Leftist blogger Chris Liebenthal generated a blog post today going on the offensive for his favorite County Supervisor, Marina Dimitrijevic. He criticizes candidates Bill Buresh and Sylvia Ortiz for declining a County Candidates Forum hosted by a group whose members have endorsed their opponents. Liebenthal says,
"In other words, they refused to attend because they didn't want to hear from or answer questions of people that weren't necessarily in line with their candidacy. That's some real conviction in their positions!"
Given that Buresh and Ortiz have been hitting doors in their districts pretty hard lately, I don't think it's fair to say they're disinterested in different opinions. They declined the forum because it's hosted and controlled by people who support their opponents. A candidate forum is supposed to be unbiased so candidates have an equal opportunity to present themselves to their community.
Would Peggy West go to a forum hosted by Ace Boxing Club - a group with close relations to Ortiz? Since West had already unfriended the Ace Boxing Club from her Facebook page, I think we know the answer.
I also find it interesting that Liebenthal refers to me as, "The unethical Aaron Rodriguez." This comes from a guy who recently received a 10 day suspension from his county job for doing political activity on a county computer. Perhaps he shouldn't throw around the term too liberally. I suppose it's not too surprising that Dimitrijevic is chummy with Liebenthal considering her endorsement of a candidate with a history of spousal battery, theft, unemployment fraud, disorderly conduct, and three restraining orders by a former wife.
I think it's silly to describe Bill Buresh's campaign as dirty. Jason Auerbach, volunteer for Buresh's campaign, has filed multiple ethics and campaign violations against Dimitrijevic and compelled Dimitrijevic's treasurer to file his campaign finance reports a year late. It was a legitimate complaint that caused Dimitrijevic's treasurer - who is an expert in campaign finance law - to fix his mistake. If it were dirty politics, then how did Auerbach school an expert in campaign finance law? Liebenthal should probably stick to his anti-Walker propaganda that few people can stomach to read.