Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Unhinged

There is definitely a pattern emerging regarding Virginia's junior Senator. It starts with being a racist, but it goes much further. Having to cancel campaign events because of a couple of protestors, unwarranted attacks against a fellow partisan and former neighbor, hints of a criminal past and an abusive relationship with family members. This man isn't just a racist... he's completely losing it. His behavior seems to range from combative to paranoid, with the only middle ground being carefully crafted campaign ads and speeches.

Mike Stark is a local law student, citizen journalist and political activist. He has made a sort of side career out of asking politicians tough questions. He made news in August after grilling Allen on his use of the "n-word." Now, he's approached Allen to ask another tough question, and the results are pretty amazing.

Let's get this straight. By the Allen campaign's own admission, Mr. Stark is someone they knew, they knew his M.O., and they knew he was coming to George Allen's campaign stop today with Elizabeth Dole. Despite Allen's attempt to smear Stark as a crazed protestor, Stark actually waited until the event was over (just as he did in August) and then proceeded to ask Allen his question. He did not interrupt the event, and he was not abusive in any way. For a political opponent, Stark was being pretty damned nice.

So what do Allen's staffers do? Attack him... (video off of that link)

A citizen asks a tough question of his elected Senator and is attacked for it. Is this the kind of representation we deserve? This is merely the terrified outburst of a cowardly man. He has felt the heat of a tough race, he has seen his sordid past catch up with him, and he folded. He has escalated from a mere verbal attack on S.R. Sidarth earlier this year, to having his staffers carry out an attack that he could have stopped at any time. This is not a man who deserves to hold any elected office, much less a seat in the U.S. Senate.

The only things Jim Webb will attack are the tough problems facing our Commonwealth and our Country. Please send him to Washington on November 7th.

1 Comments:

Blogger Waldo Jaquith said...

Let's get this straight. By the Allen campaign's own admission, Mr. Stark is someone they knew, they knew his M.O., and they knew he was coming to George Allen's campaign stop today with Elizabeth Dole.

Great point. The campaign knows Stark. They know he's not some looney. Stark's behavior certainly didn't put him in that category, so that's an excuse that won't fly for two reasons now.

10/31/2006 8:54 PM  

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