Tuesday, October 21, 2008

John Clatworthy's Negative Campaign

After years of working in the trenches in politics, I suppose I should have lost any lingering idealism from my starry-eyed youth. Still, I can't help lament the time when politics in Delaware was conducted with just a bit more class.
I don't think I'm too sensitive when it comes to rugged campaigning. But while I'm well versed in the none-too-gentle art of city politics, I don't remember learning that you can just make stuff up.
In the campaign for the 4th Senate district, Republican John Clatworthy seems comfortable doing just that in a campaign piece about his opponent, Democrat Mike Katz:
We already know that Katz wants to increase spending on virtually every government program...
Do we now? When asked how, the News Journal reports that Clatworthy offered a less than compelling defense:
Clatworthy said Katz had completed a survey and indicated he wanted to increase spending in several segments of government including education.
So when challenged on the truth of his campaign lit, "virtually every" became "several."
It's not just that Clatworthy's campaign (displayed here at DelawareLiberal) is so negative; it's also tacky. It has all the hallmarks of coming from an out of state consultant.
Of course, this is pretty tame stuff compared to the sewage coming out of the McCain/Palin campaign. I just hope this kind of crap doesn't take hold here in Delaware.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I see a trend....

"we've got to cut taxes...."

John Clatworthy......loser
Bill Lee.............loser
Charlie Copeland.....loser

(by loser I mean poll data, not the personal connotation).

In contrast, I do not see it here.

Mike Castle...........______
Vince Lofink..........______
Dick Cathcart.........______
Tyler Nixon...........______

Interesting, is it not? It appears that if you want to get elected, you keep your mouth shut about taxes and focus on other issues.

12:34 AM, October 22, 2008  
Blogger Tom Noyes said...

As hard as it may be to understand, voters want their legislators to actually govern and not just repeat the same old stuff from Reagan's 1980 campaign.

In practical terms, Mike Castle will be fine. I don't know how Lofink and Cathcart are doing. Tyler Nixon is going to get clobbered by Gerald Brady.

7:00 AM, October 22, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Care to comment on this?

6:42 PM, February 19, 2009  

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