I once read in a great book about living a Christian life that a person is like a teabag. When submerged in hot water, the stuff on the inside seeps out, and we get to see what's there.
When I arrived home from work yesterday-- Monday, the day before Primary Day -- there were three glossy campaign mailers in our pile of mail, all of them from the Dunleavy camp. They were mailed to my house because my husband is a lifelong registered Republican.
Two of them were nasty attacks on his two opponents in today's party primary.
One slams Rose Sanders for having a full-time job in the County Clerk's office. Accusing her of double-dipping, it also slams her for having a husband employed by the county. Now even if Rose and her husband have political patronage jobs, I've got to wonder how the Republican camp can suddenly get indignant about that? Doesn't Riverhead GOP chairman Bruce Stuke work at OTB? Doesn't his wife have a county job, too? What's that? Something other than patronage? And that's just the tip of the iceberg. Many Riverhead Republican committeepeople and their family members have government jobs. If there's one thing the Suffolk County Republican political machine has been good at for generations, it's patronage! So talk about the pot calling the kettle black!
The other mailer actually raps Blass and Sanders for cooperating and working together. It includes a color photo of conjoined twins! (Llamas, I think, joined at the hindquarters.) This one also includes a picture of Blass & Sanders with Sen. Clinton, when she came to Wading River to announce her opposition to Broadwater. That photo is captioned: "Birds of a feather???"
Neither one of these attack pieces has a name attached to it, so you don't know who sent it. Now, there's real character for you! There is a return address on both of them: 2906 Pebble Beach Path, Riverhead. And the Bulk Mail permit on both of them is Permit No. 4, Westhampton.
The third piece seems like a more benign, positive piece advocating John Dunleavy for councilman. While it lacks the "2906 Pebble Beach Path" return address, it has the same Bulk Mail permit affixed to it.
The problem with this one is the statement, in bold print: "Without your vote [in the Sept. 13 primary] my name will not appear on the ballot for the General Election in November." That's just not true. Mr. Dunleavy has the Conservative Party line, last I heard. So he's on the ballot this November regardless of what happens today.
Submerged in "hot water" -- a tough primary race --we now know what this candidate has on the inside. Nasty attacks and twisted facts. I'm not a Republican, but if I were, Mr. Dunleavy's mailers yesterday would have made up my mind for me about how to vote. And it wouldn't have been the conclusion Mr. Dunleavy was hoping for.