This is a guest post by G. Glass.
If you ask me, this Romone dirty tricks campaign has the stink of Dave "Jr. Rove" Crossan all over it.
Last month Republican candidate Michael Ramone kicked off his fall campaign for the Eighth Senatorial District with a schoolboy-ish political dirty trick.
Ramone's dirty trick was this: On September 27 Ramone sent out a mass phone message
accusing his opponent's supporters of stealing and damaging his yard signs, and claiming they had physically threatened Ramone supporters (transcript and audio link below).
There's just one problem: IT NEVER HAPPENED.
A quick call to the New Castle County Police the next day confirmed that NO incidents of any kind involving political signs had been reported to them recently.
If Ramone has any information about incidents of theft, property damage, or physical threats to anyone's safety, let's see the police reports.
But there aren't any police reports. Because Ramone made it all up.
Does Ramone think the voters are so stupid they would fall for an immature stunt like that? Did he think nobody would check?
What kind of a mindset does Michael Ramone have, to think this prank was a GOOD IDEA? Is this the sort of thinking we could expect Michael Ramone to bring to Dover?
This is not the thinking of a good neighbor and respectable businessman. This is the thinking of a calculating political operative.
Here is what Ramone said:"Hello. This is Michael Ramone, and I am sorry to have to make this
call. However, over the past week, many of our yard signs have been
vandalized or stolen from your neighborhood. This call is to alert you to
this fact, and to ask that you please NOT retaliate by stealing or
vandalizing my opponent's signs. I am also asking that you not jeopardize
your own safety by trying to stop these occurrences - our signs can be
replaced. ...your personal safety is not worth the risk..."
There is no possible excuse for this slime.
When a politician asks for your vote, you deserve to be asked in a decent, honest and respectful manner. Not with insulting lies and insinuations.
Whatever the political differences, Dave Sokola is a decent person who has always run a clean campaign, and for Ramone to imply otherwise is inexcusable.
After the disrespect and arrogance displayed in Ramone's phone message, I am no longer interested in what he has to say - he's just like all the rest of the Republicans in Congress and Washington. That is unacceptable representation in our neighborhood, or anywhere in Delaware.
Political dirty tricks must not be rewarded with our votes.
Full audio is here: http://www.filelodge.com/files/room45/1282500/ramone.mp3