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Rex Bohn walks the walk, even if we condemn some of his talk. Political differences aside, he’s our county’s hardest working politician, and the 1st District’s best choice.

Rex Bohn knows the 1st District and its communities inside and out. His record as a two-term Humboldt County supervisor and as a board member and past chairman of the Rural County Representatives of California shows him to be a tireless champion for his county’s interests at the regional and state level.

Rex Bohn. (File photo, contributed)

Whether or not we agree with him 100% of the time, all of Humboldt County benefits from Rex Bohn’s experience, depth of knowledge and unmatched hustle. In the coming years, Humboldt County’s going to need all three.

Bohn’s challenger, Cliff Berkowitz, whose politics are more in line with this newspaper’s editorial board, has demonstrated he’s not ready for prime time.We expected from Berkowitz a brief discussion of his opponent’s infamously overheard tamale joke, its bigoted overtones, and the incumbent’s inadequate first apologies — all of which we’ve previously discussed at length on this page and condemned.

We did not expect Berkowitz to cap his brief discussion with a Richard Pryor impersonation in a clumsy attempt to illustrate the egregiousness of his opponent’s offense.

In doing so, Berkowitz might not have expected a racial epithet to come out of his own mouth, either, as it was hurriedly followed by a request not to quote him.

“Off the record,” as we afterward explained as a gift to Mr. Berkowitz, is a mutually agreed condition between reporter and source. What we left unsaid at the time, out of shock, was that “off the record” is not the equivalent of a broadcast delay — and that casually dropping a racial epithet during an endorsement interview does not signal vast readiness for public office.

The Times-Standard endorses Rex Bohn.

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