Republicans censure Antonson
The county Republican Central Committee has censured 4th District supervisorial write-in candidate Rene Antonson for a Sept. 11 brawl outside a meeting.
“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 the Sept. 17 letter signed by chairman Dick Marshall and issued at the direction of the central committee’s executive board.
“The cause of this disruption was intentional, lacked self control, provoking to members and other guests attending the NCRCC General Meeting, caused alarm and annoyed those present. Your conduct and that of your guests had no legitimate reason and is not protected by the Constitution,” the letter went on to say.
The letter also threatened to remove Antonson as an alternate member of the Nevada County Republican Central Committee “if this behavior persists.”
Marshall declined to comment, and wouldn’t say whether anyone else had been issued a censure – a formal declaration of disapproval.
“The letter speaks for itself,” Marshall said.
The District Attorney’s Office is still investigating the fight that allegedly involved Greg Seghezzi, Ron Fereira and Antonson outside a central committee meeting.
The scuffle reportedly broke out after Seghezzi exchanged words with Antonson and his wife. All three then left the meeting.
Antonson said he thinks the censure letter is inappropriate because he raised his hand and was acknowledged to speak. He said someone asked him to take the argument outside, where the fight allegedly erupted.
“As far as I’m concerned, the Republican Central Committee is out of order, and not Rene,” said Antonson.
Antonson said the upset people are Robin Sutherland’s supporters, who think he will take votes away from her in the November general election. Both are attempting to unseat incumbent Supervisor Elizabeth Martin.
Seghezzi said he hasn’t received a letter of censure, and was told he would not be getting one. Seghezzi showed up at a subsequent meeting and was told he was welcome to attend.
“I was told (Antonson) would be getting a letter and I’m not,” said Seghezzi.
Fereira could not be reached for comment.
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