In Pamela Price’s corner

Pamela Price addressing the Alameda County Bar Association in Oakland last April, along with Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley.

‘You got that ass!’ a Price campaign volunteer tells her before public speaking events

It was another in a long line of frenetic, contentious debates in early May between Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley and challenger Pamela Price.

The pair of lawyers were among peers for a candidate forum hosted by the Alameda County Bar Association in Oakland. After each candidate’s closing statement ended about 45 minutes of rhetorical pushing and prodding, Price retreated to the door where her purple-clad volunteers stood to congratulate her performance.

A tall gentleman who has been a fixture for months in the campaign squared himself in front of Price said, “You got that ass!”

He repeated the phrase to the exhausted Price who blankly stared back at him, not unlike a spent boxer on a stool in the corner of the ring being feed words of encouragement by his trainer. “You got that ass!”

But the exchange, which seemed to deeply clash with the setting, has played out on other occasions during the campaign.

Witnesses at the Alameda County Democratic Central Committee endorsement meeting in March said the same volunteer used the phrase in order to hype Price before and after what would be the most heated debate between the two candidates.

Price’s campaign did not respond for comment.

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