Locally, the mid-terms have been rather lackluster. A lower than normal primary voting total kicking off the election season. Strange was two pieces of campaign literature received days before the election. One for Democrat clerk and another for Republican recorder.
Both Democrat and Republican mainstream parties refused to participate in League of Women Voters’ guide or candidate forums. A handful of Democrats not supported by local headquarters and school board candidates completed the voter’s guide.
The Democrat Party claimed the LWV favored Team Democrats and I have no idea what the Republicans thought. A guest column from LWV noted candidates didn’t want their answers in writing. Well, o.k.
LWV may have gotten in too deep with their campaign for the $43 million tax increase for Muncie Community Schools in 2013. Still, it seems strange the Democrat Headquarters, holding a press conference in support of the referendum taxation, joined hands with LWV. Politics is fickle and one day they support and the next day they don’t.
Many of the seats are uncontested. Fewer voters and fewer candidates willing to enter into what can only be considered one step away from Hell.
At one time, enjoyed the campaign season. Open houses, food, meeting people, campaigning, parties. Excitement of watching the political process in action. Except for party faithfuls, it seems voters are becoming more and more disenfranchised. Mentioned earlier low voter turn-out, lack of campaign signs and Sunday which is traditionally packed full of letters to the editor supporting candidates, just two or three were printed.
Surprising is Democrat Headquarters supporting a Republican. One of the financial supporters is ex-Democrat commissioner, Todd Donati, ousted after four years. He served with candidate and current commissioner, Larry Bledsoe. Often times the two clashed about such things as nepotism, depleted accounts and economic development. Hearing a small variety of reasons why the support has shifted, basically Bledsoe has been in office for two terms and the state of county finances.
Personally, I find the arguments disingenuous simply because the same train of thought is not applied to other Democrat candidates. Two of which have over eight years in office and do control the general budget and spending. If there is so much concern for county finances, one has to ask why for six years it has been ignored, excused and well, kicking the can down the road type management Oh, yes, it’s an election year.
Ah, yes, Bledsoe is being blamed for the financial problems. From the years 2006, 2007 and 2008, the county, although not wealthy, made a few good cost saving changes and entered the new years with an operating balance. On January 1-1-09, Todd Donati was sworn in and soon voted in as president. By the end of ’09, the county was so broke, borrowing $10.5 million to keep from breaking Indiana law.
In my opinion, the real issue of Democrats supporting a Republican is retribution for not following party dictates. It’s a common event. In ’08, Democrats recruited a fake candidate to be on the primary ballot to oust popular commissioner John H. Brooke. Waging a campaign against two candidates running for judge seats, Cannon & Wolf, did everything possible to keep them from winning. It failed. Shortly after the judges were worn in, Democrat Headquarters approached the judges offering an olive branch. All that was required, judges to pay their party assessments and they would be welcomed back into the fold.
Judges said no.
It didn’t end there. The County Council (mainstream Democrats) waged a war against the judicial branch with lawsuit ensuing. Most everyone believed it was politics and retribution in all her glory.
I wouldn’t consider myself a disenfranchised voter. Let’s just say, sick of the local political scene. It’s disgusting to me
A word in closing. I have been a strong conservative for decades, it is not a political party that makes one conservative. You believe in taking personal responsibility, fiscal responsibility, you seek out those with strong moral character and you avoid those which don’t exhibit, let alone hide their lack. When the party you most align yourself begins to practice the latter you move on before you find your spirit dulled and your beliefs marred.