Realtor money means development
David Bolling’s editorial in the Friday, Nov. 2 edition of the Index-Tribune implied that a letter to the editor reached a spurious conclusion when it insinuated that campaign money from real estate associations, given to John Sawyer, implied acting in the interests of development in the Valley and city.
Since I wrote the letter Bolling referred to, I thought I’d reply.
Yes, I think realtor associations giving large sums of money to Sawyer’s campaign, and not to Susan Gorin’s, is done so in the hope that he will further their interests, and those interests are the development of the Highway 12 corridor from Glen Ellen to Santa Rosa. Whether it’s houses, wineries or resorts, it’s what the real estate business is all about, no? And these realtors chose to give their money to Mr. Sawyer. I’ll leave it to the voters to decide why they made that choice.
My second point is this. It’s stated in Bolling’s editorial, and in a letter from the North Bay Realtors Association, that the money came from Southern California because that’s where they do their accounting. Interesting. I guess the realtors here in Northern Cal aren’t capable of adding. And yes, Gorin asked for their support as well, as both candidates trolled for funding in similar waters. But again, voters should look at which interests fund whom and what they expect in return.
Boyes Hot Springs