Thursday, October 11, 2012
Former Congressman Bill Thomas endorses Roy Ashburn for 1st District, Kern County supervisor
It was a big day for former state Sen. Roy Ashburn, who is now running to represent the 1st District on the Kern County Board of Supervisors. Ashburn picked up the endorsement of former Congressman Bill Thomas, who split with longtime political consultant Mark Abernathy. Abernathy is running the campaign of Ashburn's opponent, Mick Gleason.
Former city councilman Mark Salvaggio put it this way in an email blast: "This bipartisan group of endorsements is unprecedented in Kern County politics. They speak well of Roy Ashburn's experience, abilities, and independent streak. Ashburn now has a big political leg up in this important race... He is combing the 1st District with great passion in seeking the support of the good people in Shafter, Delano, Kern River Valley, Oildale, Ridgecrest, Inyokern, and parts of Bakersfield. His opponent, Mick Gleason, is seen as little more than a clone of Abernathy.
"The message is clear: these endorsements also signify the public being 'fed up' of another Mark Abernathy power grab. People want their representatives to be accountable to the people instead of being controlled by a slick political operative who has never been elected to office himself. Abernathy has been the subject of numerous controversies over the past 30 years in Kern County. His campaigns have been often characterized by taking the low road with twisted facts and half truths."