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Finally, the rhetoric ceases

Posted Wednesday, October 14, 2009, at 10:28 AM

At last, it's over.

The state House election was held Tuesday, which means primarily that you won't be getting bombarded by phone calls from Ty Cobb's campaign, seeing the cartoonish image of "Pat Marsh" in a swimming pool on TV (you know that wasn't actually him...) and wondering if Chris Brown could surprise folks with his numbers.

The lasting memory from this election will probably be the Cobb campaign calls. I found out that voting records were checked for those who vote in most elections -- that includes me -- and likely voters were targeted for calls. Lots of lots of calls. DAILY calls. And questions about who we were voting for (I didn't tell them).

Special note to campaigners: Turn down the pressure. Others I talked to join me in saying "don't call every single day." At least all the campaign callers were friendly.

It was a real lesson in politics watching two men with no political experience being managed, manipulated and swung like puppets while experienced state party leaders did their thing. What would be expected with the House majority so narrow?

We saw and heard little of Cobb and Marsh as themselves. instead, we were fed a steady diet of images through TV ads, newspaper ads, and the overwhelming piles of campaign mail (too much of that, too).

Most of the mailers offered misleading -- that word can't be emphasized enough -- position statements issued by party operatives rather than the candidates themselves. Sarcastically speaking, seeing the truth being stretched so much really makes us feel good about how politicial operatives try to manipulate us through marketing.

And what was with the lack of debates? Were state party officials afraid one of their men might say the wrong thing?

It was interesting to see Channel 4 reporter Cara Kumari reporting on the race Monday night and referring to the "two men" in the race just after a shot showing all three candidates' signs -- and, immediately after her live report, anchor Demetria Kalodimos adding that there was a "third candidate in the race," noting that Brown was a candidate for the Constituition Party and his platform is that he "believes in the Constitution." Uh, yeah...Sounds like Demetria made that up on the spot.

Brown did make sure he was heard, even though based on results few listened to or cared about his message. Does a third party candidate have a chance?

The seat comes open again next year. Just a few more months and the campaigning starts all over again. Let's see who the Democrats come up with to run.

Meanwhile, I think I'll invest in a good set of earplugs...

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For health reasons I was not able to make it to the Polls Tuesday (I'd just been released from 4 days at Heritage). Had I been able to I would have cast my vote in support of Chris Brown.

Ty Cobb lost my vote when he couldn't be bothered to attend debates, yet could make appearances elsewhere. Pat Marsh lost my vote when he voted in democratic primaries, giving up his right to vote in favor of his represented party.

The fact that Chris Brown voiced his intentions at every opportunity he had, including taking time to comment online in these t-g forums with the "common folk," carried a large amount of weight in my eyes. He did not try to buy our vote, but instead tried to sell himself to us.

In my opinion, Brown lost simply because he lacked the financial means to make himself known to the people...Chris who? He voiced his intentions in and through the t-g, but the elderly seldom do things online yet they make up a large number of votes in this county. Brown fought a clean fight.

I for one do not favor candidates who smear their opponents through cheezy commercials...like Pat Marsh floating in space on a pool lounge...what a silly waste of thousands of dollars. Put yourself out among your voters...get out there and shake hands, kiss babies, buy a round of drinks (ok, I'm kidding there)...but you get my point. Show the people you are willing to get down in the middle of it with the rest of us.

I hope all three candidates will learn from this election. To Pat Marsh, good luck and don't let us down...remember who it is you work for. To Ty Cobb, adjust your campaign priorities and better luck next time. To Chris Brown, do not give up... keep working to get your name out there among the voters and make certain that people can put a face to the name.

-- Posted by shawna.jones on Wed, Oct 14, 2009, at 10:31 AM

I agree with with you Shawna, we all should learn something from this election.

No third party or their candidate will ever succeed until we, the voters, stop trying to be on the winning side. I've heard countless times - "but he/she can't win. I'd don't like the other two, but at least they have a chance - so I'll vote the "lesser of the two evils."" That mentality doesn't send a wake-up call to the ruling parties (Dem. and Rep.) I know what they say when they campaign, but I also see what they do when elected - in many cases, worlds of difference. Actions speak louder to me than words.

Even if Mr. Brown had not won, but had come in second a message would have been sent. We are tired of the ruling parties' rhetoric and are looking elsewhere for solutions.

The constant barrage of mailings and calls from the 2-party campaign offices turned me off. I hope to never receive this kind and volume of "junk" mail or calls again.

It was unfortunate that Mr. Brown did not have the financial backing to get his name and views out there to more people.

FYI: When I checked the election results on-line at Channel 5, they said only two candidates ran. They never mentioned Chris Brown, his picture or even tried to explain where 18% of the votes went.

I appreciated that Mr. Brown talked about what changes he felt needed to made to improve our lives and not the shortcomings of his opponents. He talked to us about his plans and he listened to us tell him what we felt we needed.

During this campaign I heard candidates say they will "lead" us. The legislature isn't about leading us, it's about representing us, the people of this district. I hope Mr. Marsh will represent the people he now works for (us - 62nd district) well.

-- Posted by amalphia on Wed, Oct 14, 2009, at 12:09 PM

I'm just glad the barage of all the junk mail and flyers stuck to my door and phone messages on a daily basis is over. Ty Cobb, can we say OVERKILL? I couldn't have voted for him after all that if I wanted to. That really turned me off to him.

-- Posted by justmytwocentsworth on Wed, Oct 14, 2009, at 4:45 PM

Being a supporter of Mr. Brown, I have to say that I believe the wrong person was elected. However Pat Marsh did win and the voters demonstarted their will at the polls. It will now be up to Mr. Marsh to live up to the expectations of those that supported him and to always remember who he works for, unlike the garbage currently serving in Washington on both sides of the isle who only seek to serve themselves.

-- Posted by Tim Lokey on Wed, Oct 14, 2009, at 8:56 PM

I voted for Mr. Brown. I was hoping more people would have done the same. I am very tired of the two party system, and this election was a blatant partisan takeover. Marsh and Cobb were nothing but tools for their party.

I guess the 255 votes that Brown received were mostly from people who post on T-G....so it seems...

-- Posted by espoontoon on Thu, Oct 15, 2009, at 6:56 AM

This election was politics at their worst--unexperienced candidates, manipulation of the facts, too much money spent on media and direct mail and all of those annoying daliy phone calls to our homes.

-- Posted by justwanaknow on Sat, Oct 17, 2009, at 8:49 PM


-- Posted by ipledgeallegiancetotheCSA on Mon, Oct 19, 2009, at 12:03 AM

After working all night on Friday and Saturday night before the Tuesday election, I did NOT appreciate the barrage of calls I received on Sunday. I will NEVER vote for a candidate who has no respect for the quietude and sanctity of my home, and insists on phoning at least four times a day, on a Sunday, no less.

-- Posted by Frank_W on Mon, Oct 19, 2009, at 10:57 AM

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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.