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Sunday, December 4, 2016
Smashing Sour Grapes
It's no secret that failed 2010 Mayoral candidate Diane Mack was in the tank for one of my opponents in my recent campaign for County Commissioner in District 1. In February, she wrote this piece in the PNJ. During the campaign over the last 11 months, Diane Mack was a consistent facebook "like" to many of my opponent's posts on her campaign page. Who cares, though? I didn't, I just went about my campaign doing what I do---campaigning hard and crushing elections.
Didn't matter what Diane Mack said, thought, or did--- I won the primary and general election by a large margin.
Here's the thing-----It really is not about two of my opponents in this last election being male or female--it is about who the voters select. The voters selected me. I'm sure Diane is distraught about the national elections as well, where her superstar Hillary Clinton was beaten by Donald Trump---despite Barrack Obama campaigning harder for her than any sitting President in American History ever campaigned for his successor....really embarrassing for him....
But back to local politics...
Just today----- along comes this piece of tripe in today's PNJ by Diane Mack.... Where she takes a shot at me by saying "In this year in which we witnessed the defeat of a woman who was the most qualified of four candidates for a vacant Escambia County Commission seat (District 1) the community has been given an uncommon opportunity" Here is what I have to say to Diane about her
meaningless gibberish in today's paper:
Diane Mack: The first sentence to your viewpoint is all wrong.... and also a shot at me and those who supported me in my victory in the recent 16 month campaign for County Commission. That is okay, though, as the voters have spoken loudly in District 1-- I won a victory that was substantial, by nearly a 70%-30% margin (and the highest margin, percentage wise, of any Republican candidate on the ballot this year locally that had a Democratic opponent) I dispatched your candidate in the primary not because your candidate was a woman, but because the voters felt that I was the most qualified candidate and that I was a candidate they knew; I was the most qualified candidate Diane-- a truly objective, detailed, side-by side analysis of my resume, compared to your candidate's resume, would illustrate this to even the most casual observer (e.g. I started and completed my Masters Degree in Public Administration, your candidate didn't finish; I have served a decade as an elected constitutional officer representing District 1, your candidate has not, I live in District 1, your candidate does not, and I could go on but I won't.) Here is the thing, Diane: Your candidate, who is a resident not of district 1-- but of district 2,--also has a residence she shares with her husband in district 4 where she lives part-time. Perhaps you should encourage your candidate to run in district 4 in 2018? Your candidate was defeated in District 2 in 2010, and now she was defeated in District 1 in 2016 (last place in the primary despite your endorsement). Perhaps the third time could be a charm in district 4 in 2018?