Lodinews.com

default avatar
Welcome to the site! Login or Signup below.
|
||
Logout|My Dashboard

Editorial: On quitting a campaign

Print
Font Size:
Default font size
Larger font size

Posted: Saturday, May 31, 2014 12:00 am

There’s no sense in Gary Hickey’s continuing his quest for the San Joaquin County district attorney’s office.

His personal challenges should be his top priority. He’s had multiple run-ins with the law and drinking has been a factor in most of them.

These include a disturbing the peace arrest in 1991 (case dismissed), a 1998 State Bar disciplinary action, a 2013 hit-and-run accident (Hickey pled “in abeyance” and agreed to restitution for a damaged phone pole), a January 2014 allegation now before the State Bar that he was drunk in court and misrepresented his client, an April DUI arrest and an arrest last week for being drunk in public.

He should not mislead voters about his fitness to be the county’s top criminal prosecutor. He is not fit for this or any other public office.

Instead, he should face his private demons.

We didn’t set down this litany to embarrass Hickey. The fact is, we wish him well and hope that away from the spotlight, he can put his life back together. Hickey may think we’re urging him to be a quitter. That’s not it at all.

In our opinion, stepping back from the DA’s race would be an act of bravery — one that puts his priorities right and produces the best results for himself and the voters.

Rules of Conduct

  • 1 Use your real name. You must register with your full first and last name before you can comment. (And don’t pretend you’re someone else.)
  • 2 Keep it clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually oriented language.
  • 3 Don’t threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
  • 4 Be truthful. Don't lie about anyone or anything. Don't post unsubstantiated allegations, rumors or gossip that could harm the reputation of a person, company or organization.
  • 5 Be nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
  • 6 Stay on topic. Make sure your comments are about the story. Don’t insult each other.
  • 7 Tell us if the discussion is getting out of hand. Use the ‘Report’ link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
  • 8 Share what you know, and ask about what you don't.
  • 9 Don’t be a troll.
  • 10 Don’t reveal personal information about other commenters. You may reveal your own personal information, but we advise you not to do so.
  • 11 We reserve the right, at our discretion, to monitor, delete or choose not to post any comment. This may include removing or monitoring posts that we believe violate the spirit or letter of these rules, or that we otherwise determine at our discretion needs to be monitored, not posted, or deleted.

Welcome to the discussion.

Recent Comments

Posted 16 hours ago by Steve Schmidt.

Posted 16 hours ago by Jien Kaur.

article: Letter: Immigration crisis is linked to…

Here is link to article that fit in with this halloween costume. http://www.vanguardnewsnetwork.com/v1/2005/Staff031305MaliciousDuo.htm

More...

Posted 16 hours ago by Thomas Heuer.

article: Steve Hansen: Climate change is real, b…

Jien, As I think I have said before, don't under estimate the value a little humor can bring to a serious discussion.

More...

Posted 16 hours ago by Jien Kaur.

article: Letter: Immigration crisis is linked to…

"They are largely illiterate in their own language, overwhelming our schools and impeding the education of English-speaking students.&…

More...

Posted 17 hours ago by Jien Kaur.

article: Letter: Immigration crisis is linked to…

"beetle in a dung heap" The nirvana is very far from the reach of the Mr Portal. So must comply with the cycle of birth, life, …

More...

Video

Popular Stories

Poll

Loading…

Your News

News for the community, by the community.

Featured Events

Mailing List

Subscribe to a mailing list to have daily news sent directly to your inbox.

  • Breaking News

    Would you like to receive breaking news alerts? Sign up now!

  • News Updates

    Would you like to receive our daily news headlines? Sign up now!

  • Sports Updates

    Would you like to receive our daily sports headlines? Sign up now!

Manage Your Lists