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Letters: Editorial Board got it wrong

Posted: October 27, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: October 27, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Editor's note: The following letter is a paid candidate endorsement


Does the right hand know what the left hand is doing over there on the Signal Editorial Board?

Their recent article praising Edward Headington’s campaign is quite perplexing.

In this article, they referenced their prior opinion of both Scott Wilk’s and Mr. Headington’s primary platforms as being identical.

After they “assessed the benefits, practicality, and genuineness of the candidates’ responses,” somehow their decision to endorse Mr. Headington was because Mr. Wilk was “focused more on Sacramento relationships than a vision for voters to embrace”.

Just in case you haven’t read your own paper, let me be the first to point out that relationships are what make things happen in Sacramento.

A “vision” will not bring both sides of the political debate together on issues.

Benefits, practicality, and genuineness constitute the Editorial Board’s rubric for candidate endorsing?

If that is the case, they need to get out of the candidate endorsing business.

That type of rhetoric is what put our state in the position it is currently in.

Our community is smart and engaged. Even if we have different opinions or positions, all of us know what qualities are essential in a candidate.

First, a candidate must have a sense of responsibility to the community he or she represents. Responsibility is the guiding force of a candidate’s actions.

Candidates must have good judgment both personally and professionally. Every decision made reflects back on the community served. Passion and conviction are what drives the candidate to fight for what the community needs. These qualities are vital to a candidate’s success.

 Patriotism and love of community is what makes a good candidate committed to the people they serve. Intelligence is crucial in a candidate.

He or she must be knowledgeable about the issues, how to navigate the political system, how to build relationships, even outside the political party, and how to manage money.

Let me remind the Editorial Board that on May 12th of this year, they said “Wilk is better prepared at this point to engage Sacramento on behalf of the voters and citizens in the 38th Assembly District”.

Did they forget what they said?

Last, but certainly not least, are the qualities of honesty and integrity. These qualities are what set good candidates apart from the rest. They are central to the type of person who needs to represent our community. Liberty cannot be created without morality.

I don’t know Mr. Headington personally. I wouldn’t know him if he walked past me.

What I do know is that he sent me an unsolicited email about his campaign. Surprised by this, I called his campaign to inquire about his positions and ask how he acquired my email address.

No one called me back.

The next two emails that came were what politicos call “hit pieces” on Mr. Wilk.

The integrity sirens instantly went off. This is not a candidate our community desires. Other communities might welcome this type of behavior, but not ours.

I have received several emails from Mr. Wilk’s campaign, and they have all exhibited the qualities listed above. Most importantly, honesty and integrity were front and center.

It is an easy choice to make, just unfortunate the Editorial Board chose to ignore it.


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