Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Don't trust Democrats to fix Nadia Lockyer mess

meeting of the board of supervisors to discuss health care in 
Oakland, Calif. on Tuesday, March 20, 2012. She announced her 
resignation April 21 following a series of incidents and a 
stay in alcohol rehabilitation. Photo: Paul Chinn / The Chronicle
Nadia Lockyer resigns as Alameda County supervisor

Lockyer, the wife of state Treasurer Bill Lockyer, was a political unknown in the Bay Area before her influential husband funded most of the record $1.6 million spent on her 2010 supervisorial campaign.

Lockyer's resignation is the latest chapter in a lurid and murky tale involving the high-profile political couple from Hayward and allegations of sex tapes, blackmail, drug use and violence. It started with a Feb. 3 incident in a Newark hotel room in which she called police saying her former boyfriend, Stephen Chikhani, assaulted her. She checked into an inpatient rehab center shortly afterward....

There is enough blame to go around - and voters deserve some of it, too. They can claim they were duped by their leaders, misled by campaign rhetoric, but at the end of the day their only responsibility was to choose a qualified leader at the ballot box, and they fell asleep at the wheel. - Chip Johnson/SF Gate

It's easy to dismiss the dramatic fall of Alameda County Supervisor Nadia Lockyer as the failings of an addict. But it was much more than that. A system - our political system - created her....

Now, Union City Councilman Richard Valle, who endorsed Nadia Lockyer, is being tapped to replace the former supervisor by many of the same Democratic Party forces who elevated her. He, in fact, is rumored to be Bill and Nadia Lockyer's pick. That's rich.

Why we should trust the Democratic Party that created this mess to fix it is beyond me.