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ELECTIONS: Join us in policing smear campaigns

Letter by Roy Parfitt, Gig Harbor on Aug. 19, 2013 at 5:00 pm with No Comments »
August 20, 2013 2:45 pm

In the weeks leading up to the August 6 election, we, along with most of you, received at least one, if not multiple, campaign flyers in the mail. All of them made an attempt to make the other candidate out to be the bad guy. At times they told us why we should vote for them or about their many virtues. But all of them, to a fault, slammed the other candidate.

Then came the robot calls – pre-recorded messages telling us not why we should vote for them but smearing their opponents. I’m not looking forward to the next two-plus months leading to the Nov. 5 general election but am not going to sit idly by. This is why a group of us have founded the Anti-Smear Campaign Coalition. We will keep track of campaign smears and whoever we determine smeared the most will not receive our votes. it’s that simple.

We are not asking for money to support this long overdue cause, we are simply asking that the mature, intelligent voting population out there commit to the following mission: “If this candidate wants my vote, then tell me why without sinking so deep in the muck they have to resort to slamming their opponent.”

The only condition of membership in our coalition is being sick and tired of esmear campaigning.

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