Friday, November 9, 2007

Quit the mud-slinging. Please.

Tell us the truth, now: Which headline in the Herald troubled you the most this week:

"$4 per gallon in our future?'' or "It's a runoff''

Local gas prices are scary, for sure, but waiting until Nov. 27 to find out who'll be Bradenton's mayor is a tough one to swallow. Don't you wish they could Get 'R Done sooner?

We heard Friday that the incumbent, Wayne Poston, has promised to run a clean campaign the rest of the way, and let's hope that's the case for both him and former mayor Bill Evers — who said he'll respond to Poston's pledge in his own good time.

These guys just don't like each other. We've known that for a long time, since well before they ran against each other the first time in 1999 (another runoff), and neither guy did a very good job of staying above the mud-slinging that characterized this contest.

Our city faces some major challenges and we'd love to hear some positive dialogue framed in the form of concrete proposals from both men before we head back to the polls to decide this thing once again.

How about it, gentlemen?

Jim

2 comments:

Roblimo said...

Well, Bill Evers has some highly negative things to say about the Bradenton Herald, which may or may not qualify as mudslinging. His Herald comments come about two-thirds of the way through this video, Bradenton “third man” mayoral candidate endorses ex-mayor.

Anonymous said...

IT IS A KNOWN FACT THAT POSTON AND GOLDEN THOUGHT THEY HAD A CLEAN SWEEP TO VICTORY, BUT IT WAS NOT THE CASE. I HOPE PEOPLE THINK ABOUT IT REALLY HARD BEFORE THEY HEAD BACK TO THE POLLS. WE CAN CLEARLY SEE THAT POSTON, NOT ONLY DISLIKE EVERS BUT HE CALLED HARLOD A SON OF A B.... IN THE HEARLD TRIBUNE THE DAY AFTER THE ELECTION. I SAY IF WE ARE LOOKING FOR A CHANGE THEN LETS MAKE A COMPLETE CHANGE. NOT ONLY IN POLITICS BUT IN OUR POLITICAL LEADERS AS WELL. WHAT CAN IT HURT. WE FEEL THAT OUR MAYOR HAS NOT DONE ENOUGH OR DONE WHAT HE SHOULD HAVE DONE OR IT WOULD NOT BE A RUN OFF. WHY NOT MAKE A CHANGE. OUR CITY COUNCILMAN WILL NEED SOMEONE TO BACK HIM NOT STUMP HIM.POSTON STATED THAT HE LOST HIS FRIEND, NEVER DID HE SAY A GOOD COWORKER AND I THINK,THAT ALONE WILL KEEP OUR MAYOR(POSTON) FROM STAYING FOCUS AND MAKING GOOD JUDGEMENTS.DON'T GET ME WRONG I KNOW EVERS HAD HIS SHARE OF PROBLEMS WHEN HE WAS IN THE CHAIR, BUT I THINK BEING OUT OF OFFICE FOR A WHILE IS LIKE PUTTING A CHILD IN TIME OUT. IT GIVES THEM TIME TO REFLECT ON THERE MISTAKE AND REALIZE THEY NEED TO DO BETTER. GOLDEN IS IN TIME OUT AND BELIEVE ME HE WILL NEVER LOOK DOWN ON HIS FELLOW CITIZEN AGAIN NOR HIS COMMUNITY. I ASK THAT WE LOOK AT THE WHOLE PICTURE BEFORE WE VOTE AGAIN. IF THERE IS ANY DOUBT ABOUT OUR CITY FUTURE PROGRESS WE MUST NOT ELECT THAT DOUBT. SINCERLY,
CONCERED CITIZEN