The mudslinging mania that is the campaign for a Phoenix City Council seat in District 6 (Keogh Parks vs. DiCiccio) has at least two winners. First there is the United States Post Office, whose debt may be slightly reduced by the revenue being generated from all the campaign junk mail arriving in district mailboxes. Second is the city of Phoenix Waste Management Department, Recycling Division, where all of this junk campaign mail should rightfully end up (along with the litter on our street corners known as campaign signs).
The campaigns, and the organizations that support the campaigns, are a reflection of the candidate. All appear to be much too willing to condone the running of a negative campaign. The possibility of perpetrating the “outright lie” always exists, but in my experience, mudslinging almost always carries with it a small iota of truth, that which often is the basis for the charge to exist in the first place. If even a small amount of the mud sticks, or put differently, if there is the slightest truth in the charges being hurled back and forth by these two campaigns and their supporters, then why would I want to cast my vote for either one?
In my estimation, neither candidate deserves the position. Neither the Republican, nor the Democrat (masquerading as an Independent), should serve on the City Council. I’m tired of only getting the choice of the lesser of two evils. So for this election, I am going to write in “none of the above.” I know that will disqualify my vote, so be it. But I will have the satisfaction of knowing that I did not assist in putting another political hack into office. I will then hold out hope for the day when, just maybe, candidates for office will come forth who will no longer conduct themselves and their campaigns as politicians, but as true benefactors for the people.