The DUI and its release is not the issue. Politics is dirty so what. Any person can go to the court house and find out if someone has a criminal or civil history. The Journal is right, unfortunately in one sentence, that Sundberg needed to be up front. The issue is how Sundberg handled it at the time it happened and when it came out. He should have said something before someone else did. The DUI is bad, but it is not the mistake here. It his failure to be honest with the public. The DUI was at or just before he was running for office and any candidate would be thinking to himself, how do I handle this. He knows an immediate DUI will definitely affect his candidacy (i.e. votes, campaign contributions). Does he say something now or wait and see what happens. He chose the latter and it is for no other reason but to keep votes and money. What else could it be? The DUI was not ten years ago where not saying something would probably have been accepted as in the past. It was right at the time he is running. He made an intentional decision to not disclose it to everyone and see if he can get a win. If he had disclosed that he just got a DUI, it was a serious mistake, he is still running, and he wants to do good for Humboldt, I would have had respect for the guy. His response to the release that it is public record or that he told Geist/Duffy and some supporters, or it is dirty politics. A response like that is very poor and immature. His reaction should have been that he made a mistake by not saying something at that time end of story. I was voting for another candidate well before this issue came out because I find that Sundberg like Geist/Duffy to have not much knowledge of the issues and he won't do much except occupy a seat. Nice guy, but I want change. However, if I was one of his supporters, the DUI would not be what troubles me, it is his active decision to not be the one to tell the public at the time it happened. I think that is worse than the DUI itself, because it shows his failure to accept the gravity the violation and his dishonesty with the public. Immediate honesty is the best policy even for politicians.
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In Print This Week:
Feb 16, 2017
vol XXVIII issue 7
Under the Color of Authority
The North Coast Journal
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