For the most part, I’ve enjoyed the campaign mailers this season. They are mostly informative and upbeat. I always like a family photo.
The most negative one I’ve heard about has come from George Smyrnos’ campaign in one of the judicial races. It made its way to our home this week — addressed to both of us.
The mailer has some inflammatory photos — a man in handcuffs with a banging gavel, juxtaposed with happy children running together, while a law enforcement officer watches over them.
Below the photo is the proverbial scale of justice. “George Smyrnos is the right choice for Judge,” it reads. “He’s on OUR side in the fight against crime in Nevada County.” (And his opponent, Tom Anderson, isn’t? Come on. Tell us what you’ve accomplished, George.)
The other side is more overtly negative, with a chart comparing Smyrnos to Tom Anderson under the heading “Public safety or leniency for criminals? You decide.”
It goes on to make some subjective judgments about “courtroom sentencing philosophy,” “rights of crime victims” and “petty crimes in downtown areas.”
George Smyrnos is a good person. But whoever came up with his campaign strategy should be fired and held accountable. It has been amateurish, petty and negative. George should have nixed it.
And it is one of the main reasons he’s going to lose this judge’s race on June 5. “Next case.”
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