One of the few things that almost everyone agrees on is that there’s too much big money in politics. Fortunately, this is more of a problem on the national stage, but every now and then it does rear its ugly head locally. So after running a clean campaign for state representative for four months, you can imagine my chagrin to be the subject of a Super PAC attack ad.
An outside Super PAC, Vermont Conservation Voters, took out a large ad in the Valley Reporter last week in order to influence our local election. Instead of just advocating for two of my competitors, the Super PAC also chose to insult the collective intelligence of our electorate by oversimplifying two very complex bills, and distorting my votes on them to make it sound like I’m all for children handling toxic chemicals and having individuals foot the bill for corporations. Duh. Guess I shouldn’t have been feeding my kids those Dow-brand frozen arsenic fruit pops all those years. Come on, VCV, people are smarter than that!
I make all my legislative votes in the best interests of the people of the Mad River Valley. If I vote against something, you can bet there was some part of the bill that would have a negative effect on us. I don’t debate or argue on social media, so I won’t get into specifics here, but rest assured that I vote – always – for my constituents, not a party.
At first, I was ripping mad. Then I was disappointed. But now I feel honored. Just think, a well-funded Super PAC going after little ol’ me, apparently afraid that a centrist free-thinker like myself could come between the statehouse and their simple-minded, single-issued, extremely hard-to-the-left mission. Surely my competitors must feel insulted that the VCV feels the need to inject their money and hyperbole on their behalf in order to succeed at the polls. Of course, neither has denounced the ad, so maybe I shouldn’t assume.
So thank you, Vermont Conservation Voters. Thank you for showing the importance of people over party. Of local involvement over imported blather. Of the need for an Independent voice to represent all of you in Montpelier.