Alameda County Supervisor Nadia Lockyer announced today that she has entered a rehabilitation facility for treatment of a chemical and alcohol dependency addiction. The news follows a bizarre incident at a Newark motel February 3, reported by the San Francisco Chronicle, in which Lockyer was allegedly assaulted by an ex-boyfriend. “The facts of the story are generally true,” said Lockyer, who is married to state Treasurer Bill Lockyer. In the article, published last weekend, Bill Lockyer insinuated that his wife had a drinking problem.
Rumors of some sort of addiction have been rampant in the corridors of county politics for months. Lockyer’s physical appearance had become a noticeable cause for concern. While appearing at a city council meeting in Hayward last month she appeared frail and gaunt with deep-set eyes and cheekbones showing greater prominence due to weight loss.
“I understand that the public and the press have an interest in the health of their elected officials,” she said. “That is why I am publicly disclosing today my medical condition and that I am seeking treatment. I will continue to do all I can to heal from the assault as well as to understand and conquer this disease so that I may be healthier and stronger for my family and my work.”
Lockyer’s quick rise to the top of Alameda County politics was hastened by the campaign dollars and political power of her husband. Critics of Lockyer’s campaign for supervisor in 2010 said she was an outsider with little experience within the county. Lockyer’s campaign was nearly fully funded by Bill Lockyer’s re-election treasury to the tune of almost $2 million. The expenditure for a supervisorial race was unprecedented in county electoral history. With nearly two-thirds of the vote in November 2010, she easily won the District 2 seat representing Hayward, Newark, Union City, and Fremont.
Lockyer's her first year on the Alameda County Board of Supervisors also had been lackluster as she tried to navigate a board stocked with hard-hitting and experienced politicos who expressed little interest in mentoring their newest member. She often read public statements aloud during board meetings while rarely questioning county staff for much more than a brief clarification.