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One Moment, Please... Welcome to Whiner-ville?

Fri, Jun 27th, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

To be quite frank, while I greatly appreciate our Democracy, I loathe elections. It’s not the process itself, or even the outcome. It all relates to how some candidates interact with media. I’ve been dealing with this for over 20 years, so I should be used to it, I guess.

Maybe you’ve heard the expression “there is jealousy among thieves.” Maybe not?

Well, I have, and that phrase rings true when it comes to the election season.

I recently had an interaction with a candidate who was complaining about how he didn’t feel that his camp’s views were fairly represented in our newspaper. And, more directly, he was complaining about something that an opposing contributing writer authored that appeared in our newspaper. He wanted us to create a special rule for his opponent, but not require that same treatment for his own representation. It was quite an odd request that I have never seen before.

I’m not going to go into the details, but instead I will talk around the issue like a politician dressed as a matador in a bullfighting ring facing a 2,200 pound bull while fluffing a small red cape in a taunting fashion.

My response to that is this.

If you want to win an election, don’t dedicate your time and energy toward complaining like a child fighting over how inadequate your slice of the pie is compared to another kid at the same dinner table. Namely, don’t blame me or our newspaper for how you are represented or even how your opponent is represented.

If you want to win an election, build bridges with everyone you can that is involved in the process. Whether it is the media or your voters on a more direct level.

The election of an individual is the ultimate form of marketing a personal brand identity. Essentially, candidates are trying to get people to vote for them based on the values they present to the public, showcasing their views and what they bring to the table for their constituents.

And, if this is any indication of how a candidate acts when they are trying to get elected, I can’t imagine they would act any different if they get elected. We need bridge-builders who can demonstrate tact, diplomacy and collaboration; not whiners.

I’m not going to name names, but I will tell you this. It is not an incumbent.

If you want to win an election, get out there and earn the votes. I’m not a big fan of whiners. Just ask my children.

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