Well there is no denying this one is over the top. William Kiner, a former State Representative from Enfield, sent out a campaign mailer, accusing his opponent, State Senator John Kissel, of not caring about people's health and saying essentially, that he is in bed with utilities because he works for Northeast Utilities and has accepted donations for the utility industry. The flyer is here:
Not only is it negative, it contains out and out lies. First, how can you criticize a man for having a job? Knowing John personally, I know that he separates his job as Senator from his work at Northeast Utilities. He wouldn't allow anything different. The community as a whole knows the same thing.
Next, the money he refers to is mostly from his co-workers. He has taken limited amounts of money from the company or any utility company for that matter. And in the report he cites (July 2006) there is actually nothing at all.
Most importantly is the issue at hand, his vote. For years, and very much to the knowledge of the Democrats, Kissel has voted against any bill with an unfunded mandate and alas, the bill in question had just that; an unfunded mandate.
Furthermore, both State Representatives from Enfield, Democrat Steven Jarmoc and Democrat Kathy Tallarita, voted the same way Kissel did for the very same reasons. Update: It has been pointed out to me that I was mistaken about Reps. Tallarita & Jarmoc voting the same way as Kissel. I will have to look back again to correct it - thanks fellas!
Now normally we (Republicans) would be outraged at this. Not this time. We might actually need to thank Mr. Kiner (Wow, flashback to when he was my History Teacher) and his cronies for this one. Seems it has created a whirlwind of outrage towards Kiner's campaign from folks in his OWN PARTY who have, in turn, pledged their support to Kissel because of the mailer. If that is the case in his own party, one can only imagine what appearance it has to the average voter.
Now, one can only ask, who's the one playing "dirty politics"?
Disclosure: As I have said on previous posts and as can be seen in my profile, I am an unpaid advisor to the camapaign of State Senator John A Kissel.