The Sacramento Bee had a nice article today with its endorsements (which is what the CC Times should have also done) when it endorsed both Oakley Councilman Jim Frazier and Suisun City Councilman Mike Hudson by stating they are the strongest candidates in the AD-11 Race.
What was stunning was the Bee mentions the City of Oakley slipping up when it tried to bail out our city manager which was later rescinded. The Bee saved itself by immediately stating afterword’s that episode seems to be one of the few missteps in what has been a steady track record of accomplishment of Mr. Frazier.
Conveniently left out in the explanation was that Mr. Frazier took a leadership position by taking the blame when he didn’t have to while correcting the problem immediately.
By the way, a couple of corrections on Mr. Frazier. He has not served eight years as a councilman, he has completed 3 years on the council and currently in his fourth year. He is not currently the mayor, he served in that capacity last year.
In contrast, the Bee played favorites to Mr. Hudson by saying his negative was not signing a document—really? That’s the best they could come up with?
While the Bee raises a valid point that a Conservative/Tea Partier should have signed the Republican Party’s no-tax pledge document, it raises a few red flags for me and questions if he is really as conservative as he claims based on his reasoning for not signing it.
What I don’t like is the Bee wants to bring out Mr. Frazier’s deepest-darkest skeleton while Mr. Hudson gets thrown a softball to the readers.
If the Bee wanted to be fair and compare apples to apples, maybe it should have mentioned that as a fiscal conservative and a steward of the people’s money, Mr. Hudson took a leadership position by presenting and gathering support on a 118% council pay raise—making nearly $36,000 for a town of just 28,2623 people.
In my opinion, both can now play at a level playing field going forward.
In the end, both Mr. Frazier and Mr. Hudson are my top two choices for the primary because as the Bee has also seen, both are in the best position to actually help the District where they deserve to duke it out in November.
Hopefully a majority of the voters feel the same way.