WESB News: 04/19/08 - Crosby Man Charged with Assault
A Crosby man has been charged with assault in connection with an alleged incident Friday at the Old Anchor Inn in Hamlin Township.
State police say 21-year-old William Logue got into a verbal argument with Ashley Logue and Franklin Howard of Bradford, then allegedly threatened Howard with a knife. Both victims sustained minor injuries.
Everyone who knows politics assured me it would happen. I thought they might be wrong this time. I thought this race might be different. But I was wrong. Today marked the official beginning of “politics as usual season.”
I spent the afternoon on the phone with reporters seeking comments on two situations. One involved the politics of securing the incumbent’s endorsement. The other was the first seriously negative TV and radio ads.
Here’s why I thought this time might be different. First, I was promised that it was so. These candidates made an open show that they had “a handshake agreement not to go negative.”
Oh well, so much for campaign promises, huh? After all, if a candidate can’t keep his word even through the campaign, how can he be trusted to keep a single campaign promise?
But there’s another reason that I thought this race might be different, a reason that harkens back to the Cold War between the US and the USSR. It’s called “mutually assured destruction” or “MAD” for short. The idea during the Cold War was that neither side would launch a nuclear attack, because doing so would guarantee a response and escalate into all-out nuclear war in which everyone lost.
The same principles apply here. Now that the first wave of negative ads is out, you know what comes next, right? The nuclear response. Charges and countercharges, innuendo and rumor, mudslinging and … well, you know.
I will tell you what I told the reporters. This is the filthy side of politics we all hate. We have built this campaign on personal integrity and putting principle over politics. If voters are as sick to death of politics as usual, as I am, then they have a legitimate option on April 22. They can vote for the one candidate who refused to get in the gutter from day one.
We’ll keep it clean. We’ll deserve to win. That way, people will know that I will serve in exactly the same way we’ve campaigned – with dignity and honor.
I hope you’ll sign up now so that in the closing days of this race, you can take an active part in a campaign you can be proud of.
Pastor Keith Richardson is a candidate for 5th District US Congress.