Charneskie: Debra Irvine’s attacks on Millie Hamner betray a lack of ideas
October 15, 2014
I was shocked and offended at the tone taken by Deb Irvine, Millie Hamner's opponent for state representative, in her ad in the Oct. 11 issue of the Summit Daily. I believe most Summit County residents would share my reaction. Irvine chose to use negative tactics to sway voters in a county where Hamner's history of bipartisan collaboration to solve complex problems is highly valued. Irvine's tactics are overly aggressive, undermining and most importantly show the kind of person we do not want to represent us. She fails to expose her true beliefs to the Summit County voters, perhaps because she knows how offensive they truly are. People deserve to know who she is and what she stands for, but all they hear are her negative criticisms of Hamner.
Reflecting on her Summit Daily advertisement, her debates and her messages throughout the last two of her failed campaigns, I wondered why she would choose negativity and cruelty to try to influence voters. I assume it is because she has no ideas — no path that would ultimately solve our community's problems. On the other hand, Rep. Millie Hamner has proven that she listens and then acts. She puts the needs of our children first, and most importantly she works across party lines at the Capitol, putting partisanship aside for the good of the communities she represents. Your mail-in ballot is on its way. I strongly urge you to vote for Millie Hamner and to encourage Deb Irvine, should you bump into her at City Market, to do a few things: become a global citizen, care about the rights of all people and most importantly stay out of politics.
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