As the November election date nears, I want to address the most important political issue out there: how the candidates campaigned and behaved, their “campaign conduct.”
Campaign fundraising and campaign ads are only two parts of that issue; campaign verbiage (words) expressed on the campaign trail, in interviews and in formal speeches are other parts to it. And they all matter.
The reason this is so important is because the way a man behaves on the campaign trail is the way he will behave behind that important desk we have waiting for him.
Campaign Conduct: As important as campaign promises
As a Georgia voter, I’m directly impacted by the man who will sit at that desk and make decisions. The governor’s race has impacted me the most personally during this election period because the low level it has been pulled down to could be a harbinger of worse things to come…again.
But if I want to vote wisely, I have to listen to this nonsense anyway. So I’ve read newspaper write-ups, watched television campaign ads and heard the three candidates speak on any number of campaign topics. And I’m fit to be tied. I’m also sick and tired of it.
I’ve used my personal time to try and listen to all candidates, so I can make a mature and wise decision when I cast my vote. But I’m having to spend time listening and seeing the most immature, slanderous and truth-twisting behavior I’ve ever seen in politics (excluding the last presidential election, of course).
Campaign Conduct: To continue past Thanksgiving?
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is reporting there is a potential the race for the governor’s seat will go on through November, past Thanksgiving. It would mean a runoff between Republican Nathan Deal and Democrat Roy Barnes if that happens, as Libertarian John Monds is too far behind to catch up to either.
Nathan Deal has gone on record recently as saying this about a runoff, “I don’t think anyone wants another month of this,”AJC reported.
I’ll wholeheartedly second that!
We have three men running for this important top job but we have one who is ruining the experience for all–including the voters.
I expected no less, as I did live in the state of Georgia between 1999 and 2003, when Roy Barnes was in a leadership role then. He had poor taste and bad manners then, and he has them still. You don’t get nicknamed “King Roy” because you play well with others.
Campaign Conduct: Roy Barnes campaign trail bully
Nathan Deal has taken the brunt of Barnes’ below-the-belt campaign ads and speech attacks. John Monds is too far behind to be a threat.
First, there was the attack on Nathan Deal for financially assisting his daughter with his own personal loan proceeds.
Since when can’t a person borrow money for their children?
We learned later that Roy Barnes gave his daughter a house for free–and then proceeded to keep taking the tax deductions for it. You can read about that at “What I think about Roy Barnes paying less tax than he owes.”
Then there was the attack on Nathan Deal for being able to send his children to private schools–as if that is a sin.
From one lawyer to another, Deal should have said, “So sue me.” It isn’t like Roy Barnes didn’t provide for his children with millions made from suing people in Georgia.
Roy Barnes ran ads telling sexual attack victims that Nathan Deal wanted their attackers to go free. That was the worst, in my opinion, especially considering it was Roy Barnes who legally represented a child molester–not his opponent Deal.
I could go on and one, but I think you get the gist: Roy Barnes wants to be governor again bad enough to act like he did the first time he was in office: by pushing people around.
I don’t want a runoff. I don’t want one more month of King Roy attack ads or of Roy Barnes going on radio stations saying that Pres. Obama offered to cuss him, so Georgia voters would be tricked into voting for him. I want Georgians to give Roy Barnes the boot again.
Resources: First Person Point of View, AJC.com, and Associated Content.com