I have withstood the temptation to attack my opponent’s campaign tactics in this race, or to even bring up his negative campaigning. After all, negative campaigning is nothing new, and neither side is blameless when the dirt begins to fly.
But hyprocrisy is something different.
I have been in tough campaigns before: my seat is only around 39% Democratic, so the Republican attack machine has come at me with a vengeance in multiple campaigns. And we have prevailed each time.
But I have never before seen a campaign whose rhetoric is so opposite from reality.
Soon after last week’s poll was released that showed us ahead, my opponent responded by sending out yet another vicious attack mailer that distorts my legislative record.
What’s worse, he didn’t send it out from his campaign. Rather, he hid behind a third-party group called “Common Sense,” that he has been raising money into. That way, he can decry shadowy political attacks and deliver them all at the same time. He can pretend that he will keep his hands clean while his group slings mud.
Perhaps most ironic of all is that one of his attack mailers calls me a “typical politician,” when it is my opponent who is running for his third different office in a period of seven months.
The fact that my opponent has jumped from race to race to race looking for a political job may not upset voters. After all, we have come to expect a certain amount of opportunism in politics.
But what voters don’t like is hypocrisy.