Santa Barbara Politics, Media & Culture

Monday, December 15, 2008

The Pappas-Farr Race is Not THAT Close!

I saw over at The Indy that Steve Pappas' $100,000 supporter thinks he was "acorned". Now that the Chicago organization has become an verb, I'm afraid it will forever be in the right wing lexicon right next to socialism.

Nancy Crawford-Hall, owner of the Santa Ynez Valley Journal, seems to think supervisorial candidate Steve Pappas came a lot closer to beating Doreen Farr than it looks on paper. With a 2.27% spread with 35,621 votes, I would be hard pressed to say he has a chance of surpassing Farr. 51% to 48% races generally do not get recounted and Pappas has apparently caused $6-7,000 of the Elections Division time up to this point. To be fair, the Elections Division didn't have to do the work but probably made a good decision in doing so as there were some questions worth answering.

This is a waste, however, of taxpayer money. Bully on Pappas for looking for integrity in the voting process but it looks as if County Clerk-Recorder Joe Holland is doing his job. A machine count which would be conducted today or tomorrow would be significantly more expensive. If there is one, Pappas and Crawford-Hall should be ready to pay for it.

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Blogger jqb said...

Since ACORN has never been linked with a single invalid vote, what can "acorned" mean, other than "beaten fair and square"?

Numerous investigations have shown that the whole "voter fraud" notion pushed by Republicans is itself a fraud -- there are virtually no fraudulent votes cast, while there are numerous fraudulent practices by Republicans aimed at suppressing valid votes. The whole attack on ACORN -- a voter registration organization -- is designed to disenfranchise people, to prevent them from being able to vote or from having their votes counted.

12/15/2008 8:20 AM  
Anonymous allegro805 said...

Thank goodness he's at least paying for it himself as reported (after you posted this) in the Santa Maria Times.

But good grief! He's already wasted plenty of people's time over this.

I was sad to see it, but at least Hannah-Beth Jackson had the good sense and graciousness to concede even though the final results of her race were MUCH closer, percentage wise.

How about an award for Idiot of the Week? Though this definitely qualifies for "What Were They Thinking?"

12/15/2008 11:18 AM  
Anonymous SBCTA said...

The Third District office has traditionally had a larger staff budget due to its larger size relative to the other districts and the presumed necessity for a north and south county staff presence. This isn't an endorsement, simply an FYI.


PS - at the risk of ruining his reputation with the ADS folks on here, Chris is a smart guy and should prove effective in his new role.

12/17/2008 4:19 PM  
Blogger mac said...

Speaking of Nancy Crawford-Hall, owner of the Santa Ynez Valley Journal.....
SHE has donated $193,000 (!) to Pappas' campaign.
Then she wrote in one of her long winded editorials,
"Pappas won't be in the pocket of anyone."
Does she think we're that stupid? How much more is she willing to donate to buy herself a County Supervisor?

2/08/2009 11:49 AM  

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