Yesterday I brought a little joy into someone’s life. An anonymous poster on the Bluegrass Report made the following comment regarding my quote in the Sunday Herald Leader.
"The one thing we have as Democrats is the ability to bring a higher level of honesty and decency to campaigns."
Thanks for a good laugh there, Mr. Long. This gets my nomination for stupid quote of the year so far.
There's nothing honest or decent in the Democrats' campaigns or their political agenda. Just more lies and more pie-in-the-skyh promises.
Posted by: Sunday, February 19, 2006 at 10:52 AM
The anonymous poster either distrusts all things democratic or maybe just all things political, it’s hard to tell when they don’t have the guts to sign their name.
Below is my complete quote from the Herald Leader article:
"If you've got a guy doing that, that's flat wrong and he ought to go," said Ralph Long, a Democratic activist who ran unsuccessfully for the state House in Lexington two years ago. "The one thing we have as Democrats is the ability to bring a higher level of honesty and decency to campaigns. This diminishes our ability to win with the high moral ground."
When I talked to Ryan Alessi about his article last week I promised not to post about it until it appeared in the Sunday paper. I didn’t post yesterday because I was too busy working on the Steve Kay campaign to post anything, but today is a new day.
However, today is a new day.
I told Ryan, when we talked, that I had no personal knowledge of Jonathan Hurst’s activities regarding the Capital H consulting firm. In my run for the House in 2004 the House leadership, Jody Richards, Rocky Adkins and Jonathan Hurst promised me absolutely nothing. And they delivered on that promise. The House Caucus did absolutely nothing to help me in my race.
I considered this a positive because it allowed me divorce myself from the backroom deals that ended up giving us legislators like turn coat James Carr. Carr is one of the candidates Hurst helped recruit and fund.
Regarding the moral high ground:
I have always believed that those in public office should be held to a higher standard and that extends to those individuals actively involved in the political process. I know that both political parties have people involved that will win at any cost but that does not change the standard to which those individuals should be held.
In my campaign I did not once stoop to slinging mud, distorting my opponent’s position or other underhanded tactics. My opponent did not return the favor. Maybe I was naïve or a bit Pollyannaish, but I still think you tell the truth as you believe it and let the voters decide.
So let’s go back to the anonymous posters comment.
My ideas about running clean campaigns and taking the moral high ground a “stupid quote of the year”, well maybe…..
Allow me to give the anonymous poster another stupid quote to consider.
"Where there is a lack of honor in government, the morals of the whole people are poisoned." --- Herbert Hoover