Gubernatorial candidates slinging mud
It seem our gubernatorial candidates are eager to sling mud during this
While Charles Bishop already took that analogy to an extreme with his
"mudwrestling" television commercial, the Democratic candidate isn’t alone.
Republican candidates Bob Riley and Steve Windom both have tossed more than a
few barbs at each other, with their high-profile squabble earning a rebuke
from the state GOP leadership.
Now, Bishop is back in the ring, so to speak. The sitting Agriculture
Commissioner is running a television ad that mocks a newscast in which a
reporter is speculating if Gov. Don Siegelman will be indicted based on the
results of a joint federal and state investigation of the Siegelman
While we won’t know the results of the investigation for several months –
the Ethics Commission indicated Tuesday it will likely have a decision by
Sept. 1 – Bishop’s ad takes the case to the next level, and comes
dangerously close to some ethical lines.
We suspect Siegelman and Bishop will air their differences, and trade their
barbs, in high-profile style. And, while realize that all’s fair in love and
politics during an election year, we can’t help but be discouraged by the
continuing decline of issue-oriented campaigning.
Taxpayers and voters in Alabama deserve the candidates’ respect, and they
deserve campaigns that provide information and insight into a candidate’s
issues and stands.
Unfortunately, the only insight most of us will draw from the mudslinging
campaigns is the reassurance that we just can’t respect a politician and
hopeful leader who’s more concerned with slinging mud than addresses his
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