A resident writes with his concerns about what he sees as shenanigans in an election year and the politics of winning in The Numbers.
Once again our corridor is seeing unions, political parties and other special political interests produce negative campaign commentary against another candidate. In past discoveries, purpose for such negatives was more than efforts to improve a failing campaign by their preferred candidate. The documented purpose of our east bay machine politics was to disgust voters with such commentary with intention of reducing interest by many in voting in our local and regional elections. We saw that effot among the unions, political parties and special political interests that backed Tomi van de Brook’s 2012 campaign and we are seeing it repeated this year. The goal by such groups is to lower the total voting to improve their chances of electing their candidate using their minority support among voters.
Our reality, more likely our mutual hope, is a successful candidate would be elected among a vote by a majority of eligible voters.
What becomes reality for campaigns led by such unions, political parties and special political interests is a one-topic campaign that has little to do with the elected office or is it a primary issue for the majority of voters. Such a campaign relies on negative mailers, commentary and distribution to voters to disqualify an opposing candidate. By staying with one, safe topic for their candidate, they attempt to avoid answering the primary issues of voters.
We have all seen this machine-led campaign before and the tell-tale signs of union, political party and special political interests among endorsements for the one-topic candidate with Tomi van de Brook’s campaign being a recent example. Tomi’s campaign failed and corridor voters gave her opponent a majority of votes to earn election. This time political machine politics is targeting our assembly member election and using the same tactics of endorsement, one-topic campaign, and attack campaigns against popular opponents.
We, the voters, have to look past such political machinery to find the candidate that serves our interests in traffic and transportation, community and regional services, and economic development. We need a majority of eligible voters to independently and intelligently select their candidates so we have a real majority result rather than machine politics.
Consider your ballot carefully,
Harald Paul Arthur Balle