As we approach the June 3 primary, most California newspapers are busy entertaining prospective candidates and cranking out serious endorsements for a slew of mundane races. The Sacramento Bee is no exception.
In some races, the choices are rather obvious: There’s one great candidate, and then there are cranks, perennials and people who orbit around Saturn. Other races feature multiple wholly qualified and distinguished candidates, and it’s hard to decide. Newspapers try to interview the major contenders in the area, and the candidates dutifully troop down to newspaper offices to present their case.
We try to be polite with everyone, I think, and give each wannabe office-holder a fair hearing, be it in person or in a telephone interview. However, I wonder whether there’s a more candid, descriptive way to characterize the people running. If I were writing the endorsement editorials, they would probably run like this.
For more information about the candidates, go to voterguide.sos.ca.gov.
Yes, it’s real. Unlike www.who’srunningagainbesidesbrown?.ca.gov.
But don’t ask to see the GOP candidates.
The Republicans didn’t list their candidates in the sample ballot. We get that.
Those interviews take a lot of time.