Alyson Huber is an attorney, and frankly, she doesn’t care who knows it. Not even constituents of the 10th Assembly District, a somewhat conservative swath of the Central Valley and Sierra foothills where Huber is running as the Democratic candidate.
Huber’s press releases and even one of her television ads note that she is a Democrat and an attorney (our emphasis — and her opponent's).
The price of being a dreaded lawyer on the campaign trail, after the jump.
Whatever your political persuasion it’s nice to see a politician, particularly in a swing district, not only not running away from her Bar status but touting it. Maybe it’s because it’s emblematic of her rags-to-riches life story. And it’s not like she’s a Wall Street broker or a mortgage lender or even a member of the liberal media elite. Huber is an associate at San Francisco’s Bartko, Zankel, Tarrant & Miller, although she lives in the Sacramento suburb of El Dorado Hills.
Her opponent, former San Joaquin County Supervisor Jack Sieglock, has tried to paint Huber as a “San Francisco trial lawyer.” Huber has hit back, raising questions about Sieglock’s consulting work for a trash hauler. (Insert your own joke about garbage and lawyers here.)
The race has drawn a lot of big-dollar interest because Democrats see a chance to turn this currently GOP-held seat blue on Nov. 4.
On a side note, political junkies should check out this map of the 10th assembly district (.pdf), a testament to the hard work and ingenuity that go into gerrymandering legislative districts. Huber told a Sacramento weekly that it looks “like an elephant balancing on a ball,” and if you squint hard enough — or drink enough — you can see what she’s saying.
— Cheryl Miller