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Monday, January 29, 2007

Politics of Charatcter assassination is it Destroying Government in the Lehigh Valley and across the state

The last month or so I've been personally trying, to recruit people, to run for local office i.e. supervisor, commissioner, and Council people, as Democrats. What I found after a month, of very frustrating discussions is people aren't running ,because they don't want, to put up with the abuse, or give up their personal time and wealth to for something they don't feel will change anything.

These are the common everyday folks that use to make up local government, that use to serve because they wanted to improve their community. These people have decided it's not worth their time, the personal attacks bordering on slander , and the lasting damage these attacks cause, to run. When they can be working or having family time. The simple fact is most of the personal attacks are aren't even based in fact but once they are out there they might as well be.

Why is this a problem well eventually no one willing to run for these positions, and we are starting to see this in places like Slatington boro where they can't even keep a full boro council. This is just the starting a number of counties in Pennsylvania have numerous boros councils,twp supervisor, and even Mayor's seat that have stayed open for at least one or more terms.

This is by no means it's not simply the democrats that can't field candidates it's also the republicans and the third parties. Pennsylvania really needs a strict truth in politics law, a law that false accusation in politics are slander and immediate action need to be forced when such falsehoods are leveled. Such as removal from the ballot or massive fines.

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  • You hit that nail on the head. You should also mention how brutal the nastiness is on surrounding family wembers. It's not pleasant seeing someone you love get diced up that way.- C.C.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:05 AM  

  • That's why I don't run for office.

    By Blogger Gort, at 2:47 AM  

  • I can attest to dirtball tactics, My spouse suffered, we need restrictions but we will never get them. I say if your opponent lies about you, you get to challenge them personally to a fight. No Firearms, no knives, how about aluminum bats? Works for me! C'mere Doug!

    By Blogger Chris Casey, at 2:54 PM  

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