This candidate forum was run by the Amador County Bar Association.
Once again, the Moderator was the issue. He decided after a few early questions attacking Jeff Seaton’s opponent to enforce a strict one-minute rule. This meant that boisterous Jeff Seaton supporters were allowed to shout down parts of questions being asked. And, again – the moderator allowed Jeff Seaton to pick the questions he answered.
You’d think that Jeff Seaton would have been able to score points with another venue like this. He didn’t – in fact, he horrific oratory skills and unclear answers likely cost him votes again.
Jeff Seaton’s opponent was even able to turn about a planted question about Military service. (Keep in mind – Seaton’s opponent lost the use of an arm in a teenage motorcycle accident)
The room was divided down the middle with Jeff Seaton supporters on one side and his opponent’s supporters on the other side. The supporters of his opponent included business people, most of whom were wearing suits.
The other side consisted of the families of convicts, a bunch of people from a motorcycle club that Seaton is part of and a group from the local American Legion ( my apologies to the VFW as most of whom support Seaton’s opponent.) (Also note that Seaton hasn’t given a dime to any charity by his own admission).
Several members of the families of convicts asked whiny personal questions of Jeff Seaton’s opponent – they got their questions answered completely. When Jeff Seaton answered questions (what few he did get) his answers were circumspect and sometimes the logic was circular.
Here are some key notes:
When asked about his on-again and off-again use of pain meds and “when did you perjure yourself in court” (because Jeff Seaton claimed to be on meds at the beginning of the trial and when he cut and ran 2/14 at the end claimed he never was and then on 3/20 claimed his income went down because of illness) – his answer was something like “we’ve all been sick at one time or another – you know how it is?”.
Yes, Jeff. But, I never perjured myself in court talking about it.
When asked about his financial train wreck, he claimed he could not answer the question because the case was ongoing.
When later asked about his financial train wreck and reminded that the case was indeed closed – some of his supporters shouted down the asker of the question allowing Seaton to escape answering once again.
When a question came up about the constitution and the role and expectations of a DA vs a Defense Attorney – Jeff Seaton could not answer the question worth a plug nickel – however, his opponent received applause from everyone in the room.
The last key moment occurred when the subject of the Amador County Republican Party was brought up. There was raucous laughter and the moderator had to quiet people down.
Jeff Seaton hurt his cause again – he should have stayed home.