Wally Herger, Sierra County’s Presumed Congressman, Announces Retirement
By Prospect Cub Reporter and Mountain Messenger Editor Don Russell
WASHINGTON, D.C.– On Monday, Congressman Wally Herger announced he
would retire at the end of his current term. The resultant game of
political musical chairs will result in several interesting primary
elections in Sierra County come June.
Herger, once Sierra County’s national representative before a
previous redistricting, was presumed to be returning to that status as
a result of the recent redistricting following the 2010 census.
Our current national representative, Congressman Tom McClintock,
has had his district moved south, and will seek reelection in that
With Herger’s retirement, the local political landscape changes.
It is axiomatic that all politicians want to be re-elected, and prefer
to retire from a federal position. Thus, a brand new political
Herger has endorsed state Senator Doug LaMalfa, of Richvale, to
follow him as our federal congressman. Other Republicans, presuming
LaMalfa will win that election, are positioning themselves for the
state senate job.
Among those is Assemblyman Jim Nielsen, of Gerber, who announced
he will not seek reelection to his current seat in favor of campaigning
for LaMalfa’s senate seat. Nielsen’s Assembly seat included the
Sierra County’s current Assemblyman Dan Logue, who moved to Nevada
County in anticipation of the new districts, has reportedly announced
he will move back to Marysville and seek Nielsen’s Assembly seat. The
Marysville area is Logue’s original political base.
Thus, Sierra County’s (District One’s) assembly seat will be
vacant, and there will be no incumbent for our federal Congressional
This is the political equivalent of sharks smelling blood in the water.
Herger retires after 13 terms in Congress. He is fabled for the
quality service he has offered constituents. He is a quiet Republican,
almost never voting against the direction of that party.
Herger is also famed, among those who believe there are already
enough laws, for introducing almost no legislation. The one exception
was his partnership with Senator Dianne Feinstein to force Forest
Service cooperation with the Quincy Library Group experiment to
Herger will, unfortunately, leave in this author’s disgrace,
having recently voted to give the President power to ignore the
Constitution and indefinitely jail American citizens merely accused of