On his Facebook page (even though he says Facebook and Twitter should be shut down), Marvin Scott, the Republican candidate for Congress in the 7th District released this statement.
Thank you to all the phone calls and emails of support. The truth is that when the press starts attacking it means the opposition has something to worry about. I am running a very close competitive race; Mr. Carson you have every reason to worry. You voted for Wall Street Bailouts; I would not. You signed a letter against the only democracy in the Middle East; I would not; I am a fiscal conservative; you are not. Shall we go on? Let's have a public debate and see who is the best candidate for CD 7
So, let me write this open letter to Dr. Scott. For his benefit, I will type it VERY SLOWLY so that he can let it digest.
My name is Jon Easter. My blog, the Indy Democrat Blog, was the first blog to break the story about your campaign manager, Stan Solomon, and his offensive tweets after being tipped off by a friend on Sunday morning.
I went to Solomon's Twitter page and verified for myself that this had happened before I published the blog post which went live at 12:01 a.m. on Monday.
Even though I wrote the blog post, you created this story. When you decide to associate yourself with the kinds of views put forth by Stan Solomon, then you open yourself up for all kinds of criticism.
I respect that you cannot hire big name campaign managers and cannot afford the best campaign staff, but a little research should have told you that Solomon was just not right for you. Some out there in blogland tell a different story about your relationship with Stan Solomon than the one you are telling. You claim that you didn't know Stan's views, but longtime media exec. Kent Sterling says that you knew him for at least 10 years. Regardless, I was in high school when Solomon was on the WIBC airwaves, and I can remember what a polarizing figure he was.
With that in mind, you must see that this controversy is not about some out of control press corps or blogosphere. This story fell in our laps. It's not about how (not) competitive the race is or even about how (not) close the race was in 2006 when someone else who had some sense was running against the late Congresswoman Julia Carson. It's not about how competitive the 2002 race was, either. They weren't competitive at all. That has been debunked on my blog as well.
What it is about is your lack of understanding that no one wants to elect you. No one who has a brain wants you to be the Congressman for the 7th Congressional District. That would be a disaster. Your views, your actions, and your associates are simply not people that I would feel comfortable handing the keys over to to run a Congressional Office.
The true fact of the matter is that this race isn't even close. Congressman Andre Carson has been a tremendously effective Representative for the 7th Congressional District. He represents the district with honor, and he is everywhere throughout the district when he's not in Washington. He works this district hard, and the thing is that he doesn't have to.
Dr. Scott, I don't know you, but I will give you the benefit of the doubt. You must be a fairly smart man if you are a college professor. I don't understand why you can't see that the press doesn't have it out for you. YOU HAVE IT OUT FOR YOURSELF! My blog or Bil Browning's blog or even the person that referred the information to me didn't create this story. YOU DID!
The sad thing is that as many times as you have run for office and have been defeated that you would think you'd be pretty good at this by now. But, you aren't. Just don't play the victim of the media or me or Bil or anyone for this story when YOU DID IT YOURSELF.
I wouldn't wait up too late on November 2. The race should be over about 6:00 p.m.
Thanks for your time,
Jon E. Easter