I would have linked to this article sooner, except that there is no on-line version available for linking. Can someone apologize to the Tribune's ad department? Here I am, trying desperately to drive traffic, but there’s only so much I can do without good material. Without material, period. Here's the title:
Fendley, Voyles win council primaries; three district seats will be contested in the fall, by Chris Morris (Tribune).
I'll provide an overview at no extra charge. The Democrat (umm, maybe; see below) Jim Freiberger was unopposed, and the Republican (we’re reasonably sure of it) Dana Fendley defeated newcomer Daniel Short, who quit coming here to the blog quite as often once he aspired to office (just joking, big guy). Dave Matthews must have been enforcing a curfew, or something equally Big Brother-like from the party of freedom and such.
Anyway, here are the two undisputed, classic quotes to emerge from Morris’s article. It's really difficult to determine which is more depressing. I had to type the damn things out, the old-fashioned way:
Dana Fendley: “There are three Freibergers on the ballot, maybe by the time they get down to me they will say ‘how many Freibergers do we need in Floyd County … maybe they will vote for Fendley instead.’”
That’s a cringe-worthy utterance. Don’t Republicans always claim to be the party of ideas, and if so, wouldn’t she want people to vote for her ideas? Surely Freiberger, her fall opponent, has ideas, too?
Ah, not so fast, Publican. He doesn't even have a web site I could find.
Freiberger: “I plan on going door to door in the fall. Even though I am a Democrat, I am more conservative than her so it will be hard for her to try and differentiate that.”
I've known Jim for more than 30 years, and I hope he doesn't take this the wrong way, but Jim: It also makes it awfully hard for us to fathom how and why you’re a Democrat, as opposed to a Republican. If you're more Republican than she is, then why not cut out the middle entity and run GOP? Conversely, if there's something about being a Democrat that matters, could you tell us what it is?
Maybe John Wilcox can tell us. He’s the party chairman, right? That actually means something, right?
Even here, in Floyd County ... right?
BUMP BUMP. Is this thing on?