Silly season has hit the City of Oakley as City Council Candidate Randi Adler provided some interesting information on Saturday which may highlight that the Contra Costa Times may already be biased prior to their upcoming candidate’s forum.
Ms. Adler claims that Times writer Rowena Coetsee asked her what questions should be asked during the interviews and what should not be asked. It was also insinuated that the Times was offering to help Adler’s campaign against Kevin Romick and other candidates. She also informed me that the Times was getting ready to go after Romick in the near future and were going to “hammer him” at their forum.
It was actually astonishing she would state this to me with two witnesses by my side.
In speaking with Judy Prieve who is Ms. Coetsee’s editor at the Times, she denies this ever happened and stated Rowena would never do anything like that. I tend to agree.
While it’s no secret that I have not agreed with Ms. Coetsee’s angles on stories about Oakley, ultimately I do not believe Ms. Coetsee is that thoughtless and careless to have a conversation like that with Ms. Adler of all people. The most likely scenario in knowing Ms. Adler, it’s a distortion of a reality at best.
When looking at this situation objectively, even with Adler’s information from Saturday, the Times has been reckless with its coverage of Oakley for the past two years. The editorial Board has likely already made up its mind that anyone associated with the City Manager deal they won’t endorse. Being that its the Times, they wont change a lot of peoples minds when it comes to election day.
Romick should simply skip it for obvious reasons as there is little to gain from it.
On a side note, Ms. Alder also stated that Paul Seger, who is Ron Borland’s campaign manager, called her on behalf of Ron Borland asking to team up to take out the other candidates. She declined that invitation and rightfully so.
Now onto the Oakley Chamber of Commerce Forum where they have not yet announced who the moderator will be with the debate to occur in less than 48-hours. Rumor has it the moderator will be Charleen Earley of Delta Living Magazine, but I have been unable to confirm. Earley is not the problem, the Chamber should simply announce who the moderator is. This is actually pretty reckless of the Chamber because it puts all the candidates at risk of being embarrassed rather than in a situation to provide information to voters. This will likely have a low attendance with a Q&A session likely to get out of hand.
Finally, I’ll say it again; the Chamber is a terrible organization to host this type of event due to the conflict of interest as Romick and the Chamber host a Breakfast with the Mayor while Doug Hardcastle is a former Board Member and is currently a chamber member.
Romick would be better off heading to the movies so he can add to his Nacho Movie Review section of his blog than putting up with the uncalled for attacks these forums will send his way.
Any public candidate should know that when you are having a conversation with a reporter or blogger that that conversation is on the record unless stated otherwise–I do honor off the record conversation. Rather than accusing me for her mistake and threatening civil action she needs to understand this conversation was with three other people including her. My two other witnesses are very credible and would be able to verify what was said in the context above. Further more, when she stated what she said, the two with me asked for clarification because they were so shocked by her claims. She stated it a second time but was paraphrased. Ms. Adler towards the end of the conversation, tried to downplay her comments because I suspect she realized she said things that probably she should not be stating.
I just spoke with Randi Adler via phone who disagrees with my account of what happened and is upset. She says it was taken out of context and was misreported. I stand by what I wrote. I know the context and what was said as this was not a rumor as her information was volunteered and no one asked her to provide it during the friendly conversation. It’s my intention to report what is going on in East Contra Costa County and this was something that was troubling to me so I put it out there.
This was not an attack on Ms. Adler or meant to embarrass her, this was simply a reporting back to the public on a City Council Candidate who decided to open her mouth and now wants to blame someone for her mistake. Again, I do have two credible people who will be able to verify what was characterized above is accurate and truthful the way it happened.
I invite Ms. Adler to provide her account of what transpired and I will publish it. I am all ears.