Political Gamesmanship By Olsen and O’Brien
We’ve watched Supervisor Bill O’Brien for years on the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors (BoS) and most of the time his decisions (if you overlook the waste of time with Gerry Kamilos’ West Park illusion/fantasy) were in the public’s interest. But his decision to hide his not running for Supervisor again must have a hidden payoff for him ( maybe her support such as it is when he runs for state office). Kristin Olsen who has done little except cash state pay checks and find a job for her unemployed wannabe soccer coach husband has scurried sideways for another taste of the public’s teat, is running unopposed for O’Brien’s position on the BoS.
Olsen, who despite her claims of wanting to campaign, knew she didn’t stand a snowball’s chance in hell of winning against Cathleen Galgiani. Just two months ago she was talking about spending some quality family time. Well if Olsen isn’t lying she isn’t talking.
Local campaign donors have to be excited regarding this about face. Olsen’s secret to getting elected has been, since her Modesto City Council days, to be an energetic advocate for those who crossed her palm with money ( campaign contributions of course). Watching her on the floor of the City Council defending the Chopra’s slight of hand in a local development (screwing a family farm out of usable land by shifting a designated water catch basin onto their land from Chopra’s) was a sight to behold. The only right or wrong in her eyes is who donated to her campaign and who didn’t. I’ll give her this, once she’s bought she stays bought. Local developers will rejoice at her decision to run for the BoS.
Who orchestrated this slight of hand we could speculate but don’t know for sure (if we can find out you’ll hear it here) but since Olsen accomplished almost nothing of consequence at the state level we don’t hold out much hope for her accomplishing anything worthwhile on the Board of Supervisors, well except for those dreams of avarice of her contributors.