If your mailbox looks anything like that of my friends and family, it has been filled with attack ads recently. Friends of my opponent who call themselves the Freedom Club have poured tens of thousands of dollars into your mailbox with an old picture of me from college, trying to assign blame and incite fear. The point of this kind of rhetoric is not to inform anyone. It isn’t to promote an honest and informed discussion about issues. This is just fine for the people putting this stuff out, because they don’t have and are not interested in solutions to the problems we face either.
I want to make a few things clear. I’m not in anyone’s pocket. I’m supported by teachers, workers, firefighters, and nurses. I’m supported by the people who teach our kids, build our roads, save our lives, and keep us safe, and I’m proud of that. Do I agree with everything that everyone who supports me believes? No. Who does? What I do believe in is honesty and transparency.I hope you will demand better of politics for our community and will judge me on the basis of my ideas, my character, and the good work I have done in this community. Don’t let yourself be fooled by these mailings we all have seen that carefully select quotations out of context from Labor or other organizations, usually from the fringe of the political spectrum, frequently presented in a misleading manner, and always omitting my own stated views, which more nearly reflect the views of many in our area who believe in a more common sense, accountable government.
I hope the concrete ideas and solutions you have heard directly from me at your door, on your phone, or in your paper will earn me your vote.