These next 7 to 10 days are the critical campaign time when candidates either seal up their wins or blow their chances. The well timed smears - if any - will make their appearance late this week - in the days that lead up to the mailing of ballots on next Wednesday, October 17. And I am hearing solid rumors of smears in the making. Hopefully the more mature heads in the campaign groups will prevail and we will not see the smears. If they play out then this website will do its best to name the responsible persons. And I have reason to think at least some of the other news media will act the same.
The above was written late Tuesday evening after several phone calls with others as we have tried to narrow down the source of rumors about Dan Pike.
Tis now midnight and the Herald Wednesday issue is online. Sam Taylor has an article on the very issues we have been concerned with. It is a good article.
There is no question for me about the dirty mayoral campaign. Pike's group is not doing negative. Indeed, while I am not part of his campaign, I have not seen one single thing from his campaign that is negative. It is really a sad commentary on our local politics that he and his wife have had to deal with this stuff. I remember a few years ago when Tip Johnson ran for Port Commissioner and some of these same people smeared him over family matters. Funny how the same names come up every election.
Lets hope Sam Taylor's willingness to print up this stuff will serve notice that if the Herald learns the particulars of later smears that it may print those particulars.