Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley and former
Port of Oakland Commissioner Bryan Parker.

Alameda County supervisorial candidate Bryan Parker is well-spoken with a firm grasp of the issues. When the upstart challenging long-time Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley spoke before the county’s Democratic Central Committee last week, the party big-wigs were cordial.

Parker and Miley were vying for the local party’s endorsement for this June’s winner-take-all primary at the central committee’s monthly meeting in San Leandro.

But once the candidates left the room, the often outspoken and catty group of party poobahs, unleashed their fury against Parker, who last ran for Oakland mayor two years ago.

“He should be ashamed of himself for running,” Howard Egerman, an elected member of the central committee from Oakland’s 18th Assembly District, said of Parker’s insurgent run for supervisor.

Even more biting were comments from Central Committee member Kathy Neal, who like others urged the group to endorse Miley’s re-election. Neal once tabbed Parker as her alternative to the central committee.

“We don’t always like to admit to mistakes that we make, but I will,” said Neal. “That was one of the most stupid mistakes that I have made in my life and as soon I realized that, I removed him immediately. That’s all I have to say.”

Others spoke less aggressively in favor of endorsing Miley, in addition, to a central committee member from Pleasanton. The member from Pleasanton speaking on behalf of Miley is notable, since the Tri Valley city, which makes up the farthest eastern portion of the supervisorial district that also includes East Oakland, is viewed as the primary’s battleground.

Because of county redistricting a few years back Miley has little history with voters in Pleasanton, who are typically more moderate than the rest of the district and potentially more friendly to Parker’s business background.

Needless to say, in the end, the Alameda County Central Committee endorsed Miley.