Campaign Insulting To Intelligence



I have a hunch I am not the only Payson resident who is tired of having my intelligence insulted during this election.

The latest, and one of the greatest, of these insults came in the form of the little yellow sheet titled "Who's buying the election," inserted into the April 25 issue of the Payson Roundup.

First of all, I don't care if Bob Edwards raised $100,000. To imply he's buying votes is simply underhanded. And, according to information provided by Mr. Edwards, this little yellow sheet is (no surprise here) grossly inaccurate.

For one thing, it more than doubles the amount actually raised by Edwards. For another, it says that the Committee for Community Based Growth spent thousands on the Edwards' campaign when it has not spent a dime, according to Edwards, and it would not even be legal for it to do so.

On the other hand, having spent years working in public relations and producing and purchasing advertising for my employer, I can promise you that all the advertising supporting the mayor has cost far more than the modest amount this document claims she has raised and spent.

The other thing in Tuesday's paper that was an insult to my intelligence was the Letter to the Editor written by Barbara Brewer. I never saw a more contrived attempt to imply something while saying absolutely nothing. It was obvious that in his e-mail, Mr. Edwards had said nothing truly offensive (and having since seen the text of that e-mail, I can assure you that he did not).

But the mayor could not let the simple fact that she had received an e-mail from Bob pass without trying to create from it an opportunity to continue the smear campaign against him.

I hope this whole farce blows up in her face and she receives the sound defeat in the election that her entire record in office, not to mention this election, deserves.

Louise Jacobsen, Payson

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