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REX BOHN: Not a Democrat

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Rex Bohn’s slate mailer, currently arriving in your mail box, tries to trick you into thinking it’s an official Democratic Party mailing. No, it doesn’t say Democratic Party anywhere on it, so the mailer can stay on ‘the windy side of the law’ as Shakespeare put it. But the slate being endorsed includes the President, Senator Feinstein and other Dem candidates, and the word Democratic is prominently featured and there’s even a quote from Hillary. If it looks like a duck and quacks like one you begin to think that maybe it’s a duck – or a trick in this case.

Speaking of the windy side of the law – or not – Rex paid an outfit called Democratic Voters Choice for this mailer. Who are they? Why they’re the slate mailing arm of political consultants Durkee & Associates. If that name sounds familiar, that’s because it’s the business of Kinde Durkee. If you don’t know her name, you’ve probably heard about what she did:

Kinde Durkee, once a go-to campaign treasurer for Democrats in California, pleaded guilty Friday to five counts of mail fraud after an FBI investigation found she stole more than $7 million in political funds from at least 50 clients, including U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein.

LA Times March 31, 2012

I’m pretty sure giving this woman money wasn’t the best call.

  1. mresquan
    June 3, 2012 at 12:13 am

    I’m sure Rex’s campaign finance controller will just blame some volunteers again. Hi Finance won’t like this one bit.

  2. Anonymous
    June 3, 2012 at 7:29 am

    Do you think no Democrats support Bohn? I’m not in the district, but I know of Bohn via his widespread volunteer efforts. Each year, he raises several thousand dollars more for my school auction than would otherwise happen with any other auctioneer (he seemingly knows everyone in the room already). This year, we missed him only because he was previously scheduled to help Planned Parenthood the same night (at its own auction). Huh, is it Democrats or Republicans who usually support Planned Parenthood? And our school is pretty damn far from the first district. I dare say Bohn could give anyone a good run, except Mark.

    Yes, that flyer puts Bohn alongside well-known Democrats. I don’t put any weight it in though because I throw out all political mailers. There’s very little scientific evidence they sway elections. They get so much of a deeply discounted shipping rate (thanks to Congress), they don’t even help the USPS stay afloat.

    But I’m a Democrat who would vote for Bohn if he were in my district and I don’t need to see a flyer to know it. Ultimately, people want politicians who will make a difference in their lives. Bohn has already done that for my family.

    Did he authorize a deceptive flyer? I don’t know, but that sort of behavior, or character flaw, is consistent with everyone I see on the board now (they all have an unsavory side), and I have no reason to believe any candidate running for local office isn’t as flawed. I wish we could elect super heroes, but Betty Chinn has no desire to run for office. And I’m sure if she did, someone would find something negative to say about her.

  3. Anonymous
    June 3, 2012 at 7:48 am

    Doing auctions that bring in a few thousand dollars for schools is a good thing. But it is very different and not as productive as having the philosophy and doing the lonely hard work it takes to fight for the state and federal funding for the schools, creating a fair tax structure, promote land uses for sustainable and smart business growth (not costly sprawl), supporting teachers and childcare services, protects our rivers and streams and all that. As a Democrat, if you think Rex has those characteristics then you should vote for him. I hope he does not disappoint you.

  4. 1st District Business Owner
    June 3, 2012 at 8:34 am

    The mailer will deceive some people. That’s why it was purchased.
    Bohn has been the community’s charity auctioneer for years, and received a few free meals and hotel rooms in the bargain. It’s been a win-win. But it does not qualify him for county supervisor. His lack of experience and the personal character flaws that are becoming obvious should disqualify him from office.

    But Bohn is not really the issue. The issue is electing someone who will represent the people, including us business owners, rather than brag about putting business interests ahead of everything else (as in Bohn’s own advertising).

    This Tuesday is the primary election. You can fight sleazy lies and slimy tactics two ways: a) vote for Cheryl, and b) call your friends and relatives and get them out to vote for Cheryl, too.

    If you live in Eureka or south to Redcrest on 101 and Petrolia on the Mattole, you can have Rex’s business buddies call all the shots for the next four years, or you can have someone who will include YOU and has the experience to know the difference.

  5. 1st District Business Owner
    June 3, 2012 at 8:44 am

    The State’s Fair Political Practices Commission is already looking at Bohn’s campaign:


    Honest mistake or intentional deception, no matter. Either way it’s the kind of behavior we do not want from our county supervisor,

    Fight Big Money. Vote, and make some phone calls.

  6. WTF?
    June 3, 2012 at 8:54 am

    Wait a minute. I remember this slate mailer.

    In 2010 Bonnie Neely was on the Republican slate mailer.

    I know this because Heraldo blew a gasket and did this rambling hit piece blog post on Neely.

  7. Anonymous
    June 3, 2012 at 9:04 am

    I have received two other slate mailers from Rex Bohn. One mailer has him aligned with Republican congressional candidate Dan Roberts, the other has him aligned with Jared Huffman. These mailers offer different advice on how to vote on props 28 and 29-actually, they both recommend voting no on prop 29-so, the only thing consistent is Rex Bohn’s support of big tobacco. Bohn is an auctioneer who has sold his own integrity for whatever votes he can steal-he continues to intentionally mislead voters, and he will sell Humboldt County to the lowest bidder!

    There is a reason that his campaign has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on this primary-they have bought his vote and that want a return on their investment before more illegal and immoral activity reaches the surface on Bohn-the longer he stays in the race the more unlikely he is to win.

    Humboldt County deserves better

  8. tra
    June 3, 2012 at 9:20 am

    This “slate mailer” scam has been around a long time and has been exploited by many politicians over the years.

    Which is not an excuse. It IS deceptive. The fact that this one was organized by Kinde Durkee’s firm is just the shit icing on a turd cake.

    Shame on you, Rex.

  9. Anonymous
    June 3, 2012 at 9:25 am

    I believe Ken Miller’s letter to the editor in the North Coast Journal said it best about the integrity of Rex Bohn:
    Your bully pulpit should awaken folks to the political Rex Bohn, who will sell his influence to the highest bidder. Rex’s supporters are virulent developers with a vision of Humboldt that relies heavily on corporate shenanigans.

    Control of the political process, from Eureka City Council to the Board of Supervisors is another step in their agenda to shape our economy with sprawl development. Rex’s ongoing campaign donors continue to be a “who’s-who of Humboldt County builders and developers.” (“Bohn Vs. Kerrigan,” Oct, 21, 2004.)

    To understand dangerous Rex and who he represents, look at his record. For many years, Rex ran the operations at Renner Petroleum, which controls access to the county for most of our high-priced gasoline.

    Rex was vice-president, sales manager, and resource manager at Evergreen Pulp Mill, which was closed after incurring an endless string of health and safety violations including the improper handling of cancer-causing chemicals such as acrolein and chromium (remember Erin Brokovich?).

    One long-time employee observed that “Our community was basically environmentally raped by Evergreen pulp,” and “Evergreen Pulp racked up over 200 violations.” (Samoa Softball, Oct, 27, 2010.)

    Rex’s willingness to serve any paying master was never clearer than when he advocated for CalPines’ proposed LNG (Liquified Natural Gas) boondoggle that would have endangered not only Humboldt Bay, but our entire way of life. Rex claims that he only supported a study, but as a CalPine paid spokesperson who appeared on one of their mailers, did he not understand that the study involved an expensive and binding commitment? CalPine went bankrupt soon after being kicked out of the county by thousands of smarter opponents.

    Rex was also a mouthpiece for the lawsuit against the Coastal Commission, litigated by the fanatic Pacific Legal Foundation for the benefit of Arkley’s Marina Center, which was thrown out by every court from Humboldt to the California Supreme Court.
    Rex is now working in the soils industry for Fox Farms, despite opposing medical marijuana dispensaries in Eureka.

  10. tra
    June 3, 2012 at 9:26 am

    I notice that that both the Bohn entry and the Yes on Prop 29 entry have an asterisk next to them. Does it say somewhere else on the mailer what the asterisk means? Since these are the only two entries with text accompanying them, my guess is that these are the only two that actually paid to be included on this slate mailer. Is that right?

  11. Anonymous
    June 3, 2012 at 9:28 am

    It never ceases to amaze me, how low they can go.

  12. Anonymous
    June 3, 2012 at 9:35 am

    the asterisk does mean that these are the folks that have paid to be on the mailer.
    If anyone is at the Democrat event “Chicken by the Sea”-they should ask Bohn endorsers Virginia Bass and Marian Brady how they feel about this deception, and question how this plays into their role of misleading voters in this community-they have all played a part in the polarization of our community because of their lack of transparency.

  13. Anonymous
    June 3, 2012 at 9:41 am

    I wholey second that, 9:35. A major reason I don’t participate in person is because I wouldn’t be able to be polite about it. I thought it was classless, the way candidates like bohn and solomon comandeered the plaza in old town last night during arts alive, and was tempted to stand by rex and refute his bullshit with everybody he engaged. I don’t want to be in any spotlight, I’ll vent on the net.

  14. Not an Expert
    June 3, 2012 at 9:48 am

    anything to get elected!

  15. The Spelling Police
    June 3, 2012 at 9:55 am

    Forget it, Jake: it’s Chinatown.

  16. 06em
    June 3, 2012 at 10:02 am

    … Rex is now working in the soils industry for Fox Farms …

    … For many years, Rex ran the operations at Renner Petroleum …

    Quick, what do Fox Farm and Renner have in common?

    Hint: It involves truck deliveries down funky back roads in rural Humboldt.

    And yes, tra, the Rex * means Rex “paid for and authorized” the mailer, along with a Yes on 29 group.

  17. High Finance
    June 3, 2012 at 10:31 am

    The nasty Heraldo smear machine is desperatly kicking into high gear.

    It won’t work.

    You people criticise Rex because business owners support him ? Uh, most of you who actually work for a living would be out of work if it wasn’t for those very business owners you are also smearing.

  18. 713
    June 3, 2012 at 10:33 am

    Bonnie Neely, Patrick Cleary, Paul Gallegos did the same thing. I think Mike Wilson too. Were you as upset with them?


  19. Anonymous
  20. 713
    June 3, 2012 at 10:36 am

    This is a good sign for Bohn though, based on the HH track record.

  21. Anonymous
    June 3, 2012 at 10:53 am

    Sounds like Rex is getting more desperate by the day-didn’t he walk away with roughly 30% of the vote against Chris Kerrigan?

    Keep up the pathetic attempts to mislead voters-that’s what the Matthew Owen political machine is all about-lies, half-truths, and lies! Humboldt needs to wake up!

  22. Anonymous
    June 3, 2012 at 11:02 am

    Can Rex not win without lying?
    Is the $175,000 that he has spent, not raised, but spent on this primary not enough to defeat the $27,000 that Cheryl Seidner has spent?

  23. Anonymous
    June 3, 2012 at 11:37 am

    Rex’s campaign is not desperate. They just have piles of cash to throw around.

  24. 06em
    June 3, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    You people criticise Rex because business owners support him ?

    Not all business owners, hifi, just the ones who put immediate profit ahead of the future and quality of life. And as for your

    … most of you who actually work for a living would be out of work if it wasn’t for those very business owners …

    in 2006 (the most recent data I could find on a quick search) EDD reported the total Humboldt labor force to be 60,500. The “very business owners” you mention as Rex supporters would be some (but certainly not all) of these:

    Construction — 2,300
    Lumber/wood products — 2,200
    Financial/Insurance/ Real Estate — 1,900
    A total of 6,400 workers

    Let’s be generous and throw in all these folks (although, again, far from every business owner in these sectors is a Rex supporter):

    Retail/Wholesale/ Transportation/ Utilities — 9,800

    That’s a total of 16,200

    That still leaves:

    Government — 14,100
    Educational/ Health Services — 5,700
    Leisure/Hospitality — 5,200
    Farm production — 1,200
    Total of 26,200

    There are another 18,000 or so not assigned to any of these sectors.

    So your claim, hifi, about “most” workers is not even close to the reality. Of course once you and your fellow travelers complete your mission of getting government “down to the size where we can drown it in the bathtub” then the balance will change and pursuit of profit will govern every decision. Then the farmland will be swallowed by tract housing, the coastal lands infested with gated ‘communities’ and the local mountains stripped of trees and covered in lights and trophy homes. Have fun at the Walmart grand opening.

  25. Anonymous
    June 3, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    The real deceit is on the bottom of page 2 of today’s TS “4th District, vote for 4”. Problem is that it costs money to advertise and to put campaign statements in the sample ballot. These guys ponied up and are actually campaigning for Democratic Central Committee Membership…campaigning. The whole point of Democratic Central Committee is to support Democrats and help them get elected. They are supposed to help grow the party. So on Page 2 they campaign for Central Committee and on page 4 they endorse a NPP..(actually Rex changed his party 4 years ago from Republican…isnt that when he decided to run). Anyone who knows Rex knows his politics and he is not ashamed of it. No doubt in the ballot box he isnt marking a bunch of boxes that have a D next to them!

  26. Anonymous
    June 3, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    “anything to get elected!”

    That’s what’s going on in their self righteous heads. Nothing else could be going on in the mind of a sane human, to so obviously misrepresent oneself. Not only that, but they are intentionally misrepresenting themselves to the very people whom they are soliciting their governing trust. Unless they are insane, they have to be fully aware right this very second that they are misrepresenting themselves among the lowest of ways. It is lying. The only way I could think somebody to justify lying to such a magnitude as we’re seeing in our own government, is that they firmly believe in what is an obvious fantasy to the disinterested. They’re real live politicians to us, deciding the quality of our lives. They are their own dreams of popularity and politics…or something. Scum is what they are to me.

    What would YOU do if somebody handed you $50,000 cash money and said “we want you to apply for a job that pays $80,000 per year, we’ll even walk you through it.”

  27. Anonymous
    June 3, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    It struck me as ironic to see George Schmidbauer’s endorsement of Rex Bohn in the T-S today in a full page ad. I overheard a conversation half a lifetime ago where Schmidbauer and an associate bragged to some Asian businessmen that they “owned” Eureka. I guess Rex is going to help those good old boys keep the title to “their” property.

  28. Anonymous
    June 3, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    Rex has been using the tag line of Union busting-up for recall election-republican governor of Wisconsin-Scott Walker. He says that he’s gonna put up a billboard from Mendocino into Humboldt that says “Humboldt County is open for business.” Exactly what Scott Walker promised to do from Canada into Wisconsin. The unions of this community can expect the same results for their futures as those in Wisconsin if Bohn succeeds.

    Rex’s Humboldt County-For Sale to the Lowest Bidder!

  29. 06em
    June 3, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    Actually, those open for business signs in Wisconsin were meant for people from Illinois mostly.

  30. Anonymous
    June 3, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    We need to elect someone who will say nice things and make us feel good about our choices however bad they may be.

  31. 713
    June 3, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    No answer 06em? Neely, Cleary, Gallegos sent a similar mailer, didn’t they?

  32. just middle class
    June 3, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    The election may be over on Tuesday and you can go back to Arkley and Walmart bashing. I find it odd that if Rex did something that Cleary and Neely did it is a sin but not for Cleary and Neely.

  33. 06em
    June 3, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    Did they? I guess we’ll have to take your word for it. But what does that have to do with this Rex mailer? Explain how it changes the fact that Rex is trying to trick low information voters into believing he’s really a Democrat and shares their values – or are you simply trying to muddy the water?

    “But Ma, Tommy’s ma said he could do it!”

  34. Anonymous
    June 3, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    “No answer 06em? Neely, Cleary, Gallegos sent a similar mailer, didn’t they?”

    Yes, screw neely, cleary and the rest who are pulling the same thing, and screw you too. You prove a very real side of “your team’s” bullshit…”they do it to!”. It is even more screwed up of them to do it with spite.

  35. QueenOfAusterity
    June 3, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    I will punish those who speak negatively about my dear Rex.


  36. just middle class
    June 3, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    My comment is that the outrage? over Rex and when a Heraldidolite does it, that is fine, but this blog has no real affect on the election because everyone who reads it already has thier mind made up or is working for one of the campaigns, but while you are talking about above board why is the Sneidner link here on the blog OK without any reporting by Sneidner, clearly outside the law. So let us talk about that shall we?

  37. Anonymous
    June 3, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    “that sort of behavior, or character flaw, is consistent with everyone I see on the board now (they all have an unsavory side), and I have no reason to believe any candidate running for local office isn’t as flawed.”

    Even more of the “but they’re doing it too” mentality. “But EVERYBODY’S doing it!”…isn’t true. What there really is no reason to believe, is that people on this particular blog are as partisan to the scene as you, or as you believe all of us to be. You don’t speak for me, in what you argue. Going with the flow…of bullshit…is still bullshit. No more of that in Humboldt, please.

  38. Giggles
    June 3, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    In person, I heard Rex say he is very involved in youth sports, especially baseball. And I heard him say he “built a ball field” for the kids.

    After seeing all three mailers I have to point out that one includes a TARGET image over the Congress dome, two are against Prop. 29, one is *for* prop 29. After playing “compare and contrast” on what Rex’s campaign paid to mail out, I just had to shake my head and wonder what kind of “fair play” is being taught on that ball field in Cutten.

  39. Anonymous
    June 3, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    It has come to be that even lefties who claim to despise money in politics will consider the lack of money pouring into a campaign as a reason in and of itself to not support the candidate.

    In other words, they play the very game they abhor. Nothing will change unless people stop playing the game by the big-money-rules rulebook and support candidates who actually walk the walk.

  40. 713
    June 3, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    06 – my question was “were you as upset with them?”

    Seems to me you are just upset that somebody has taken a play from the progressive playbook.

  41. Anonymous
    June 3, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    “It has come to be that even lefties who claim to despise money in politics will consider the lack of money pouring into a campaign as a reason in and of itself to not support the candidate.”

    That completely ignores who the money’s coming from, where it’s going and why. And the fact of how much money is something to consider, absolutely.

    But I agree with your second paragraph. Break one basic rule of conduct, you’re out IMO. I’ve paid attention to too many elections and the patterns continue to repeat. Money, where it comes from, how, why etc. is a very legitimate concern.

  42. 06em
    June 3, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    I honestly don’t remember 713. If they were comparable (pretending to be something they’re not) I probably didn’t like it. If the mailer simply promoted one of the candidates you mentioned along with other candidates/issues with similar values I probably didn’t raise an eyebrow.

    But again: what does my reaction to something that may or may not have happened have to do with Rex Bohn pretending to be a Democrat to trick people into voting for him?

    Are you saying he gets a pass because somebody else did something kinda similar this one time? That seems a lot like:

    “But Ma, Tommy’s ma said he could do it!”

  43. Anonymous
    June 3, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    Repubs got a full color glossy postcard from Rex with a red, white and blue gop elephant and smiling committee chairs and of course their boy in all his smiling glory. All I got was JFK and rfk and mlk & of course…Rex. No color photos, just Rex, surrounded by Democratic icons.

    What a guy. Yech.

  44. 713
    June 3, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    06em – It happened. They were on a “Republican’s Support…” flyer. It is no different than all the political crap that goes on. They all embellish. Did Cleary bring telemedicine to humboldt? that’s what his flyer said. They all do it, but you want to hold somebody to a higher standard because you disagree. certainly now you can say you wouldn’t approve, since that election is history. I don’t recall a Herald story on Gallegos, Cleary, and Neely when they did the same thing.

    hence the term hypocrite.

  45. Anonymous
    June 3, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    further, 2:46, I am no “leftie”. You and I should not be made to pay this guy, rex bohn, over $80,000 per year to be the exact same patsy he’s so proud of being. I have never met the guy, I see how he and the people he associates with proudly interact “in and with the media”, as well as business and politics. That has nothing to do with any other candidate. The specific complaints are about a specific guy, not some idealogical mob. Rex doesn’t give a shit what you or I say to the point that he doesn’t give a shit what he says to any of us…he’s another one of ‘those guys’ who will say whatever he’s gotta say to get his foot in the door. It shows in his bullshit advertising. It’s 100% bullshit, everybody know it. If he were advertising who pays for his advertising, he wouldn’t get 1/10th of the vote he’s no doubt managed to bullshit so far.

    I’m not telling anybody who to vote for, just please dont’ vote that mouthpiece into a job. We would literally would have to pay him over $80,000 every year to sling strip malls or whatever’s next on the money’s agenda. “Marina Center”…call it what it is: big box on the bay. He’d be a two bit salesman with a ton of cash to blow on drilling his name into as many heads as he can. Fuck him and everybody like him.

  46. Anonymous
    June 3, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    my 3:01 is @ 2:12 not 2:46, which I wrote…blogspeak for “doh!”

  47. June 3, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    2:12 wrote, “Nothing will change unless people stop playing the game by the big-money-rules rulebook and support candidates who actually walk the walk.”.

    I challenge all of those that want to take the money out of politics to actually walk the walk and support a candidate with the least money.

    Firenza Pini is a Democratic candidate for 2nd district, state assembly who has run her campaign without any contributions. Vote for her on June 5 if you’re serious about campaign finance reform:

  48. Anonymous
    June 3, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    The progressives are mad they didn’t do it first.

  49. tra
    June 3, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    713 said: “They all do it.”

    Are either of Rex’s opponents — Annetter DeModena and Cheryl Seidner — paying to put their names on misleading “slate mailers?”

    The reason I ask is because the fact of the matter is, Rex isn’t running against Gallegos, Neeley, or Cleary. He’s running against Annette DeModena and Cheryl Seidner.

  50. Anonymous
    June 3, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    “they” have all been doing “it” for a very long time and unless you’ve been living under a rock you know it, 3:05. It’s a statement about the individual as much as their sponsering representation.

  51. Giggles
    June 3, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    And because some “they” allegedly did “same” thing in the past, that makes it AOK for it to happen again.

    The arguments are getting childish… the point is as Tra says.. King Flip-Flop is running against Annette and Cheryl… not any hypothetical historical candidates who may or may not have done something similar.

  52. anonymous
    June 3, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    Sure looks like they are trying to deceive. Right in the middle of the card. With the heading Democratic Party vote.

  53. Who done it
    June 3, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    Nealy did it. Gallegos did it. Cleary did it. I don’t think Wilson did it.

    It takes big bucks to get on those slate mailers. Big bucks and usually some slick out of town or come here lately political consultant telling candidates they have to do it to win.

    I’d like to see a study on how effective the sleazy, dishonest slate mailers actually are at winning over undecided voters. Do they really work in the candidate’s favor? Or do they get ignored in the pile of political junk that ends up in mailboxes?

  54. skippy
    June 3, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    Nice catch, 06em.

  55. 06em
    June 3, 2012 at 5:24 pm


    06em – It happened. They were on a “Republican’s Support…” flyer.

    I guess we’ll have to take your word for that.

    So I’ve answered your question, why not answer one of mine? What does this have to do with Rex Bohn pretending to be a Democrat to trick people into voting for him? This is a post about Rex Bohn and how he’s conducting his campaign, not about past candidates or whose supporters did what at which time.

    “But Ma, Tommy’s ma said he could do it!”

  56. tra
    June 3, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    Well I was curious how much dough Rex had to cough up to get listed on this slate mailer, so I tried to look it up online. But the Secretary of State’s site keeps giving me an error message. I can only get as far as the page for slate mailers:


    “Democratic Voter’s Choice” is listed on that page, but when I try clicking on it I just get an error message. Maybe someone else will have better luck.

    If you do, and are able to see how much money Bohn paid to “Democratic Voter’s Choice,” please post the info here. I’d also be interested in whether this outfit did slate mailers in any other districts, or whether this was basically a slate mailer outfit created just to benefit Bohn’s campaign.

  57. Anonymous
    June 3, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    As a life long democrat I’m voting for Rex.

  58. Anonymous
    June 3, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    As a life long chicken I’m voting for Colonel Sanders.

  59. Anonymous
    June 3, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    I support honesty and integrity-neither of these values does Rex have

  60. 1st District Business Owner
    June 3, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    Yes, 5:42 we understand some people have uh…”business” interests that transcend any sort of political philosphy. Ya gotta make a living, dont’cha?! Lucky there are some Republicans who know Rex and intend to vote for Cheryl or Annette. They’ll tell you that — good deeds or not, Rex Bohn is not county supervisor material. Pretend for profit if you must, but let’s hope people will think enough of themselves and their community to vote otherwise.

  61. 1st District Business Owner
    June 3, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    You say these others used the same tactic, but Rex’s combination of a paid lying mailer to Democrats with his paid smiling GOP chairpeopl mailer to Republicans is uniquely crooked. He event put out a piece trying to make it look like he has support from Eureka City Schools.

    Rex is responsible and does not deserve your vote.

  62. 713
    June 3, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    well, i would say it has to do with the bohn campaign because all of the politicians are doing it. you only single out the bohn campaign because you don’t like him. if it was seidner, would it be an issue on the herald?

  63. Anonymous
    June 3, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    This isn’t the only issue with Rex’s misleading the voters of the first district-what about the phone polling that was benefiting the Bohn campaign while telling Seidner supporters that they would be receiving lawn signs and their names would be used as endorsers? This happened for weeks on end and the North Coast Journal covered it multiple times-

    I am concerned, however. As reported in our Journal blog and in the newspaper, there have already been campaign shenanigans — phony telephone polls that would so obviously benefit Bohn. Who’s running them and why? If I were a candidate, I’d want to know and perhaps put a stop to it. It’s not enough to shrug your shoulders and say, “It’s not me.” Voters want to know where this phantom support is coming from and why. Voters want to know if he will be beholden to people other than those listed on his campaign contribution reports.-Judy Hodgson, North Coast Journal-May 17th 2012

    Here’s the full article referenced by Hodgson-http://www.northcoastjournal.com/blogthing/page/9/

    There’s also the article about Bohn’s financial reporting and the lack of occupations listed for over 60 donors-

    There is a pattern to the Bohn campaign, and it doesn’t involve transparency or ethics. I don’t think that Bohn is the best call for county leadership or any style of leadership that involves honesty.

  64. Anonymous
    June 3, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    The difference is that Seidner has not done this. Rex has done this. Provide any proof to the contrary.

  65. A B R
    June 3, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    “All” of the politicians are NOT doing it. Only one candidate for the 1st District seems be ready with this kind of lying. Annette is a proud Republican. Cheryl is a proud Democrat. Rex is a life-long redneck who ran away from his former Republican registration and moved across town to run for office.

  66. mresquan
    June 3, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    Remember that it was also Rex who tried to convince the public that Betty Chinn had endorsed Alison Jackson for D.A.This mailer isn’t at all surprising.

  67. Anonymous
    June 3, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    No one can stand up for this, right? How can anyone, no matter who you support, feel that this style of politics is ok?

  68. 713
    June 3, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    are you saying bohn doesn’t have democratic supporters?

  69. Anonymous
    June 3, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    713, you either miss the point or I don’t know what. They’re bludgeoning us with “endorsements”. As many as they can figment. Even if the amount of money isn’t an issue with you, the fact that they aren’t spending it to inform the public of any of their real and immediate plans for “our community” should be enough to disgust you. Instead they’re spending it on vague interviews and bullshit advertising. That behavior is opposite the character of anybody deserving to govern “our community”. There are enough qualified straight shooters who don’t have fifty thousand dollars to blow on junkmail and “media presence”, than to even consider these two bit mouthpieces…whether or not they’re one of the only names anybody recognizes on the ballot.

  70. Anonymous
    June 3, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    O.K. I tried the Secretary of State’s website again, and this time it worked. So, for anyone who is interested, you can check out the disclosure forms for “Democratic Voters Choice” slate mailer organization on this page:


    Lots of candidates paying big bucks to be on DVC slate mailers, but as far as I could find, Rex is the only one here in Humboldt, and he didn’t have to pay much at all, probably because of the relatively small number of households the mailer featuring Rex was mailed to (compared to the large number of households they must mail to in areas of greater population — for instance, candidates in LA County, of which there were quite a few).

    It looks like Rex’s campaign only had to pay about $319.44 to be included on this slate mailer. I found that information on this page:


    I don’t have the time to do the research, but if someone else does, it would be interesting to find out just how many of the candidates who bought their way onto one of these “Democratic Voters Choice” slate mailers are actually registered Republicans (or recently were).

  71. tra
    June 3, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    That was me at 7:58.

  72. Anonymous
    June 3, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    Anonymous at 9:25: I have two problems with your comments. First, Ken Miller does not have my respect. He writes medical marijuana scrips for anyone with a toothache or hangnail, and of course for those who need it for legitimate medical reasons. That is my opinion.
    Second, Renner Petroleum has the best prices for gas around here, close to Costco. Check it out.

  73. Anonymous
    June 3, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    “Ken Miller does not have my respect. He writes medical marijuana scrips for anyone with a toothache or hangnail”

    Well more power to him for that, if anything. People want marijuana reform, and if not they should be able to get around the system the same way the system gets in front of them. One would think someone like you’d be happy potheads are registering themselves with the government, I think it’s nonsense.

  74. Anonymous
    June 3, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    Have any opinion that you care to about Ken Miller, but the fact of the matter is, everything he is said is true and factual-documentation can be provided for every claim that he makes-prove otherwise.

  75. High Finance
    June 3, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    Democrat mailer, Republican mailer.

    Despite all the hate speech from the lefties here, may I remind you that this is a NON PARTISAN office ?

    And Tra, why are you continually switching from “Anonymous” and Tra ? Trying to double or triple the appearance of support for your side ?

    Let us call a doctor who writes pot “prescriptions” for what he is. A money grubbing charlatan and a quack who should be stripped of his medical license.

  76. tra
    June 3, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    They’re just trying to change the subject in an attempt to divert attention away from Rex’s participation in this slate-mailer business.

  77. Anonymous
    June 3, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    Agreed. The truth hurts, and they can’t bury or cover up the truth about Rex-he’s an opportunist, unethical and doesn’t deserve to be supervisor.

  78. mresquan
    June 3, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    “Despite all the hate speech from the lefties here, may I remind you that this is a NON PARTISAN office ?”

    Then why did he go out of his way to be put on a mailer solely intended for Democrat voters with the intention of spreading a message that democrats support him?

  79. tra
    June 3, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    Getting a bit paranoid, Hifi? I didn’t “switch” from tra to Anonymous, I just failed to make sure that my pseudonym was in the little dialog box. When I noticed that my first 7:58 post appeared as “Anonymous” I immediately posted another comment less than a minute later, to take credit for the first post. If the object was to fool people, I wouldn’t have done that, now would I? Use your head, for Pete’s sake.

  80. Anonymous
    June 3, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    The real reason Bohn is being attacked is because he is not green enough. Not because he is not holding to core Democratic values. He is not one of the imports from the Green party.

    When the Green party realized they will never make mainstream, they had their candidates register as Democrats as a end run.

  81. Anonymous
    June 3, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    Funny how Republicans in Humboldt County are as fringe as the Greens in terms of electability.

  82. Jack Sherman
    June 3, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    Bohn’s return to politics brings with it the same kind of corruption he enjoyed in 2004 against Kerrigan.

    This time, it’s 3 phony front groups…and counting…

    Despite his troubled political history and the notoriety of being the only candidate, once again, needing to be pumped-up by phony front groups, it looks like local media will give Bohn a break with zero investigations.

    No investigation, no coverage, no reporting = no public outrage and another development community political bone shoved down our throats.

  83. Anonymous
    June 3, 2012 at 11:25 pm

    Which phony front groups?

  84. Jack Sherman
    June 4, 2012 at 12:54 am

    Eureka Coalition For Jobs and Democratic Voters Choice aren’t enough?

    Stay tuned….it’s Bohn’s* name that needs an asterisk on his campaign signs, not just his phony fliers!

    *Good Ol’ Boy corruption you can count on.

  85. The Spelling Police
    June 4, 2012 at 5:58 am

    Ya gotta hand it to the Arkloids: first they take over the media, then election process, then the elected officials, now they’re taking the fight to the home turf of the opposition. This is how the left is being systematically disenfranchised.

  86. 713
    June 4, 2012 at 6:46 am

    Anon @ 756 –
    I don’t care how much money he spends or how he spends it. I am not even in that district. I just think you are a hypocrite. When Gallegos, Neely, and cleary did it, not a peep. But now, Bohn is unfit for service? Gallegos too then?

  87. unanonymous
    June 4, 2012 at 6:54 am

    i smell fear.

  88. onandonanonymous
    June 4, 2012 at 8:10 am

    This just in: Robin Arkley ranks #27 on the list of California’s political influence purchasers, with over $2,000,000 invested…er, given…to political causes in the last decade.

    More than enough to buy Bohn, and Brady, and Jager etc…


  89. onandonanonymous
    June 4, 2012 at 8:15 am

    …of course, this only counts direct contributions, not “in kind” donations or cash from executive assistants or family members, et al. And it doesn’t count whatever his wife and kids “invested”.

    No wonder people like Bohn are so well-loved. He’s a bargain…

  90. goatboy
    June 4, 2012 at 9:58 am

    Richard Salzman is at least half of the anon’s on here. Also Jack S., and several others. Same stupid garbage. 713 is right, and all those folks where working with Richard Salzman. Ken Miller is a cancer just like Salzman. The pot gig is nothing compared to all the other stuff he has done to manipulate the people of Humboldt.

  91. Smiley
    June 4, 2012 at 10:03 am

    fear from goatboy. go team!

  92. Anonymous
    June 4, 2012 at 10:19 am

    Seems Lee Ulansey has taken the helm from Ken and Richard in this round.

  93. Anonymous
    June 4, 2012 at 10:24 am

    goatboy, just middle class, 713, and the pro-Bohner anons are Arkley (or his minion Gans).
    Same stupid garbage – elect an under-qualified good ol’ boy to the highest local elected office because he’ll go along with whatever lame ass developer proposal that comes down the pike. Love what you’ve done with the Balloon Track Randy!
    Meanwhile Arcata continues to thrive and even has manufacturing jobs – how do the hippies do that?
    …and I’m not Salzman.

  94. Jack Sherman
    June 4, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    “I just think you are a hypocrite. When Gallegos, Neely, and cleary did it, not a peep. But now, Bohn is unfit for service? Gallegos too then?”

    Please cite the phony front group utilized by any other candidate in Humboldt Co. election history.

    Maybe if you repeat it 713 times you’ll be believed.

  95. Not A Native
    June 4, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    Anyone who thinks a High School education and experience in manual labor and surpervison is adequate preparation to independently make wise decisions for Humboldt county is simply ignorant. Now, being ignorant isn’t a disqualifier for casting a vote, and that’s as it should be.

    But a sad legacy of generally low educational ambition and attainment in HumCo (and elsewhere) is public offficials who believe that wealthy people should generally be deferred to, whenever they express an opinion. And in HumCo particularly, wealthy people expect their opinions to be unquestioningly obeyed. That’s the local definition of a “hard worker”.

  96. Anonymous
    June 4, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    Are you saying that Rex only has a high school education? Seriously?

  97. just middle class
    June 4, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    Oh, God, the snooty are active today, shall we only have those with honorary PHD’s?

  98. Anonymous
    June 4, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    The best candidate for people with high school educations and no college is Cheryl Seidner. No other candidate has expressed so clearly the need to provide training and entry-level jobs for local people.

  99. just middle class
    June 4, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    Unfortunately if that is the case she should run for the CR board since the Sups have little or nothing to do with that. This comment shows her lack of background because just two weeks before she ran she did not know who was rinning! Oh, well, tomorrow, tomorrow creeps at its petty pace…….

  100. Anonymous
    June 4, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    So its snooty to expect the boss of a large staff of educated professionals have something more than a high school education?

  101. just middle class
    June 4, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    And who may that be? Cheryl’s degree is honorary. Do you know what Rex’s education is or are you just believing what some anonomymous blogger says?

  102. Anonymous
    June 4, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    If you like political deception, vote for Rex.
    If you like hypocrisy, vote for Rex.
    If you like the political divide in Humboldt, vote for Rex.
    If you like a candidate that refuses to take responsibility for his actions, vote for Rex.
    If you want a candidate that has desperately outspent his opponents 8 to 1, vote for Rex.
    If you want a candidate that has been a part of environmental crimes, price fixing gas rates and wants to bring a liquified natural gas plant to Humboldt Bay, vote for Rex.

  103. First District Business Owner
    June 4, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    Cheryl’s doctorate is indeed honorary, JMC. She has also been honored as California Woman of the Year (2003) and Daughters of the Revolution Woman of the Year (2005. After 28 years employed by Humboldt State, she has been a guest Lecturer at CR, Shasta College, HSU, UC Davis, UC Berkeley, and Mankato State University.

    But I doubt the topic of this post is really about educational qualifications. Seems more like it’s about honesty and integrity, and who has it and who does not.

  104. Not A Native
    June 4, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    My source is a long ago posting by Hi Fi. Rex’s terminal academic certificate is a High School diploma. I think it was from St. Bernard’s.

  105. just middle class
    June 4, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    4:34 you list is certainly you own position, not shared by me and others, and since I have a degree and post graduate work, I guess I should, using your criteria, know best!

  106. June 4, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    wow jmc. dazzling.

  107. just middle class
    June 4, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    Despirately outspent? His tremendous support has provide him with the funds necessary to campaign, money flows to those who are seen as winners. By the way, where were you when Bonnie spent like a drunken sailor?

  108. June 4, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    uh, speaking of drunken sailors…

  109. goatboy
    June 4, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    1st D buttowner. Lecturing on what. Econ, Math, Chemistry, Biology,
    I think not. NAN of course is Miller. Oh and the only thing I fear is the gross stupidity of most of the folks pushing for the progressive bullshit.
    I have no trouble with the candidate as a person. Just all the scum that is salzman, MR, and the rest.

  110. June 4, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    goatboy, goatboy don’t be afraid. Cheryl is nicer than you can understand and will treat the likes of you with an open mind.

  111. 713
    June 4, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    sorry, not a minion.

    this is my favorite:

    “Anyone who thinks a High School education and experience in manual labor and surpervison is adequate preparation to independently make wise decisions for Humboldt county is simply ignorant”

    epitome of a progressive.

    “if you disagree with me you are stupid”

    I know of a number of people with a high school education who run large organizations. they have lots of people with degrees working for them.

  112. Anonymous
    June 4, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    Ah, the liberal intellecual snob rap. Personally, I have known some fine politicians with little formal education but formidable personal experience, native intelligence and a commitment to serve.

    Rex was not one of them.

  113. Anonymous
    June 4, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    Keep defending this fool, even though the evidence is stacking up against him!

  114. Anonymous
    June 4, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    Why is it so hard to admit that Rex Bohn has been unethical in his political campaign? Is this really worth defending? Facts are facts, and the fact of the matter is, that Rex Bohn likes to evade the truth and take no responsibility for his actions.

  115. June 4, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    My personal favorite, sort of the mate to the one in this post;

    Hey! Is that Bobby Kennedy?

  116. Anonymous
    June 4, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    Annette has at least one degree.

  117. Independent
    June 4, 2012 at 11:24 pm

    “So its snooty to expect the boss of a large staff of educated professionals have something more than a high school education?”

    It helps, but high IQs and education do not guarantee success. There are many intelligent, yet collossial political and financial failures our there. Sometimes you just need an effective manager to “keep the trains on time”.

  118. Independent
    June 4, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    “Annette has at least one degree.”

    But not much tact. She was out at the Portugese celebration in Ferndale doing a stump spot with anybody within hearing distance during the dinner. She’s not even Portugese and no one could figure out just why the hell she was there other than just to hand out campaign cards. That irritated a few people.

  119. Anonymous
    June 4, 2012 at 11:53 pm

    “Sometimes you just need an effective manager to “keep the trains on time”.”

    We are at a place and time where the documents and decisions before supervisors are very technical and complex in nature. Just being able to “keep trains on time” won’t be enough for effective decision making. Ignorance will be exploited. Or maybe that’s the point.

  120. June 5, 2012 at 8:11 am

    “That irritated a few people.” Don’t you mean it irritated “One” person?

    And another thing….Doesn’t Cheryl Seidner have a master’s degree (non-honorary)?

    Not that I care, I don’t get to vote in Humboldt, but I don’t see anything wrong with a person who has a high school education, supervising college educated people. It really is about leadership. And what is wrong with someone depending on trained professionals to help sort out the technical stuff? I couldn’t be more politically opposite of Mr. Bohn, But there is more to life’s education than an imprimatur from a scholastic institution. And I say this as a 54yr old college student.

    You know the so-called “Conservatives” (Orwellian ‘New-Speak’ if ever there was such a thing.) Should be embarrassed of the constant use of “talking-points” on the local blogs, same ol’ tired insults, “Only conservatives work…” Yeah right, they work for the “Great Men” who are undermining our country as we speak. The powerful all work together, Democrat or Republican is just smoke an mirrors. Look at how much money Romney has made from screwing the American worker and investing in China; and yet it is “Off the table” as an issue. There is only one real political difference among Americans, and that is class difference. There are the rich, in charge; and there are the poor, being charged. Uneducated (high school or otherwise) idiots supporting the rich are disenfranchising the American worker.
    Romney wraps himself in the flag while Blain Capital makes him money by sending tens of thousands of real jobs to China. No difference between local and national politics when it comes to screwing your neighbors and family to make some short-term profits.
    When are Americans going to wake up and see US-style-capitalism for what it is…greed. How many manufacturing jobs have to be lost before the filthy-rich have enough money?

  121. somewhat anonymous
    June 5, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    Obviously Anonymous you are not in a position of leadership. Just a lot of ranting and raving in your posts.

  122. Independant
    June 5, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    ““That irritated a few people.” Don’t you mean it irritated “One” person?”

    Moviedad, no it was more than a few. I was at the dinner. She introduced herself, alone, to people seated that had no idea who she was. That didn’t sit well with the old ladies. They found it intrusive and rude.

  123. June 9, 2012 at 10:30 am

    tra deleted, oh opps, sorry i mean, Jack no it’s, anonymous….
    deleted me again . I guess Heraldo doesn’t like anyone finding out the truth . Oh i forgot, tra didn’t know he could delete posts, L.O.L.

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