Bass bellyaches about Bonnie campaign ads
In case you missed the KMUD news Wednesday night, here’s Daniel Mintz’s report on the latest campaign event by Eureka Mayor and Supervisor candidate Virginia Bass.
“While it’s really tempting to throw some mud around…, I choose to take the high road because at the end of the day I live with myself,” Bass said.
To borrow a phrase from Bass, it’s “ironic” to hear the mayor complain about criticisms lobbed by incumbent Supervisor Bonnie Neely after Virginia based her entire primary season campaign throwing baseless mud pies at her opponent.
Many were highlighted here on the Herald. For example, Bass bemoaned Bonnie’s vote to give Supervisors a pay raise, despite the fact Bonnie turned down those raises in the years that followed. And in a powerful show of hypocrisy, Bass proudly proclaimed an endorsement by Supervisor Jill Duffy (then Geist) who voted with Bonnie to raise Supervisor salaries. But unlike Bonnie, Duffy kept the extra cash.
Prior to that, Bass blamed Bonnie for the slow process in updating Humboldt’s General Plan. Shortly thereafter, Bass admitted she “[hadn’t] really thought in detail about” the most controversial — and time-consuming — element of the Plan, which spotlights timber and ag land-use issues. Strangely, the Bass war chest is heavily padded with money from developers.
Despite Bass’ stated aversion to criticism, she continues to talk trash without a hint of, well, irony. She says Bonnie is willing to mislead voters when Bass herself is doing that very thing by allowing voters to think Measure N would ban a WalMart on the Balloon Track. It would not. Bass also warns a big box may be built in the Ridgewood Village development despite project proponents firm opposition to such stores.
[Photo credit John C. Osborn.]