Letter: 'I'm Disgusted By Negative Campaigning'

"I want to elect candidates who are skilled listeners, interested in collaborating with colleagues no matter what party s/he represents."

To the Editor:

Are you as disgusted as I by negative campaigning? 

Almost everyone I speak with is! Voters want to hear solutions from candidates, not negative comments about opponents.  

I have never registered with a party and am proud that in my long voting history, I have voted for candidates not parties. I do my homework and choose candidates who represent my beliefs.   

In this campaign season, I have been appalled by the negativity demonstrated in the state races. 

I have received 3-4 mailers sharing Representative Kirk Stensrud’s (48A incumbent) accomplishments; the reverse side of one of those included negative information about opponent, Yvonne Selcer. In addition, I have received 4 mailers specifically negatively representing opponent Selcer … All paid for by the “Republican Party of Minnesota.” 

I have no allegiance to ANY party; my allegiance is to candidates. My interest is in candidates’ solutions, not opinions of opponents. The negative approach shines a light on creating problems not solutions. I want to elect candidates who are skilled listeners, interested in collaborating with colleagues no matter what party s/he represents. This is what will generate solutions for the many tough issues we face. 

I urge you to become informed and choose candidates that demonstrate ability to listen, communicate and collaborate. The late Mattie Stephanek, one of my heroes who died at the young age of 13, said it best, “Unity is strength... when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.” 

I urge our elected officials to take heed! 

Irene M. Kelly, Minnetonka

Irene Kelly October 12, 2012 at 02:44 AM
Oh, I can stand the heat! I'm not going anywhere. I find it interesting that apparently you are OK with negative campaigning. I'm all about TRUTH and do not condone negativity from either party. Let me repeat ... I am NOT (and never have been) affiliated with any party. In fact when living in New Jersey, I chose NOT to vote in primaries because I would have had to register with a party. I appall the negativity from either side ... bashing does NOT do it for me. It is incumbent on each of us as voters to be a "fact checker", look at records, attend the forums, talk with the candidates and then decide. Sounds like you may depend on the media to do your fact checking.
Daryl Fryxell October 12, 2012 at 03:20 PM
Irene, you don't have a clue what you are talking about. You falsely claim to be non-partisan and to be offended by all "negative campaigning," yet the only offending party or candidate you blame is Stensrud and the GOP. You are clearly not offended by the lies and fraud being perpetrated by his opponent, Selcer. Very revealing. Thus, the facts show that you are clearly one of those liberals who believes that she is so pure and untainted that party designation is beneath her. Nonsense. I will tell you again that there is nothing wrong with telling the truth about your opponent. If whiners like you choose to assign a "negative" label to it, that really is your problem and not mine.
Irene Kelly October 15, 2012 at 02:01 PM
Interesting learning for me ... prior to having written my original letter, I had literally seen only negative material paid for by the MN Republican Party except for one TV ad anti Chip Cravack ... that one was paid for by AFSME I believe ... I abhor that, as well. Since my original letter, I have seen other negative material put out by the DFL toward the GOP ... that is JUST as disgusting as those i described. Since I penned my original letter, I have seen ONE anti David Hann piece ... i ABHOR that as well. I have no time for any negative campaigning from ANYONE ... I have shared my opinion personally with two of the DFL candidates and will do so with the McKendry folks now that I have reason. Your desire to question MY truthfulness re party alignment is core to the problem ... some folks believe they are the only holder of the truth. It is absolutely false that I am associated with any party; I'm a moderate who is fiscally conservative and socially liberal. In fact, I believe Jenifer Loon is a stellar legislator; were I a resident in 48B, I would be voting for her!
Daryl Fryxell October 15, 2012 at 05:43 PM
Good night, Irene. The party's over.
Jibble October 29, 2012 at 10:05 PM
OK, Irene... Have you tallied who has put more negative stuff in your mailbox? We get both parties lit and it is hands DOWN the DFL. They sum it up: David Haan hates women and wants them to die of cancer and Kirk Stensrud is a special interest stooge who wants employees jobless and CEOs rich (how the hell does THAT work?!?) We just got the one with Kirk in a chef's hat eating CEO spaghetti. You seriously contrast this to the info the GOP mailed? Seriously?!? This **** is childish and it's going to backfire big time. Selcer, McKendry, and their SPECIAL INTERESTS are toast. Say good night, Gracie. And I love the "Republicans support Seltzer" - Arne Carlson? Nice try. He's about as Republican as the editorial staff at Mother Jones.


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