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Candidates must do more to control their parties' negative campaigning

Wednesday, November 6, 2013
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Anyone who runs in a race against a Schenectady Democrat has to have pretty thick skin. Either that or some kind of death wish.

Just as the clocks get turned back after Halloween every year, Schenectady voters can pretty much count on a nasty piece of anti-Republican literature to mysteriously arrive in their mailbox right before Election Day. No one ever seems to know, or be willing to say, just who produced it or how it got there. And this year was no exception, with two of the party’s three candidates for City Council renouncing it in no uncertain terms in Saturday’s Gazette.

That’s better than if they’d remained silent about it, as candidates have done in the past, but the damage was already done, and it’s high time these Democratic candidates did more than just wring their hands after the fact. They need to address this issue beforehand, by flatly telling the people responsible for the lies and innuendo that they won’t tolerate negative campaigning. Moreover, they should insist on the right to see any piece of party-generated literature before it’s disseminated and to veto anything they deem offensive. It may be a slightly unorthodox way for candidates to deal with those who’ve anointed them, but clearly, nothing else seems to have worked in Schenectady.

When a frustrated candidate is told by a party boss, as Councilman Carl Erikson says he was, that a scurrilous attack ad on his behalf “has nothing to do with you,” it’s pretty clear how little regard such a boss has for the candidate. However flattering it may be for a political neophyte to be courted by his party and endorsed as its candidate, he has to be careful not to sell his soul, inadvertently or not, in the process.

 
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November 6, 2013
7:12 p.m.
rpterry says...

The facts in the editorial are correct as is the opinions presented, but singling out the Democrats is not objective. You should now assign a reporter to find the identity of the "Common Sense Party" which sent a mailer two days after the above discussed flyer accusing county Democrats of all sort of corruption and sponsoring a TV ad claiming 47% of the county budget is welfare going down a drain which ran 6 times during the 6 o'clock news the night before the election.
Is Common Sense Party a fake name for the campaign of the 3 Republicans running for the county legislature from Niskayuna/Glenville, or the county committee, or some outside group such as the state Republican Party or who knows the TEA Party?
This would also be useful for the voters to know.

November 7, 2013
6:18 a.m.
Phils2008 says...

rpterry, Democrats have perfected the art of dirty campaigning. Smearing their opponents is what they do best. Democrats have no incentive to stop what they do and in fact are aided by their control of the media. They push a lie out there and the media repeats and repeats and repeats it. Maybe if you're lucky after the election the media will issue a quiet correction. Big deal. Listen to how the Democrats explain Obama's lie about keeping your health care plan. He just misspoke. It wasn't intentional. What a crock of crap. We'll be long gone before your party ever runs an honest, clean and factual campaign, or before more then 5% of the people voting Democrat actually know what the hell they're voting for.

November 7, 2013
8:16 a.m.
reader1 says...

Yeah Phil - just like the rumors that Obama was not born in this country and that is was a Muslim. Both parties do it.

November 7, 2013
8:58 a.m.
gina99 says...

The Schenectady County Democrats can't run a clean campaign with their taxing record. They mailed more libelous attacks on the Republicans Countywide to go with the disgusting City slime pieces. Democratic "leaders" knew about it and looked the other way. Even with the lies the Republicans picked up two and possible three seats on the County Legislature. Resignations should be flying at the County Building today. Maybe a multimillion dollar defamation suit against the lying Schenectady County Democratic Committee will finally you up? This is not over.

November 7, 2013
1:20 p.m.
gina99 says...

Hey Carl Erickson the Democratic machine lied again COUNTYWIDE. What excuse do you have this time? You didn't know from nothing-right? Honest Schenectady County voters should be filling the County Board Elections switching from Democrat to Republican. This libel is tolerated nowhere else. No wonder Schenectady is a one party Democratic tax hell. Good luck selling your house.

November 7, 2013
7:11 p.m.
Phils2008 says...

Hey reader1, You believe what a known lair says. Good for you. Clinton (both) lied to you and you bought that too. Somehow this clown is more credible then the people that have actually examined his birth certificate. All the anomalies mean nothing to you (The media has covered for him). As long as he says its authentic that's all you need. When a Democrat tells you something you jump to attention. You must actually believe he didn't use the IRS or NSA for his re-election and I'm sure its beyond credulity that he didn't have something on Roberts. It doesn't matter that he aspires to the lefts mantra that "the ends justify the means". Democrats are simply classless and their legion of lemmings clueless.

November 7, 2013
10:50 p.m.
reader1 says...

Phil - I'm embarrassed for you...

November 8, 2013
5:23 a.m.
Phils2008 says...

reader1, not half as much as I"m embarrassed by what you fools are doing to America. I can't imagine all the people who have died for America looking down and being happy for the people they gave their lives for. Our founding fathers gave everything to create this country and you and the rest of the anti-America lemmings are more then willing to turn it into a third would joke.

November 8, 2013
8:20 a.m.
reader1 says...

Just curious, are you a veteran? I'm anti-American? Who knew?

This discussion is getting way off track, bottom line both parties indulge in disingenuous practices in order to win elections.

November 8, 2013
6:03 p.m.
Phils2008 says...

reader1, yes I wore the uniform of the USAF. My family has covered every branch. If saying they both do it allows you to accept your parties lying then I hope you feel good. Just remember your media pals don't allow Republicans to get away with anything and turn into the three blind mice when it comes to the crooked Liberals. So even if they both do it, only one gets away with it. I'll retract the anti-American comment when you explain how your liberal votes have promoted honesty, integrity, morals and fundamental values of Freedom and Liberty that made America great.

November 8, 2013
9:52 p.m.
reader1 says...

You have no idea what my political views are. But, it's no surprise - handing out these delusional scripts you have worked out in that brain of yours seems to be the only way you are able to discuss anything.

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