Do you all remember the phrase "lipstick on a pig"? I think Obama used it too insult Sarah Palin back in the Presidential race of 2008 and it worked its way into the common vernacular. I have read today's Union column by council wannabee Jim Firth and the phrase seems to fit really well for him.
HERE is the column in today's Union.
I think anyone who wants to run for any elective office has every right to do so in our great country. So as far a Firth's attempt I have no problem if he tries. But I and anyone else who disagrees with him has every right to try and defeat him if we believe he is unqualified. I believe he is unqualified. He is in my view a partisan hack. He represents the local democrat party in their leadership and is apparently a retired union organizer/leader/activist. Reading his writings I conclude he is a ultra liberal, perhaps even with "socialist" beliefs. He represents political philosophies I have opposed all my life. I am a free market capitalist conservative who likes smaller government and less regulation and taxes. Firth is 180 degrees off of my beliefs it appears.
Somehow he is trying to convince himself he is a "regular" citizen and that his trait of "regularity" is lacking on the present City Council. He is delusional. He is no more a "regular" citizen than I am. I have an agenda and would suggest if he he says he doesn't he is a bald faced fibber. Being a partisan hack, Firth will expose himself to the slings and arrows of us who know what a "activist" is all about (did he support Occupy Wall Street?). I have taken my share from the left over the years and have placed my opinions and views out into the world for all to see. I would expect the liberals to come after me if I ran for office again. Well, Firth has told us all a about himself and in my view he is not a good fit for the city council.
Firth says this in his column today
"Regular Grass Valley citizens need a voice on the city council."
It is my opinion he is not a "regular" citizen but a political activist from the left and anything but a regular citizen He even claims to have been a Legislative Assistant to Leland Yee, the infamous alleged gun running State Senator from San Francisco (who claimed he was anti-firearms). What Yee and Firth have in common is "big city and big government" views of running things. Our little town doesn't need a "big government", "big city" philosophy in charge of anything.
HERE is a column Firth wrote back in 2013 on YubaNet. If anyone thinks I am being too harsh about his activism for the ultra left read it closely. We don't need a "partisan hack" running Grass Valley. We need people that actually know something about the place.
HERE is a really good critique by local attorney Barry Pruett on his blog. He says it better than I do about Firth.
Grass Valley is still a small town and I have been a Grass Valley guy all my life. The citizens have always been very careful about electing good people with good small town values to the council. You voters will soundly reject this fellow Firth when you read all about him and mostly from his own writings.