There seems to be much public sentiment that political campaigning is more negative and unethical than it has ever been. Whether this is true or not is the subject of some debate.
Politicians have long thrown mud at each other and the history of negative campaigning reaches back to the earliest days of this nation. Even today, rumor and gossip feed a press and public hungry for scandalous tales while candidates and their supporters seemingly can't resist the siren's call of attack ads.
That does not make it right. The most laughable negative campaign tactic I have seen is Sid Mathias and his mouthpieces attacking Rep. Carol Sente for allowing her supporters to send out supposedly inaccurate and negative ads about Sid.
Really? All this righteous indignation from the king of negativity and falsehood? The pot calling the kettle black is much more like it.
Mathias, whose ads contained false claims that Sente raised property taxes. Mathias whose ads wrongly portray Carol Sente as a puppet and lackey, using sexist language and misogynistic overtones? Mathias, whose ads falsely demean Carol's genuine accomplishments, character and independence?
Enough. We are not fooled.
Dennis M. Skidmore
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