Friday, October 22, 2010

Anonymous Attacks, Dirty Tricks, and Empty Threats

As the last days of this election cycle pass by, agonizingly slowly, you can't watch TV or listen to the radio without hearing an attack ad. You can't go to your mailbox without getting a piece of nasty hate mail about this or that politician. You probably can't even answer your phone.

The worst part, in my mind, about most of these ads is that they don't come from anyone. The mail is anonymous. The ad is paid for by some shadowy group or another. You can usually assume the nasty stuff is from "the other guy" since most elections are two-way races.

But some aren't.

If you get nasty mail about anyone in the 32nd District, I can promise you I didn't send it. Even if I did, I'd have the guts to put my name on it. I've even gotten nasty letters addressed to me personally. I don't know what they hoped to accomplish, but anonymous mail from a coward does not intimidate me.

To be perfectly frank, I can't afford to send out a new piece of mail every week telling you what a scumbag my opponent(s) are. I have better things to do than to send nasty-grams to my opponents. The only mail I'm sending out is a single post card to as many people as I could on a 5000 piece run. It's just the front of my flyer, shown above. I can only hope enough people look at it, come to the website, and like what they see.

It's also easy to spread lies about the other guy. Most of what you read or see in the media about the 32nd District race is true. Most of the stories, if they do mention the 32nd District, manage to forget I'm in the election, but other than that, they're true. Some of what gets posted on the websites and Facebook pages of the candidates, on the other hand...not so much. I don't think I've said anything controversial, but I know for a fact that at least one of my opponents has posted an outright lie on their Facebook page. If you say, during a political campaign, that a candidate has acknowledged they're going to lose, that candidate's supporters may not bother to participate in the election. Let me state, unequivocally, again, I have NOT acknowledged anything about the final result of this election. The election isn't over until November 2nd. No polls are being conducted. It is IMPOSSIBLE to know what the result will be.

In addition to the anonymous attacks and dirty tricks, I have also been threatened with criminal charges for telling people I was running. Those of you who have been following my campaign from the beginning no doubt remember this video:

Obviously, the threat was ridiculous, and was supposed to intimidate me into backing off.

I'm sick of this stuff. It's the reason I couldn't associate myself with the "official" Republican or Democratic parties and insisted on running as a Libertarian. Sure, I filed in the primaries, but I did that to go AROUND the "official" party and appeal directly to the voters of the 32nd District.

If you're sick of nasty, dishonest, disgusting political ploys, for me on November 2nd and send the incumbent parties a message that nonsense like this doesn't work, and doesn't appeal to the voters of the 32nd District. I think you deserve better, and I hope you'll vote for it.


  1. My husband talk to you today in Lakeland Trlr park. We looked @ your website. We will vote for you! Ur NOT like all the other idiots. We hope you the best!

  2. Thank you, Jessica. I really appreciate that. You have no idea how much it encourages me to see comments like yours. Please tell your friends and neighbors! I am happy to speak with anyone about anything at pretty much any time. Thanks again!