Monday, November 5, 2012

Fight Negativity In Campaigns

Letter to Editor, Star-Advertiser
by Governor Neil Abercrombie
Democratic Party of Hawaii.

There is a old proposition in politics: When you can't win on the issues, attack the individual.

Political Action Committees have a legitimate role to play in politics. That role can take a negative turn, even to the point of attacking the integrity of a candidate. This election season in Hawaii is but the latest example of this trend.

But now the Democratic Party is being drawn into the election picture. As Democrats, we do not need nor have any association with these attack tactics. We have not sought any one's assistance and no other group speaks for us. We reject these actions as an insult to Democrats and Republicans alike.

This issue isn't one of the defending any candidate. It is the future of political discourse in Hawaii that is at stake. These negative attacks are not meant to motivate voters to learn about the issues or make informed decisions on candidates. These tactics are not part of a political process worthy of democracy in Hawaii.

As Democrats we  encourage voters to fight back against negative campaigning by focusing on the issues; on the leadership potential of the candidates and by making your voice heard with your vote.  *  *  *  *

Pub's Side Note: The Governor was becoming aware that other democrats were getting tainted by Caldwell's lying mudslinging tactics and PRP. Even Dan Inouye was getting mud on him, "You remember when he was such a great guy?"