Letters to the Editor

Call off the attack dogs in Island County election

In this election year, the campaign for the position of Island County commissioner for District 1 has become one nasty affair. All of this nastiness and rancor is coming from the supporters of Helen Price Johnson. While Helen projects the image of respectful civility, her attack dogs howl and growl with their smears and lies about Jeff Lauderdale in letters to newspapers like this one and others.

Here are only two examples. “Jeff Lauderdale is the Tea Party candidate.” Fact: the Whidbey Island Tea Party Patriots is nonpartisan. They do not run candidates nor do they endorse candidates. They educate their members on local, state and national issues. The membership includes Democrats, Republicans, conservatives and Libertarians. They study our Constitution and venerate such right wing fanatics as Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Payne.

“Jeff Lauderdale would be just another Kelly Emerson.” Fact: Jeff Lauderdale is an independent thinker that does his own research and acts on his own independent judgment. He is very much his own person and if he should disagree with Kelly Emerson, he would make it known. His integrity would allow him to do no less.

This un-American tactic of using lies and guilt by association is a rather loathsome way to conduct a campaign and I would urge Helen Price Johnson to call off her dogs or at least put a muzzle on them. The main issues in this campaign are these: the qualifications of the candidates, taxes and property rights as well as some others. I can only hope that the usual suspects supporting Helen could tone it down a bit but hope is vain.

Joseph Kleinman


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