Antonson off GOP board
District 4 supervisorial write-in candidate Rene Antonson has been removed as an alternate member from the Nevada County Republican Central Committee.
“Since you are going to be a write-in candidate on Nov. 5, even though Izzy (Martin) and Robin (Sutherland) were the top vote (getters), I feel you will just be giving the election to Izzy,” committee member Betty Hood wrote Antonson in a letter dated Sept. 25.
“Because of this, I no longer wish you to be my alternate – just too divisive.”
Antonson’s troubles with the central committee began with a Sept. 11 altercation outside of its meeting in Grass Valley. He was then censured by the committee.
The District Attorney’s Office is investigating the fight, which allegedly involved Antonson, Greg Seghezzi and Ron Fereira.
“You are being censured for the actions by you and your guests that required the response of the Grass Valley Police Department to keep the peace,” said a letter dated Sept. 17 signed by committee chairman Dick Marshall.
Antonson said Wednesday, however, that he was not at fault, and that Marshall’s account of what happened was incorrect.
In a letter to Marshall dated Sept. 23, Antonson declared his intent to dispute the charges and requested that the censure matter be scheduled for a future meeting at which the committee parliamentarian was present.
Antonson said Wednesday Marshall has yet to grant his request to answer the charges before the committee’s full membership.
“They’ve taken me off the Republican Central Committee as a alternate so I can’t have my day with the general members and I can’t answer the questions about what happened,” Antonson said.
Marshall declined comment on the matter when contacted by The Union Wednesday evening. Hood could not be reached for comment.
The former county supervisor said his dispute with the central committee is a constitutional issue.
“I am a legal candidate, according to the county Elections Office and the California Constitution, and I have the right to run as a write-in,” Antonson said.
He said the committee’s actions are driven by its endorsement of Sutherland, who is also challenging Martin for the 4th District seat.
“I must remind you that any attempt by the Central Committee to hinder my write-in candidacy would be against party rules and bylaws concerning Republican candidates seeking nonpartisan office,” reads Antonson’s letter to Marshall.
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