One of the guns in Linda Parks' arsenal in her battle to keep her job on the Ventura County Board of Supervisors is to brandish Audra Strickland as a carpetbagger, seeing as Strickland just announced her candidacy after moving into the 2nd Supervisorial District, which includes the Conejo Valley, from Moorpark. But will that label stick, considering that Moorpark is just a couple of miles away from Thousand Oaks?
It's not like different languages are spoken in Thousand Oaks and Moorpark or that the cultures are different. It's right down the 23. And Strickland already represents 2nd District inhabitants in the Assembly.
Strickland anticipated the criticism and attempted to deflect the inevitable in her first campaign appearance on Friday by telling reporters that the moderate Parks "might as well be a carpetbagger from Berkeley."
Parks is known for her environmental activism, and supported the Democratic candidate for State Senate over Audra's husband, Tony Strickland, in 2008. She was a Democrat herself for 20 years, ultimately switching parties just before her first run for the Thousand Oaks City Council.
The Berkeley remark drew a response from the Democratic Party, which beat Parks to the punch to be the first to call Strickland a carpetbagger:
It was a rough start for Strickland with this swing and a miss as Parks has never lived in Berkeley. In fact, it is Strickland who re-registered to vote in the 2nd Supervisoral District only two weeks ago for the sole purpose of qualifying to run.
I don't think Strickland spoke literally about Parks and Berkeley. Her point was that there is a bigger difference between Democrats and Republicans than what exists between Moorpark residents and Thousand Oaks residents.
But the Ventura County Democratic Party doesn't want to see a Democrat-turned-Republican lose her seat to a member of the right-of-center Republican establishment, so it will actively oppose Strickland's candidacy to the point of drawing Strickland's blood before Parks has had a chance.