"The Democrats are just handing this election to the Republicans." Dennis Richmond tells columnist Bill Mann. "Rev. Jeremiah Wright wounded him [Obama] greatly. I'm terrified of a McCain-Clinton campaign. Both are consummate politiciann."
Richmond told Mann he didn't like ABC anchor Charlie Gibson's handling of last week's Democratic debate: "He's a field reporter, not an anchor. He only got the ABC anchor job when that guy [Bob Woodruff] was shot in the head."
Richmond, who is retiring next months after 40 years behind the Channel 2 anchor desk, said he has tried to keep his personal opinions off the air. But he adds, "The whole process is starting to disgust me ... No one is talking about the issues."
Mann notes that Richmond's successor, Frank Somerville, has paid his dues over the years. Mann writes, "When he was working in the low-paying news department up at Channel 50 in Santa Rosa, Berkeley High grad Somerville once told me, he and his wife lived in a camper on his sister-in-law's lawn in Santa Rosa."