Monday, August 29, 2011
Ballard Camp Forgetting 2007
Greg Ballard's mouthpiece, Kyle Walker attacked Melina Kennedy for negative campaigning in the Mayor's race. Does Mayor Ballard really expect us to believe he has credibility on this? Charges of negative campaigning coming from the guy that had the slogan "Had Enough?" in 2007?
Ballard did nothing but promise unrealistic things and send negative attacks (both coordinated and uncoordinated) towards the former Mayor during that race. Now, we are four years later, and he wants us to forget and instead somehow believe that Kennedy's comparison ads are negative.
Ballard's 2007 campaign was born on third base, but they thought they hit the triple. It was an easy task to whip up the property tax angst and point it at Peterson. As much as he capitalized on that, Ballard also used the COIT increase (which still hasn't been repealed) against Peterson though the money was to go to public safety. The only thing they had to do was GO NEGATIVE.
Thing is, Ballard's not alone on the "Melina is negative" bandwagon, the Marion County GOP is also criticizing Kennedy for a negative campaign when we just came off the 2010 race for Prosecutor in which Mark Massa's negative ads against Terry Curry drew wide criticism from political figures and partisans on both sides of the aisle.
Finally, why is it negative campaigning to point out things that others have said? It's not like Kennedy is calling the Mayor names or saying anything that hasn't been said by others. She's simply pointing out that all the sterling things that Republicans would have you believe about Mayor Ballard's education record are distorted. If it's negative at all, it's very softly negative.
Don't buy Ballard's victim approach. These are similar tactics that he used against Mayor Peterson in 2007, and he and the Marion County GOP know it.