It’s all over the place folks, and HAF, True North, and our favorite champion of the “non-partisan” community organization – Patrick Cleary himself! – aren’t even pretending to hide their political machinations anymore.
Just this past week, True North Organizing Network put on a political debate. Wait til you hear some of the questions that candidates were asked, too. If you thought the recent presidential debates were chock-full of questions that ignored some of the toughest issues – or that were outright designed to benefit one candidate over the other – then you’d have keeled over to hear the questions asked of our current City Council candidates.
Our personal favorite was when candidates were asked what they would have done to support the the protests over the North Dakota oil pipeline – as if the City of Eureka has any damn business sticking their noses in that debate when there are much more pressing issues affecting our community already!
Of course, it would make sense for True North and HAF to fashion a debate geared towards – they already hopped on that bandwagon with the City of Eureka. You’d even think that True North Organizing Network, a group that is ostensibly designed to support and protect minorities and tribal interests, would distance themselves from people like Allen McCloskey – who frickin’ stole from a California Tribe! – but nope!
He’s all over the debate, and all over True North’s Facebook page, spitting the same kind of social-engineering bullshit that Cleary and Co. are trying to force on the rest of Humboldt County. McCloskey even goes so far as to (yet again) accuse a City Council candidate of hating gay folks, after this was publicly refuted and debunked in the Times-Standard.
It didn’t just stop there, either. True North/HAF/Cleary have their hands busy stirring the political pot up in Del Norte, too, as evidenced by the second political event they put on in less than a week.
THC would think it must be exhausting to so vehemently deny political involvement while simultaneously doing everything possible to influence the outcome of local elections, but HAF’s favorite political tool shows no signs of stopping. In fact, they seem to become more bold with every week. (We’d also say that, just for the sake of subtlety, you wouldn’t need to use the word “non-partisan” in the advertising for a debate unless there are some legitimate concerns about the leanings or political involvement of your organization. HAF/True North protests too much, wethinks.)
At what point will the community tire of Humboldt Area Foundation using our generously gifted money to pay their own fat salaries and to manipulate our area’s politics?