Since 2002 when Enfield was added to the 2nd Congressional District because of redistricting all I have heard in my overly Democrat town (from Democrats) is what a dirty campaigner Rob Simmons is. I have always maintained that this couldn't be further from the truth. I still do. Simmons soundly defeated former State Rep Joe Courtney of Vernon that year. The same Joe Courtney that was very involved in Sam Gejdenson's campaign 2 years earlier when Rob defeated the 20 year incumbent.
I don't think anyone can forget that campaign. That was the one where Sam's campaign used every page of the dirty campaign book and went so far as to refer to Rob in an ad as a war criminal after having proudly served his country in Vietnam. Now I fully admit that tension has been high in these campaigns but I also know that Rob has never been the first to attack. And you can't blame a guy for defending himself and that is all he has done in past years.
So this year we have a rematch of 2002 with Courtney challenging Simmons again. Well the first television ads from both sides are out. What will we see? What will they say? Who will go negative first?
Here is Simmons' Commercial
It is a good issues oriented commercial that talks about the Congressman's record. No mention of his opponent in it at all. Nice and Clean.
And this is Courtney's Commercial
WOW! Well I guess the negative question is answered now, isn't it? C'mon Joe, say it ain't so...are you really going to revert back to these nasty tactics? Why can't you run a commercial telling us why you think that you are the better candidate or what you believe in like you opponent has done? Is it necessary to run filthy, dirty disgusting attack ads to win? And is it worth it to do so? I had hoped you would have learned last time but I guess not.
And Kudos to Congressman Simmons for taking the highroad and sticking to the issues. The people of the 2nd Congressional District deserve it.
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