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Will unresponsive candidates make unresponsive electors?
web posted August 27, 2007
OPINION – The deadline for providing the answers to the survey sent to the Republican candidates for the District 25 Senate race has passed. The candidates that did not return the survey were contacted and some “promised” to return the survey this past week. Of the six candidates, only three responded in time, the others either did not return calls, emails, nor fulfilled their “promise” to do so.
We understand that during a campaign candidates are flooded with surveys from various lobbyists, groups, and media. This is one reason EdgefieldDaily.com sent our survey out so early and included the deadline date. Three candidates, Shane Massey, Chris Corley, and Jack Montgomery, were the only ones that returned the survey. Obviously they cared enough to answer Edgefield County voters questions via the county’s most widely read local news media, EdgefieldDaily.com.
We can only assume the other candidates either do not consider EdgefieldDaily.com worthy of their time or they feel reaching over 25,000 people is not important to their campaign. Perhaps they are writing off Edgefield County and are concentrating on the areas they intend to serve if elected.
Susan Swanson of Aiken County seems to be concentrating on her own back yard to carry her into the run-off. On the other hand, Bill Hixon of Merriwether seems to be taking Edgefield County for granted and is putting his efforts towards courting voters mainly in Aiken County. Mr. Hixon may want to take note of his Democrat friend, former Sen. Moore, doing the same in his race for governor – resulting in not being able to carry his own district in the election.
Ignore the voters and they will ignore you in the voting booth. Some might want to get a map and learn the whereabouts of Saluda and McCormick Counties.
Then there is the former challenger to Sen. Moore in 2004, Berni Hamby of McCormick. Hamby was chosen to run after present candidate Susan Swanson dropped out of the race at the last minute, leaving the GOP scrambling to find a candidate. Hamby lost in the November election by a wide margin. Hamby has been held to scrutiny lately for using the signs purchased in the ’04 race for the special election.
The Corley campaign has reportedly complained that the signs carry an endorsement of the Republican Party since the signs say they are paid for by the Party. Corley has a point. Unless the GOP is willing to step up and provide the same number of signs to the other campaigns Hamby needs to curtail their use.
EdgefieldDaily.com is not endorsing any candidate for office; however, we do feel that by not participating in the candidate survey, three of the candidates must have little concern for the readers of Edgefield County’s most widely read local publication. After all, readers asked a majority of the questions submitted - unlike other media outlets that ask "cookie cutter" questions.
We hope our readers will take that into consideration when it comes time to cast their votes in the coming weeks. We feel the candidates themselves, in our minds, have narrowed the field from six candidates to three. If a candidate running for office will not respond to questions before an election, how eager will they be to respond once elected and no longer need your vote?
The results of the candidate survey may be found here.
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