Okay, I should probably apologize about this post. Not to the people that I'm bound to offend with it--- But to the candidate that I'm backing in the Ninth District Congressional Race, State Senator Steve Cohen. I'd been holding off making this endorsement not out of ambivalence of any kind, but because I want to see a real fight for the seat Harold Ford Jr. will be leaving based on issues.
As it turns out, several of the absolutely feckless candidates that are in contention are annoying me to the point that this piece became necessary.
First, the race baiters. It started with Ron Redwing sending an alarmist email out to his supporters (Both of them) once Cohen entered the race decrying the fact that the Ninth District seat might be out of black hands for the first time in a very long time. No shit, Sherlock. It's called an election. And you can't blame this on thirteen black candidates splitting the vote--- If every black candidate but Ron Redwing drops out, Steve Cohen still wins simply because he's the right man for the job.
Then there's the other race baiter. I had high hopes for Ed Stanton. When I heard about his issues, I was pretty optimistic. He was the first candidate to mention the high infant mortality rate in the city and actually talk about doing something about it. Of course, then he put a race baiting push poll in the field. Democratic campaigns should never look like they're being run by Lee Atwater, particularly when part of the candidate's pitch is that he's a "nice guy". Add in a couple of obnoxious campaign staffers (Tell your canvassers that yelling at the people they're trying to convince to vote for you is never a smart thing to do. And rein in the semiliterate troll that's attacking David Holt on his blog. By the time these assclowns are through, you'll be left with about twelve supporters in this city), and Ed Stanton's true colors have been shown.
Nikki Tinker has finally decided that it's time to address issues. Of course, this comes on the heels of spending six months saying "I'm not prepared to talk about the issues". If you didn't want to talk about the issues, then why in the hell did you even file a petition? When you're running for office in the future (Because you're certainly going to fail this time), it's always a good idea to have something that you want to accomplish. An agenda is a GOOD thing when you're a candidate. When you don't have anything to contribute on the issues, you're simply wasting someone's money with a campaign.
Julian Bolton - No ideological problem with him, but after a whopping six terms on the Shelby County Commission, shouldn't he have some kind of record to run on? His campaign slogan is "Proven Leadership". Sorry, but I would like to see some proof.
The rest of the pack doesn't even stand out enough for me to comment on. This may change in the future, but right now, I see nothing pointing me in their direction or away from them. They're celery--- Their mere presence makes me want to look for something with more substance.
I'm quite enthusiastic about this race--- Let's get it done. Once the dust settles, Steve Cohen will be the Democratic nominee for the Ninth Congressional District. And the people of this city will have a true progressive champion walking the halls of the US Congress on its behalf.