When I received an e-mail and the rss feeds yesterday about McCain's attack ads on Obama, the timing was oddly serendipitous. The very same morning, my husband who is running for State Rep for Michigan's 22nd District learned that one of his opponent's has stooped to the same type of politics-as-usual games, with her own attack ads. Yes, you read that correctly her attack ads.
As a female voter, I am disappointed and disharteaned that the very same opponent who claims to be "the change that Lansing needs" is the only woman candidate in this race. What's worse, is that as currently seated city officals running for the term-limited Hoon-Yung Hopgood's seat, Ms. Brandana has reneged on the civil agreement that she and my husband (Doug Geiss) had to run a clean, issue-oriented race and run for the seat not against one another. I would say this even if my husband weren't her opponent.
It's not change, it's politics as usual.
While Ms. Brandana has an impressive looking list of endorsements and the PACsin her corner, she's not the right person for this position, because she lacks the experience and public record of accomplishing the campaign promises made. Knowing that she is not the right person for the positin, Brandana has resorted to creating an attack ad, posting it on YouTube the day before it was scheduled to air on local cable and trying to influence voter opinon by misleading them. Furthermore, as a woman in politics, by going the rout of using "old boy" tactics is beyond disappointing. It is a downright shame. Earlier today, I discussed the issue of going back on her word because her advisors "made her do it" and it is "what must be done to beat" the opponent who is "leading in the polls." When questioned about reneging on the civil agreement with her colleague, she stated that "they told me I have to do that to win." I wonder where her inner strength and integrety are.
One could say, this is just the ranting of a political wife aiming to defend her husband. But it is much more than that, because I am also looking at the issue through the lenses of a voter and as a woman. As a voter, this scenario tells me that Ms. Brandana has no backbone, no voice of her own, and the inability to tell the people she is paying to do her dirty work, "no, I don't approve of that message." It is resoundingly weak, and not the type of person (or woman politician) that we need in office. As women, we need strong voices, honest voices. We need leadership that truly leads and is not led around easily by PACs and lobbyists. We need leaders who are not afraid to speak about the real issues instead of resorting to rhetoric and sound bytes. As a woman politician, Brandana needed to stand tall in her pumps and deliver a real message that was about the issues, not spend time falsifying information, trying to rewrite history, misleading the voters and insulting their intelligence. Other women in the area with whom I've spoken have shared the sentiment that Brandana could have been a contender and potentially a real agent for change. Instead, she disappoints and misses the larger point of what her running for this seat means.
It's a sad day for women in local politics and a sad day for politics in the 22nd District. It will be an even sadder one if on Tuesday, August 5th Brandana is selected to continue on to November.
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