To the editor:
It’s sad to say, but I think that we all become a little desensitized to the barrage of negative ads and hollering between candidates and parties that takes place every election season.
So I’m surprised that this year I’ve found myself especially offended by the barrage of negative robocalls I’ve received against State Representative Vicki Barnett in favor of Bruce Lilley. It’s not the lies that offend me – obviously, there is no truth or merit to the allegations made in these calls. It’s the fact that the Lilley campaign seems to think we’re stupid.
Bruce Lilley’s denial of having anything to do with the calls that can only benefit him— as he’s the only other candidate — is ridiculous and insulting. Lilley has not offered one constructive idea for the future of our community nor has he made any case as to why we should not re-elect Vicki Barnett who has served our community well these last four years. Yet the Lilley campaign and his ultra-conservative supporters believe that by filling up our phone lines with horrible lies about Vicki Barnett that somehow will compel us to vote for a candidate who as far as I can tell, is just a name on a sign.
I applaud Vicki Barnett for the positive campaign she’s running and for her commitment to addressing real, substantive issues. Vicki has personally knocked on my door to ask for my vote, and I told her that anyone who looks at her record will see that she has earned it. Please join me in rejecting negative, misleading campaign tactics on Nov. 6 and support Vicki Barnett for State Representative!
Mark W. Barringer