Herger Retires

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 district.
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 scramble.
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 Marysville area.
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 seat.
Got that?
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 fireproof forests.
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 abetting terrorists.
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