check with Mary Beth Wolford before making accusations that she took a flight on the Arkley jet.
 
Greg: Why do you bring up the Democrats for Neely like it is a good thing? It was created to take another liberal Democrat out of the race in the primary. It worked but is was an affront to this lifelong Democrat.
 
1:16 PM ..... ditto !!!
 
Hey Richard (Marks): Did it ever occur to you that you're kind of dense and perhaps folks don't think you worth of holding this (nonpartisan) office? You keep whining about your political leanings but I've talked to you and I know you're dumb as a doornail.

Get over it buddy.
 
Where's the luv ???
 
6:03pm ok Richard or Ken.
 
I love it how Democrats will disparage Richard Marks and hide behind "anonymous said".

It takes a real big man/woman to rip someone in private, without using your real name.
 
I certainly agree, but you do see the irony in your post?
 
Richard Marks,

Your complaint that the creation of "Democrats for Neely" was divisive to the local Democratic Party was a lot more legitimate before you started campaigning for Republican Virginia Bass against Democrat Peter LaValle.

Our Democratic Congressman (Mike Thompson) State Senator (Wes Chesboro) and State Assemblywoman (Patty Berg) all endorsed Bonnie.

Bonnie earned her Democratic Party support. You are giving your personal support to Virginia out of petty personal spite.
 
ha hahahahahahah!

Matt Owen is hiding his face now because of his wife's blunder that is now all over the papers. Peter may have sounded whiny yesterday but Andy bitch-slapped Virginia today!

You thought you were so smart quietly leaking the story to the Eureka Reporter last week and trying to clean up the mess before anyone would notice. Nice try.

ha hahahahahahah!

What goes around comes around Matt. How do you feel about your preachy "everyone needs to follow the rules" now?!

Shouldn't you have been the one who filed the complaint with the FPPC against Virginia?

hypocrite!
 
Talk about hypocrite - Andy "bitch slapped" Virginia...9:32 you evidently have "issues" with women...Bitch slapped - how utterly inappropriate, but very revealing as to your mentality you mental midget.

And to me this thing with Ms. Bass is not big...its just Lavalle/R. Trent Sleazman graping at straws....didn't I read somewhere that Sleazmans candidate last election had the biggest FPPC fine ever for failing to report huge donations?

Face it, the FPPC is not about punishing people who find out that they have made a mistake and seek to correct it. They are about punishing people who try to hide things and don't correct things. This is the flaw with your post 9:32.

Bitch slapped - Really? Maybe your wife bitch slaps you too much and you in turn have to take it out on a woman who seems to be rather assertive and civic minded.

Go punch holes in the wall with R. Trent after the election and after Ms. Bass trounces Mr. Lavalle.
 
I would like to publicly thank Roger Rodoni for bringing "bitch-slap" and "mid-level bureaucratic whore" to the lexicon of local poltics. Hey, I used the word "lexicon".

On the Marks/Dem issue: HCDCC took NO stand on endorsing in the Fourth District Race. Bonnie's still a blinkin' Republican, and it's against HCDCC's rules to endorse Republicans. Yes, a great many of us local Dems do, however, support Bonnie as individual citizens. And yes, Richard, your Bass endorsement has made your objections seem weak. Sorry. HCDCC did not endorse in Jill Geist's district, either - and she also endorses Bass, and we feel we made the right decision in that race as well. Again, sorry. I enjoyed talking with you on the phone not long ago. Hopefully, we Dems can make the peace soon.

Best,

Greg
 
The entire basis for the Eytchison's FPPC complaint is, "on at least three occasions, cast votes favorable to the Arkleys."

When the truth comes out, we will all be laughing at the Eytchisons pathetic attempt to do a Sleazeman.
 
Greg - you are not being honest. The HCDCC voted not to endorse Marks to help Bonnie whom you said needed the committee's support. So while the HCDCC could't endorse her formally, when a dem ran against her, you guys didn't support the dem so now can endorse her. Pretty sick, lame and shamefull!

And you didn't endorse anyone from the 5th district because you had Geist who was loved and more than qualified and then you had Pat Higgins who was on the committee so decided not to pit one dem over the next. (A position that you bend when it suits you.)

Do not try and lie to these bloggers. You will be revealed.
 
Greg there seems to be very good reasons why you didn't get voted onto the board of supervisors!!!
 
Uh, just checking the blogs and I was a subject while at work. Let me address some items:

"Hey Richard (Marks): Did it ever occur to you that you're kind of dense and perhaps folks don't think you worth of holding this (nonpartisan) office? You keep whining about your political leanings but I've talked to you and I know you're dumb as a doornail."

Why is it whenever I make mention to Greg about my disagreement over his involvement with Democrats for Neely, someone comes to defense anonymously right after?

"Your complaint that the creation of "Democrats for Neely" was divisive to the local Democratic Party was a lot more legitimate before you started campaigning for Republican Virginia Bass against Democrat Peter LaValle.

Our Democratic Congressman (Mike Thompson) State Senator (Wes Chesboro) and State Assemblywoman (Patty Berg) all endorsed Bonnie."

True Anonymous. But I did donate campaign contributions and gather signatures for Wes and Mike. Why did they get involved? Bad politics. I admit the door has been opened to me to help Virginia and my wife and I have done this gladly.

"On the Marks/Dem issue: HCDCC took NO stand on endorsing in the Fourth District Race. Bonnie's still a blinkin' Republican, and it's against HCDCC's rules to endorse Republicans. Yes, a great many of us local Dems do, however, support Bonnie as individual citizens. And yes, Richard, your Bass endorsement has made your objections seem weak. Sorry."

Greg: I fear that there is more to this story that you are not sharing. I feel there was some back door politics going on. In any case, hey let's talk about it after this election. Have a sit down. Still don't like your answer on why you, personally decided to co-chair a committee against a fellow Democrat.

Oh, and evryone out there. Have a nice day. Even you wienies that post about me anonymously.
 
Yeah - it the "lack of credibility" issue Greg has.
 
"Wierd how the plane trip invokes more of a negative image than an above-board $15,000 donation from the same source."

Sounds like class envy to me.
 
October surprise ? an outing ? from the closet ?
 
Well, you've got me stumped. There is no doubt in my mind that I was not the better candidate running for supervisor in 1986. No disagreement there. Bonnie's great, and she deserves re-election. FYI I'm not defending myself anonymously, and this string is becoming too much like a private chat room.

XXXOOO

GC
 
I knew it !
 
Greg said...
I would like to publicly thank Roger Rodoni for bringing "bitch-slap" and "mid-level bureaucratic whore" to the lexicon of local poltics. Hey, I used the word "lexicon".

I, anonymous thought I may be, am asking my fellow Humboldters to avoid using those degrading terms. Let's not allow ourselves to sink to the level of the pimps and wife-beaters who originated such terms. Let's leave a legacy of clean and respectful language to those who come after us.
 
Greg: Seems that you approve of using the term bitch slap to put a woman in her place. Do you bitch slap Carol Ann?

If not, don't try and justify the poster's use of it. It is pathetic.
 
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Anon, it seems that you approve of lying about people when you don't like their politics. How Rovian.

If I have this right, you are saying if I do not approve of using the term "bitch-slap" to put a "woman in her place", then I should not justify (something I was not attempting anyway) someone else's use of the term? Whoa.
 
Whoa what? Either you approve or not.
 
I think this bears repeating. Here it is again.

I, anonymous though I may be, am asking my fellow Humboldters to avoid using those degrading terms. Let's not allow ourselves to sink to the level of the pimps and wife-beaters who originated such terms. Let's leave a legacy of clean and respectful language to those who come after us. The kids, in other words.
 
Answer the question Greg.
 
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