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More Reasons to vote for Susan Adams

[Guest Post from Richard Salzman]

In the race for the 2nd Congressional District we have a unique situation with several interesting candidates and all four of the front runners in agreement on their key policy positions.

Voters should keep in mind that, for the first time, we have an open primary.  This means two Democrats in this very “blue” district may well go to the run-off in November.

Polls show Jared Huffman will get close to half the total vote and the eleven remaining candidates will split the rest.  In other words, Jared will definitely be on the November ballot — he does not need your vote.  Voting for him will have no affect on the outcome of the June 5th primary.  So if you want your vote to make a difference, use it to choose who should get the second slot on the November ballot.

I believe the best use of your vote would be support Susan Adams.

Here’s why: she’s the candidate who would present the biggest challenge to Jared in a run off and you’ll have from June to November to further vet both candidates and decide the best choice in November.

Among the three contenders for that second slot you have Stacy Lawson, a successful business woman, but as Norm Solomon as made clear in his mailers, she is a flawed candidate.  Whether you agree with Norman’s arguments or not, the issues he raises would be used by Jared to destroy Stacy in a run off.  She can not win in November.

Norman is unelectable for all the same reasons us liberals love him.  His activism and fiery rhetoric make him unappealing to moderate and independent voters that one would need to win over in order to win a general election run off.

While Susan Adams shares most all of Norm’s liberal positions, she appeals to moderate and independent voters in spite of, not because of her liberal positions.  In part, that’s due to the difference in their styles.  While Norm delivers his ideals with conviction, it can come off as lecturing to those not in agreement. Susan listens and involves all viewpoints in the conversation as she works to build consensus.

While Susan is a life long Democrat, she would be preferred by many non-Democrats in a November run off with Jared because she is not backed by the Democratic Party Machine as is he.

Susan also has the closest ties to the entire North Coast, with family still living on their ancestral Mendocino Ranch as well a  brother who lives here in Carlotta, Humboldt County.

Adams also has a compelling life story: working class roots with 33 years as a registered nurse (and CNA member); smarts, with a PhD being a professor of nursing; and now having served three terms as a county supervisor.

  1. June 4, 2012 at 10:03 am

    Susan Adam’s Campaign manager does the work that the media failed to do:


  2. Anonymous
    June 4, 2012 at 10:23 am

    Former manager. As with what Norm has been saying, it’s all factual information.

  3. Anonymous
    June 4, 2012 at 10:25 am

    I don’t know how accurate this polling is, but according to Samoasoftball Adams is looking up in the polls.

  4. Good Heavens
    June 4, 2012 at 10:35 am

    The fact that Susan Adams has Richard Salzman working on her behalf shows a gigantic lapse in judgement. That’s too bad.

  5. June 4, 2012 at 10:36 am

    The only problem I have with Susan Adams is that she is a self admitted compromiser, she gloats that she has brought together Republicans and Democrats to get things done. “If” elected would she compromise on Democratic values/issues that should never be compromised (i.e. Social Security, Medicare, War and Peace….etc)?

    Norman Solomon will not compromise…..No War on the Elderly, No War on Women, No War on the Poor or Disabled, and No more Wars in the Middle East and around the World.

  6. Eric Kirk
    June 4, 2012 at 10:44 am

    Norman Solomon would also compromise. Or he would be useless to anyone.

  7. Mitch
    June 4, 2012 at 10:52 am


    To “not compromise,” you must first be elected.

    Getting elected, just like governing, requires listening to and engaging with all sorts of people with all sorts of opinions, even those you don’t agree with. That’s not compromise — it’s political maturity. Susan can do that.

    Susan Adams will be an INCREDIBLE representative for the values of the North Coast, she’ll increase the number of progressives in Congress, she’ll increase the number of women in Congress, and she’ll be popular nationwide.

    Her values and Norman Solomon’s are essentially identical. Their difference is one of style. We don’t need someone to preach to the choir, as gratifying as that can be to members of the choir. We need someone who can form alliances and bring others along, especially if they are not in the choir.

  8. June 4, 2012 at 10:52 am

    Eric, how would he be useless? I forget, actually sticking to your values and not compromising is radical now.

  9. Mitch
    June 4, 2012 at 10:55 am


    You’re asking Eric, but I’ll answer as well, with a question:

    Exactly what difference would it have made to have two votes opposing a war instead of one, out of 435?

    If you could explain the value of that to me, I’d consider voting for someone who would never compromise.

  10. just a thought
    June 4, 2012 at 11:21 am

    I will never vote for Susan Adams specifically based on her judgement. Anyone who is willing to hire Richard Salzman to represent them can not be a person who will make good judgement calls on my behalf –


    Obviously she did it again with this – http://www.bohemian.com/BohoBlog/archives/2012/06/03/revealed-the-man-behind-who-is-stacey-lawson

    People elected to federal office need to place people of good character around themselves. Liars and shadow websites have no place in the election process.

  11. Richard
    June 4, 2012 at 11:28 am

    I don’t question Solomon’s principals for one minute, and I can not say how Susan WOULD have voted ten years ago, but I do know that she is adamantly opposed to the wars now and wants to bring all of our troops home, cut military spending and increase spending for our veterans. She’s seen the cost of war on these brave men and women first hand as she has a brother (not the one in Carlotta, but another brother) whose served seven tours of active duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.
    I’ve not heard her talk about compromise so much as working towards consensus, but I do agree with the earlier comment that if either of them intend to accomplish anything and work to break the gridlock in Washington DC, they will need to compromise on some issues.
    Did any of you see the “negative” ad, that’s running in I think it’s Arizona, by a Tea Party Republican attacking another Republican for being a “MODERATE”!
    No one is going to accuse any of our four front runners as being one of “those”. These folks are all far to the left of the mainstream of the Democratic party and would all likely join the “Progressive Cause” (certainly Norm and Susan both would), vs. Thompson who is a “Blue Dog”.
    I do not think on issue such Healthcare (single payer) or Woman’s rights (pro-choice), you’d see any of these four doing much compromising.
    But again it gets back to being able to count to 50% +1. It’s a matter of math. If you’re looking for an alternative to Jared who is, I think everyone would agree, the most “establishment” of the front runners (in fairness, also the most experienced), then Susan (the second most experienced) is the one contender who could put up real fight in November. I think if comes down to the two of them, there are also a lot of people who like me would feel that all other things being close to equal, we’d rather see more women in Congress (currently 17%), and in the southern part of this new 2nd Congressional district, they’re not replacing Mike Thompson they’re replacing Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey, so that makes one less woman in Congress if you replace her with a man.

  12. Anonymous
    June 4, 2012 at 11:28 am

    For quite some time I was considering flipping a coin to decide who I would vote for: Adams or Solomon. I can see the value in both candidates. I don’t see it as a matter of compromise vs. no compromise. As others have said: it is a matter of communication. In our contemporary world of divisive politics, it seems ever more important to elect a candidate who can stand up for what they believe in while being able to listen to and consider other views. My vote is going to Susan Adams.

  13. Jack Sherman
    June 4, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    After months reading Richard’s regurgitation about Solomon being “unelectable for his radical views”…it would be nice to read what a few of those “poison pills” actually are!?

    What I hear from countless democrats is their severe disappointment with Obama….yet, too many party-leaders keep failing to back the caliber of democrat Obama needs to keep his promises!

    It’s a vicious cycle that sheds increasing numbers of disgusted democrats from the party…as the party seeks to appeal to “moderates” who have become little more than republicans….making it easy for a tiny handful of republicans to waltz into the local HCDCC and call it their own!

    Solomon is the only candidate who leaves little doubt he will effectively represent the values Obama is being forced to compromise from his own party!

    Solomon is the only candidate with 30 years experience in advancing progressive (“radical”?) values that his opponents are aspiring to. Values and issues that Solomon mastered on national TV long ago giving him a superior calm, well-reasoned (dangerous) debate skill that progressives and Obama sorely need in D.C..

    Adams would be a fine representative, but there’s no question Solomon will deliver far more skill, experience, and mastery of the issues to Congress.

  14. Anonymous
    June 4, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    Well, Anonymous 11:28 has certainly persuaded ME, for one, that his or her recommendation should outweigh all other considerations! I, too, will forgo the flipping of the coin and vote for his/her candidate, Susan Adams.

  15. Anonymous
    June 4, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    Wait! Nobody is taking my tongue-in-cheek comment at 12:23 seriously, are they?
    I can’t fathom the value of anyone who would seriously consider basing their vote for a Member of Congress on a coin-toss.
    That is the point I was trying to make.

  16. Richard
    June 4, 2012 at 12:46 pm


    Why distort my comments (in quotes no less) by saying that I called Norm a radical? My actual words are right there just a few scroll up the page:

    “Norman is unelectable for all the same reasons us liberals love him. His activism and fiery rhetoric make him unappealing to moderate and independent voters that one would need to win over in order to win a general election run off. …While Norm delivers his ideals with conviction, it can come off as lecturing to those not in agreement. Susan listens and involves all viewpoints in the conversation as she works to build consensus.”

    I’ve worked on a lot of elections since my dad first took me precinct walking for Tom Bradley in 1969 (he lost that first bid for Mayor of L.A., winning the seat four years later) and I’ve knocked on the doors of a lot of DTS (independent) and Republican voters. So I do have some experience on which I base my opinion.

    I like Norm’s views, but since there is almost no daylight between him and Susan on every key issue that concerns me and I believe she could actually win in November, I chose to work on her behalf.

    And all things being pretty much equal, as they are in this situation, I’d like to see more women in congress not less (we’re losing Woolsy in the southern half of our new district). As both I and Mitch have pointed out, it’s a matter of style not a difference of policy that differentiates these two candidates.

  17. Eric Kirk
    June 4, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    Eric, how would he be useless? I forget, actually sticking to your values and not compromising is radical now.

    Because he would get nothing done. He would be representing a constituency with a vast spectrum of political views, and you’re asking him to narrow his stands to your particular beliefs. Being a political leader, in office, as opposed to an advocate means that you build consensus, which means compromise to accomodate more than just one narrow point of view. If it’s “my way or the highway,” then he’ll just cast his individual votes, but he won’t get 220 of his fellow representatives behind him on anything.

    I’m supporting Solomon by the way, because I know he will compromise to accomplish something, when necessary.

  18. Eric Vinyl
    June 4, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    I don’t think a coin-toss is so bad. I think many of us would be content to see either Solomon or Adams in Congress. It comes down to both who you see as having a better chance of defeating the Democratic front-runner in November and who would be a better fighter for progressive values in Washington. Given that one can only speculate on future events I can respect those who, like myself, are torn, wanting a candidate who’s both a tireless advocate and fearless badass not afraid to voice even unpopular truths when these Republican assholes spout nothing but lies… but also a pragmatist who will do whatever it takes to effect the greatest change, not someone who prefers self-righteousness inflexibility and pomp over political savvy. I cannot fault anybody who decides on either.

  19. June 4, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    I’m not interested in voting for someone who is so rigid in their “principles” that they can’t get anything done. Representative government is always (tea party nutjobs notwithstanding) a process of give and take, consensus and, gasp, sometimes compromise. My vote (absentee) went to Susan Adams a couple of weeks ago.

  20. Anonymous
    June 4, 2012 at 8:09 pm


    Please explain why all of Susan Adams’ colleagues on the Marin County Board of Supervisors are endorsing Jared Huffman. The County Sheriff in Marin is endorsing Jared Huffman too. Why? Why can’t she get any support in her home county, where she is best known.

    Eric Kirk, you are right on. Rigid ideologues in Congress mean gridlock. We’ve had enough of that. We need members of Congress and the state Legislature who can work with the other party to move this nation and state forward. That is what mainstream voters – the voters who actually decide elections – will be looking for in this election. Most voters are fed up with extreme partisanship. They want bipartisan cooperation. That includes most Democrats.

    Veterans for Peace … I understand why Solomon appeals to you. But please learn how government actually works. If both parties elect ideologues who refuse to compromise, who think bipartisanship is akin to selling out, how can you expect Congress to do anything positive for the nation?

  21. Mother of democracy
    June 4, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    Shane told me Norman Soloman is the best candidate. So I’m voting for Norman tomorrow. My wife already did so by absentee. Susan Adams would be my #2 choice. Then maybe the pot guy from Garberville. Huffman is probly next.

    Tough when we got no bogeyman in the race.

  22. firesidechet
    June 4, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    Any Democrat unlucky enough to get elected to Congress will end up suffering from severe isolation, depression, suicidal ideations,paranoia,diffidence,neuralgia etc….. unlike the present day Republicans who can at least see the light at the end of the tunnel. Better off raising pigs.

  23. Richard
    June 4, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    8:09, I don’t know the answer but would assume that as with most of our local Dem politicos, they are making the safest bet and towing the “party line” by backing the front runner.

    I also agree with 8:45 that we’ve lucky to have a bunch of great choices including our own man Andy. I’ve never argued that any of these contenders would be poor choices if elected, I’ve only been arguing the electability and no one is more electable then Huffman. The fact that this “liberal” is the “establishment” candidate in this race speaks to how lucky we are in be part of the new 2nd Congressional District!!

    Some people might remember that a short time ago I was warning against the risk of them drawing the new line East to West, where we would be grouped with Redding instead of Marin for our population center (you need 600,000 citizens to make up a district) in which case we’d talking about which Republican we wanted to help elect.

    There being several good choices is one reason there are still so many undecided voters just 22 hours before the polls close.

  24. goatboy
    June 5, 2012 at 9:05 am

    Guess who is at Central/School, McK town, with a vote Susan Adams sigh. You can smell him all over town.

  25. Eric Vinyl
    June 5, 2012 at 11:43 am

    Anonymous @ 8:09 Monday:
    “Compromise” also doesn’t work if only one side is willing to do it. That’s where we find ourselves now. While it is a necessity, I’m fucking tired of Democrats who roll over to “get something done” without expecting anything in return.

    And, Richard, that actually makes a lot of sense. Knowing a bit about how the Party works, it wouldn’t surprise me one bit that the “sensible” politicians looking to not rock the boat would be hesistant to say the least to support a poorly-funded progressive.

    And are we really “lucky” to have the 2nd District? Or is it just a way of consolidating all those pesky lefties into one ineffectual, solitary representative?

  26. Eric Vinyl
    June 5, 2012 at 11:56 am

    That, in fact, is exactly why we are where we are with our president now. A pro-business moderate, he came in there singing all this shit about Kumbaya and got blindsided. It took him till his reëlection was imperiled to realize that by “bipartisanship,” the other side meant, “You do what we want.”
    This is the big leagues, man, and our candidate needs to go in there not afraid to play hardball.

  27. Jack Sherman
    June 5, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    Richard says:
    June 4, 2012 at 12:46 pm


    Why distort my comments (in quotes no less) by saying that I called Norm a radical? My actual words are right there just a few scroll up the page:

    “Norman is unelectable for all the same reasons us liberals love him. His activism and fiery rhetoric make him unappealing to moderate and independent voters that one would need to win over in order to win a general election run off. …While Norm delivers his ideals with conviction, it can come off as lecturing to those not in agreement. Susan listens and involves all viewpoints in the conversation as she works to build consensus.”


    For God sakes Richard……can you not put one single example to your claim of “fiery rhetoric” (IE, RADICAL), without distorting the intent of my original question @12.21??

    And while you’re at it, why hasn’t Adams received the endorsement of her democratic supervisor colleagues in Marin?

    Being “pragmatic” is a long-term strategical failure that eventually kicks everyone in the ass…hence, the low voter turnout….average eligible voters cannot distinguish the parties anymore.

  28. Richard
    June 5, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    Yes Eric, I think we are lucky. This is the only way to get candidates with enough backbone to stand up to the far right. I believe that Norm, Susan and Jared would all do that. In theory a heavily blue or red district would be tempered by the new open primary system, which was sold to the voters as favoring moderates winning in November. But we only had two options to choose from, one would have made us a very red district way out voted not just by “politically conservative” interests, but maybe more significantly by interest at odds with us when it comes to water rights. The Central Valley and SoCal want to continue to drain our Northcoast rivers to irrigate their farms and front lawns. While this may be significantly a state issue, the Bureau of Reclamation is a federal agency and we want our Rep. to the Feds to be looking out for our water interest. I see no up side to being grouped with and then heavily out voted by Central Valley voters. If we’re going to be out voted, I rather it by by Marin and Sonoma (I do realize that the Eel River is offered no protection with this arrangement, but the person who’d vote to take more water from the Trinity and Klamath would also continue to give away the Eel River water).

    The only way to get our own Rep would be to quadruple our population, which depending on what happens with the Board of Sups race is exactly what the pro-development interests intend to do by updating our General Plan from its current 1/2 of 1% rate of annual growth to 2% annual growth. BTW, this current fight now being put forth by HumCPR and Estelle is simply a continuation of Rob Arkley’s efforts by way of Kay Backer a few years back:
    Estelle and Lee have done a much better job of hoodwinking so many so called back-to-the-landers into buying their arguments but in the end, the results will be the same with 20,000 new homes squeezed primarily between Trinidad and Fortuna over the next twenty years.

    It will take longer then that to get to Congressional District size, but it would take us well down that path, much to our peril.

  29. Richard
    June 5, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    Here’s my original editorial on the subject, written before the housing bubble peeked and then crashed, basically breaking capitalism in the process, which socialism then bailed out ( – credit Ralph Nader’s father for the reference). Based on this math at 80,000 new homes in twenty years we’d get to 600,00 citizens quicker the I’d said previously.
    The point not made here is that the areas that build the most new homes (Sac, Imperial Valley etc., AZ. NV, etc) had the highest spike in housing prices. Building more homes will not lower the price because the speculators make it no longer simple supply and demand when one investor or company is willing to buy 5, 10 or 1,000 homes in a raising market.

    Tuesday, August 31, 2004 – Eureka Times-Standard
    My Word
    by Richard Salzman

    As the county updates its General Plan, a small vocal group of developers (HELP) say their Plan H would make housing more affordable in Humboldt. While all proposals deserve careful consideration, the Alliance for Ethical Business finds HELP’s claim overly optimistic at best — and perhaps outright dishonest.

    These developers and Realtors want the county to assume a 2 percent annual population growth as an antidote to rising housing costs. Plan H calls this a “conservative” rate of growth — even though it would quadruple the current county target. What’s more, it neglects to mention that all of California has a projected growth rate of only 1.19 percent.

    When we look at what 2 percent annual growth would really mean to Humboldt County, can we imagine another 80,000 new residents, stuffed mostly between Rio Dell and Trinidad?

    In fact, only 18 of California’s 58 counties aim for a growth rate of 2 percent or greater. According to HELP’s friends at the California Association of Realtors ( http://www.car.org these high-growth counties, such as Fresno, Kern and Riverside, also have the fastest-rising housing prices, from 24 to 30 percent in the last year. Meanwhile, slow-growing Marin’s home prices increased only 9.4 percent.

    Developers in once-rural Sonoma have actively encouraged growth and urban sprawl. The results, aside from notorious traffic congestion? Average home prices now exceed $514,000, up $70,000 in the last year. Greater growth does not automatically lead to affordable housing.

    Most authorities agree the California housing market is due to cool off. Mortgage rates are bound to rise as the Fed bumps up the prime-lending rate. Northern California foreclosure rates jumped as much as 26 percent in some counties. And that same California Association of Realtors reports that the statewide Housing Affordability Index dropped to 19 percent in May, its lowest level since 1989. So, depending on your point of view, Humboldt County has reached the top (or bottom) of the housing market crisis.

    To grow Humboldt County at anything approaching the rate urged in Plan H, developers would have to keep stoking outside investment — creating an overheated local housing market. This would cost taxpayers like you and me millions in subsidized infrastructure, while primarily benefiting developers.

    Although claiming to be “anti-sprawl,” HELP also is demanding that the county set aside more than 40 square miles of what is now prime agricultural or timber production land for housing in the next 20 years. That’s an average of almost a full acre per unit for over 18,000 units. What HELP means by affordable housing isn’t what the average Humboldter means by affordable — HELP is more interested in “starter castles” costing a million or more.

  30. June 6, 2012 at 11:11 am

    Richard is demonized–but what is he saying==
    And when did comprising become Evil=

  31. Richard
    June 6, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    Thank you to all of the volunteer and Adams supporters in Humboldt County. Susan got over a fifty percent higher percentage here in Humboldt then in the rest of the 2nd Congressional District (13.1 vs. 8.4), so all that hard work you did made a difference, but not enough to overcome a 1,000 vote advantage of the Republican candidate. She also came within 63 votes of overtaking Lawson who out spent her 5 to 1 ($1Mi. to $200K), so credit for that goes to the ground game team and all of house party hosts and other volunteers. We’ll never know if my theory that Susan would be a challenge to Jared in November would have been proven true, but Jared will be a great Congressman and I expect he’ll caucus with the “Progressives”, so that will be a nice change (for us liberals) from having our Congressman be with the “Bluedogs”!

  32. Eric Vinyl
    June 6, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    The other thing to bear in mind, of course, I failed to mention, is all throwing our collective weight behind one united alternative at the same time. In the end, simply the fact that he had most of the progressive establishment behind him (DFA, Kucinich, et al) is probably what tipped my vote into the Solomon column.

    Fuck. *sigh*

  33. Eric
    June 6, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    I notice Solomon’s name appears nowhere in your recent comments, Richard. Wednesday morning quarterbacking is a bitch, but I’ll simply point out that Adams and Soloman got 8½% and 14% respectively, whereas the top Republican only got 15%.

  34. Richard
    June 6, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    I was only reporting on the results in Humboldt County. Here the numbers were Solomon 11.7% and Adams 13.1%. Solomon outspent Adams 3 to 1 ($600K to $200K).
    I don’t disagree that if only one of these two candidate were running they’d of had a shot at defeating the Republican for the second slot (you’ll see that Jared mentioned in today’s press that he was pleased when so many other Dem entered the race), but they were both running. It’s not as simple as saying “if the supporters joined forces” as we each believe our candidate was the better choice. The candidates on the other hand could decide to not both run, but that’s not what happen. Beyond that I’m not sure if you were making some other point. I’ll just close by saying I was never in objection to Jared, I just liked the idea of having an alternative to the “establishment” candidate, but we’d be lucky if all “establishment” candidates were as liberal as Huffman. I think he’ll do a fine job.

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