Sunday, September 19, 2010
Overheard candidate's comment this weekend...
"We gotta get Brad Clark outta here!" (made with dismissive-thumb gesture.)
You know, within reasonable bounds, people can express themselves pretty much as they see fit in this Canadian society of ours. Of course, you hope that kindness and propriety inform what's said, and that if someone's going to be critical, they balance this with some degree of generosity. Or at the very least, precision.
For me, within a political campaign, I am increasingly dumbfounded by the tack taken by so many non-incumbent candidates, a situation I'll be posting about tomorrow-ish.
The tack involves something akin to the empty, stir-'em-up rhetoric currently being broadcast by the Tea Party in the United States.
It's too bad I wasn't there at this function today, where this comment was not just uttered, but declared. Proudly. Because I'd have wanted some form of expansion, an explanation, for the thought to be expounded upon. I'd want to know precisely why the candidate felt 'We gotta get Brad Clark outta here!' Because I'm a little disappointed that what amounts to in-the-shadows rabble-rousing, cheap gossiping is -seemingly- considered acceptable as behaviour from those people who are attempting to become the leader of an entire community...a position I'd prefer to associate with dignity, grace, and insight.
So here's my challenge to the afore-referenced candidate: How about submitting a post of your own creation addressing just why it is that you feel 'We gotta get Brad Clark outta here!' In detail, tell my readers, the residents of Ward 9 just what it is about Mr. Clark's performance over the past four years that you feel warrants such a statement. After all, I'm sure you must have good reasons for having formed this belief. Your convictions surely transcend 'playing politics'...you must have firm examples of either transgressions he's committed, situations where he's simply let down his constituents, downright failures of effort.
You write it, I'll publish it, and you'll reap the benefits of additional press, increased coverage, and a leg-up in the campaign.
Who knows? Maybe if you're sufficiently eloquent, you may even capture a few readers' imaginations, and find more people jumping onto your bandwagon.
Even if this doesn't turn out to be the case, maybe you'll feel more inclined to change your approach, to inject into your campaign a little bit of decorum, and instead of what you opined to those present this weekend, you'd say something like "I believe Ward 9 deserves better representation than what our incumbent Councillor Clark has provided...and further, I believe that I'm the person to deliver that representation! Here's why..."
Regardless, I'm very much looking forward to hearing back from you.