By: Steve Trubilla
Politics, when you hear the word, what do you think of?
It brings to mind many things.
On the candidate level, it opens the question of who is the best qualified. Which person is most capable of performing the duties of the office?
The first test for me is that of integrity.
I believe this is the most important leadership trait. Without this, a person cannot be trusted.
The operative word is trust. Those that lie, steal, or bully to get what they want will carry this conduct into office if they are elected.
People who associate and align themselves with others of high standard and honor can be perceived to be of the same vein.
Conversely those that do not can be assumed to lack these qualities.
There are some very troubling things playing out with our current primary election.
At the core of it you will find corruption, racism, and manipulation that undermine the very intent of the electoral process.
Examples of what I am talking about include political operatives standing up in county political meetings and other places bad mouthing candidates. These people are actively advocating for one primary candidate over another in their own party.
Some of them read this column. I have one word for you – Boo! You have been exposed.
If it were not for it being so serious, it would be laughable. They are convoluting their own party’s effort.
Both parties have protocols to remain neutral during primary races, and for good reason.
I can categorically tell you in three races this is not happening. They are the district attorney, sheriff, and clerk of courts races. All are Democratic primaries.
There is a clear effort being made to damage certain candidates and favor others. It is a bold and open violation of ethics and the state Democratic Party policy.
The reason appears to be some “good old boy and girl” party types are beside themselves because “Democrat” candidates attended a meeting of “We the People.”
The “We the People” organization is a group of citizens from “all” parties that advocate for responsible government.
It appears the sin these candidates committed was when asked to come and share their views and answer questions on issues, they did so.
Out of fear of party reprisal, which has now proven to be a valid concern, other candidates declined the invitation, all were invited, and an open invitation remains.
Political talking heads like to label and herd people. They get nasty when those they want to control do not follow along like sheep.
So here is some of what has happened. Those that attended have been labeled as undesirable. It is being said that the “Tea Party” supports them, so they should not be voted for. The people that are doing this are, what I will call, bottom feeders. They practice the very discrimination they pretend to stand against.
I know of no collective endorsement by any “Tea Party” group in Franklin County for any candidate, Republican or Democrat.
I am openly challenging anyone to produce one. This said, if they had, what would the problem with it be? People are fed up with both parties.
Remember who “We the People are.” They are from all parties, ethnicities, both men and women. All opinions and people are welcome at these meetings.
The same cannot be said of political party meetings.
Additionally, I have been told some local clergy may be being recruited and paid by candidates for support.
It is hard to believe such a thing, but if true, how outrageous.
I guess for some, when there is a buck to be made, God plays second fiddle, and the separation of church and state are not all that important.
I have also been told of a candidate that asked to speak to a church group and was told no. The reason given by the person saying no, “I heard you attended a Tea Party meeting.”
Could it be the real reason was that someone was making money?
Remember the incident when one particular candidate stood up in a church and in a very mean-spirited way attacked another candidate? Not on issues, but on a very personal level.
It is hard for me to understand how anyone sitting in those church pews would not see through this person. Certainly there must have been some who were made to feel very uncomfortable.
Maybe it’s just me, but this all sounds very crooked.
The election is drawing very near. Did you know these things were being done? I thought you would like to know.
It is necessary to set the record straight and counter balance the disinformation for some of the candidates. All they did was attend a meeting they were invited to, and then answered questions.
If someone seeking office has knowledge of misconduct by his or her supporters and does not renounce it, then they endorse it.
The old adage of birds of a feather flock together applies.
Think about this when someone is telling you who to vote for.