One of the most rousing and unexpectedly strong East Bay political campaigns in recent memory is ending. Alameda County District Attorney candidate Pamela Price, who had tapped into a well of discontent toward mass incarceration and the misbehavior of law enforcement toward minorities, conceded the election to incumbent DA Nancy O’Malley Friday afternoon.
In a statement posted on Facebook, Price thanked her supporters and vowed a return to the political arena at same point in time. She did not mention O’Malley in her statement.
“I just wanted to send a quick informal note to say thank you for all of the kind words and well wishes. Losing is always very hard for me to process and this is no different,” Price wrote.
“But it is part of our struggle to fight and sometimes lose a battle that you then have to regroup. I am one who knows that what does not kill you makes you stronger. I am inspired by the love and spirit of this community – and I’ll be back!”
The omission of O’Malley in the statement, is not particularly surprising based on the extremely vitriolic tone Price’s campaign unleashed for months against O’Malley, and the late return volley by O’Malley, and then special interests groups backed by various law enforcement groups against Price.
In a statement on Wednesday, Price sounded guardedly optimistic that the large number of ballots still remaining to be counted gave her campaign some hope for a comeback
An update of the election results by the Alameda County Registrar of Voters Thursday evening likely signaled the end of Price’s campaign. At the end of Election Night tabulations early Wednesday morning, Price trailed O’Malley by 20 points. The addition of roughly 15,000 votes Thursday, in fact, slightly increased O’Malley’s lead.
I should be fair. Looking at her website, http://www.pypesq.com/attorney/, it is clear she has spent much time in the court room, on civil rights and harassment cases. Fair enough. Those are important cases. I’d say, though, that they are not CRIMINAL cases. They are civil cases. Seeking money judgments is a whole different legal world from putting deserving people in jail. She also is not color blind, as a prosecutor should be. She sees inherent bias against people of color. THAT IS BALONEY. I’ve seen the justice system in Alameda county at work. It bends over backwards to try to find a person innocent, and only, only, in cases where there is no choice, will it prosecute and imprison people who WELL deserve it. Ms. Price’s assertions of institutional bias are ludicrous. Well, she lost. So, I’ll stop.
Right! Well then. Repeating what others have said: Perhaps if she obtained some hours actually working in a court room, she would come to appreciate the depth of experience required to be a leader of prosecutors. Rather, she is a lot like President Obama, whose only real work experience was as a “Community Organizer” and a few years as a very junior attorney at a Chicago law firm. Such people get to think really, really big thoughts, yet, in life, they have accomplished near nothing. Such is a “Civil Rights” attorney.
My advice, if she runs again: If you start saying the D.A.’s office is responsible for “mass incarceration” you will lose again, because any thinking person knows it is radical hyperbole, intended to get votes from weak minds.
Having known people who worked for Pamela Price in her law office; she is a horrible person to work for, constant employee turn overs, looks down on her own employees, and basically treat people “beneath her” LIKE garbage. O’Malley is not perfect, but if Price had won, the district attorney’s office would have been highly dysfunctional. How a person treat others is indicative of how they would treat the public, which they wish to represent ,
she doesn’t need to be back; she was never qualified to begin with