This past Monday, early voting for city elections began. That same afternoon we received a postcard in the mail from the mayor in which he endorsed one of the council candidates. He even went so far as to announce that he and his wife would be casting their votes for this candidate, and would “certainly encourage” others to do the same.
I do not know this candidate, nor his opponent, personally. But I found the mayor’s action an appalling abuse of power and an unethical attempt to sway voters. My humble opinion, of course. Frankly, the mayor’s action reeked of cronyism and immediately turned me off to that particular candidate. It made my husband and me wonder how effective the man would be as a council member or whether he would be “in the mayor’s back pocket,” so to speak?
It disturbed me enough to sit and write this blog. With “Big Time” politics presently front and center across the United States, with televised presidential debates and political ads a constant, with John Edwards on trial for misuse of contributions during his political campaign, I’m curious as to what others might think. Is this an over-reaction on my part—or a lapse in judgment by our mayor? Another politican gone awry? Thanks for listening. I’d love to hear from you.