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Candidates Both Decry “Negativity”
by Thomas MacMillan | Oct 15, 2013 7:14 am
Posted to: Campaign 2013
In a new campaign video, mayoral candidate Justin Elicker seeks to “debunk” his rival’s “negativity”—then unleashes an attack of his own, calling Toni Harp an “unengaged spectator in her own campaign.” Harp swung back, saying Elicker has a “glass jaw.”
Elicker delivers his messages in a new six-minute video, posted on YouTube Monday afternoon. He seeks to “set the record straight” on seven allegations leveled against him in a recent Harp campaign poll. Then he criticizes Harp for having her staff and volunteers speak for her in the press.
Click the play arrow to watch the video, entitled “Preparing for the Negative,” to watch his step-by-step rebuttals.
Democrat Harp, a state senator, and independent Elicker, an alderman are facing off in the Nov. 5 general election for mayor.
Asked about Elicker’s video, Harp said Monday that he “needs to grow some thicker skin.” She claimed she’s never gone negative, while Elicker has dished out what he can’t take.
In the video, Elicker quotes seven claims allegedly made in a recent phone poll commissioned by the Harp campaign; Harp campaign manager Jason Bartlett described it as a “benchmark” poll assessing negative perceptions of each candidate. Elicker calls the claims about him in the poll—which deal with fire trucks, food stamps, the education budget, and George W. Bush—are false or misleading. (One of the issues at hand: whether having worked for the state department as a foreign service officer under Bush makes somebody a Bush supporter. Watch closely to see W’s eyes flicker toward Elicker at 3:26.)
For instance, Elicker said the Harp poll claimed that Elicker voted to cut education funding. That’s false, he said. He voted to flat-fund the Board of Ed, not cut it.
“But most importantly, supporting schools doesn’t mean blindly throwing money at them. When asking the Board of Aldermen for approval of an additional $3 million, the superintendent of schools couldn’t tell us what he would use the money for. I demanded accountability, and when the superintendent couldn’t explain how he would use the money, I proposed not approving the increase,” Elicker says in the video.
“Now that we’ve set the record straight, I want to underscore one more thing,” Elicker says near the end of the video. “What’s most disturbing in this poll, more than false accusations about my policy positions and experience, is Toni’s apparent lack of knowledge about the poll and its content.
“This has become a pattern, where people in Toni’s campaign regularly speak for her in the press and present her policy proposals for her. Harp appears to be an unengaged spectator in her own campaign for mayor. That’s not leadership.
“Look, I’m proud of the campaign I’m running because I personally make decisions based on my opinions and my values. Just as I know the details of every poll we put out, I’ll know the details of every policy my administration implements. Taking ownership over your decisions and those of your employees has to be a prerequisite to being mayor.”
Asked to respond to Elicker’s criticism, Harps dismissed it as “silly” and “ridiculous.”
“Obviously I’m involved in my own campaign,” she said. “It’s nonsense for him to say that I’m not engaged in my campaign. It’s nonsense for him to say that I don’t speak for myself.”
Asked about the extent of her knowledge of her campaign’s poll when it came out, Harp said, “I knew that we were doing a benchmark poll. Because I’ve been out in the field, I didn’t know precisely all of the questions that were on the poll.”
“I haven’t really said publicly anything negative about Mr. Elicker,” Harp said. “He’s called me a liar five or six times. Anything he thinks about me or my qualifications he just spins. I’ve taken a lot of negativity in this campaign from various people who support him. I haven’t released anything negative about him. I just asked some questions. He can’t even take a question. He’s got a glass jaw.”
Harp reiterated some of the claims in her poll. On the education claim, she said, Elicker’s flat-funding proposal amounted to a cut. “Whenever you level fund something it’s a cut because cost escalators are built into every budget. His level funding is in fact a cut.”
She repeated the claim that Elicker would remove a fire engine from Morris Cove, despite his statement to the contrary. And she took aim at the Democracy Fund, the city’s public campaign financing program, which Elicker participated in.
Harp said she doesn’t think the Democracy Fund should be done away with. “I don’t have a problem with public financing. I supported the bill. I just didn’t participate this year,” she said. “I just question—if we’re in dire financial straits as a city, why would he use that money that way?”
“He’s very incongruous, and obviously very disturbed by even the thought of somebody saying something negative about him,” Harp said. “He really needs to grow some thicker skin.”
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This kind of behavior reals turns people off to politics. Toni Harp comes off like a schoolyard bully in her rebuttal. Instead of addressing the accusations with poise and reason, her reply is the politician’s version of, “You mad, bro?”
Toni Harp either has to take credit for the content of her campaign or not. Her proclaimed ignorance about the content of this push poll is EXACTLY like her claim that she didn’t know anything about her family’s $1M tax evasion (hogwash). She’s not mayor material; we’re in for a rough ride if she gets in.
This article illustrates so well this critical issue: Sen. Harp always evades, while Justin Elicker addresses. Sen. Harp: keno; specious argument, tax evasion; that was my Husband, poll; I was in the field. Justin Elicker addressed the negatives directly. Meanwhile, Sen. Harp has called him “an Old Boy” yet claims she has not gone negative.
Why the pitchfork and horns for Justin Elicker, NHI??!!
robn, this is what’s hogwash:
“her family’s million dollar tax evasion.”
Here’s a question for you robn—ever bought anything from out of state on craigslist or EBay? Or made a significant purchase while on vacation? Have you, in every such case, kept your receipts and paid your use taxes?
Sure you have. You’re probably just as much a tax “evader” as Wendell Harp’s business.
Harp’s business was audited by the state.
The state claimed that they owed $600,000 [not a million] in use and sales taxes for purchased out of state services.
Harp disputed that claim and went to court to defend his position.
One of the lower courts actually agreed with Harp that he didn’t owe the taxes.
It was ultimately resolved by the Connecticut Supreme Court in favor of the state, years after the original audit.
By that time, Wendell Harp had cancer and was dying. The estate is negotiating a payment plan. for a million bucks. $400,000 more than the original liability. The state will make a huge profit from the case.
It was a dispute over the application of use tax law to businesses’ purchase of out of state goods and services. A legal dispute, a legitimate one in which one lower court sided with Harp. The state Supreme Court doesn’t take cases of simple “tax evasion.”
But it’s much more fun to call Toni and her family tax cheats, isn’t it? Hope the state audits your internet purchases and, for that matter those of everyone who comments here. We’ll see how much tax all the sanctimonious commenters have been “evading.”
Good thing Toni has a thick skin to put up with the crap that gets spewed here. Your candidate should grow one too.
HewNaven - Harp denigrates the Democracy Fund because she wants her moneyed out-of-town interests (including corporations that will be implementing Keno, who indirectly fund her) to have the only voice in politics.
Based on that, among other things, I do not think that Harp is particularly concerned about how her actions turn people off to public life.
Her revolting comments about people with chronic gambling addiction disabilities recently show just how much she cares about residents who aren’t within her moneyed, Bethany-bound class.
“He voted to flat-fund the Board of Ed, not cut it.”
Elicker continues to play word games with the truth. He knows “flat-funding” is in fact a vote to cut education in the face of a budget increase request. That’s the same as saying he is the Democratic candidate—when only 1 Democrat can be on the ballot. Stop your flip flopping Justin, the Independent candidate for Mayor of New Haven.
And stop having your surrogates try to depict your time in the Bush Administration as little more than a Post Office Civil Service clerk position. Everyone knows you don’t get to be an overseas Foreign Service Officer in the Bush-Cheney Administration by simply answering and ad and taking a test. Only Republicans of power and prestige were selected to serve in the Bush Foreign Service Office. Being from New Canaan certainly didn’t hurt your chances at being chosen.
If Toni is such a hard hitter she should insist upon a televised debate the night before the election to address all the wrongs that have been slung at her by the “thin-skinned” “glass jawed” “sophomoric” gentleman who insults her so much.
How close is this race? Because Team Harp is not looking very confident heading into the final weeks.
One clear sign that the tide has shifted is the fact that Harp’s money has dried up, with her campaign actually in debt as of the last filing, despite her big primary win. So suddenly people aren’t rushing to buy into her campaign?
It does need to be pointed out that between them, (Harp, Jason Bartlett, and Gwen Mills), they have very little to lose by polarizing this City in a negative s**t-storm down the stretch. Harp will remain a State Senator, Bartlett doesn’t live here, and the Unions thrive on an us-versus-them atmosphere.
So I guess we should prepare ourselves for a rash of ugliness? Here’s hoping that’s not the case!
Elicker goes into the final stretch with $79K in the bank—roughly the same amount the Democracy Fund donated to his campaign. Therein lies the problem with how the Democracy Fund has been administered this election year. There is little justification for allowing the “two-bites of the apple” Lieberman/Elicker scheme to subvert the original intention of the DF creators. It was never intended to serve as a publicly financed “dry-run” for candidates intending to run as Independents.
People People People…. The Harp campaign was doing a benchmark poll to test negative statements about both herself and “Sore Loser Elicker” to see which ones are most effective for messaging. Everyone on here has these ideas that campaigns are supposed to be all sunshine and rainbows and run on issues guess what they aren’t. She wasn’t push polling people its what every campaign does. “Sore Loser Elicker” needs to stop whining about statements said about him. If he becomes Mayor they will just get worse. Justins crying has cemented it for me I am going with Harp.
I don’t understand Jason Barlett’s “strategy” by calling Elicker a republican.
First it’s untrue. He worked in some sort of foreign service during the Bush Presidency. My son served in the Marines at the same time? Is Jason Bartlett trying to label my son a republican?
Second, Jason Bartlett has been a registered republican. That’s a cold fact my brother.
Toni needs to listen to better advice.
Your idea that the Democracy Fund is intended to promote the Democratic party is completely incorrect. Yes they do have similar names, but you need to understand that they are different things. The DF is intended to allow fair competition in any election (primary, or general, Democrat or Republican or Green) and to cap the amount of money spent in an election. Keep in mind that Elicker stuck with the limits even though he didn’t have to. In the end, Toni Harp could have done exactly what Elicker is doing, but she chose to take huge contributions from mostly outside donors, (77% coming from outside of New Haven). There’s only one logical answer to the question “why” and that’s “PAY TO PLAY”.
Wake up New Haven.
Toni Harp seems to always find a way to conveniently disavow knowledge of unpleasant facts or news whenever it happens to suit her public image. She is the very epitome of a lack of accountability in politics. For this and other reasons I believe she would make a terrible mayor and at a critical time when what the City of New Haven needs most is accountability and clear discussion of policy to weather the financial crisis we are all facing. New Haven desperately needs a straight shooter like Justin Elicker and frankly I don’t trust Toni Harp as far as I could throw her.
flash_demo, the image the New Haven Independent used is from Justin Elicker’s video.
Accountability, do you understand the difference between dropping a food wrapper on the ground (something that really bothers me) and dumping toxic waste in a watershed? It is not just scale.
At the end of the day, Justin Elicker is switched on enough to not only know what his campaign is doing, but what the other side is up to. His video addresses potential attacks Team Harp may make. This is not being thin skinned; this is being ahead of the curve.
Meanwhile, Sen. Harp and her camp accuse him of having a glass jaw. When someone takes issue with her, then they are bullies, picking on her because she is a black woman.
I have posted on the abuses of the Democracy Fund since the beginning of this election season, and nowhere have I suggested that DF was intended to promote the Democratic Party. That idea is your creation, not mine. My point throughout has been that candidates who proclaim that they are Democrats, when in fact they are Independents knowing they will lose the Democratic Primary and intending to run in the general as Independents, are committing a fraud upon the public finance system by misstating their status for the sole purpose of obtaining public funds for a bogus primary run. Justin’s campaign lied about its intentions by disavowing his status as a Democrat, shedding his loyalty to the Party, and adopting the moniker of Independent for the general election. I find nothing noble or progressive about a fraud being perpetrated upon the voters. If he were truly a Democrat, he would abide by the Democratic Primary election results he lost.
Would you agree that New Haven is a unique political environment where essentially there is only one party in power? Would you agree that this has a meaningful effect on the election process? Just curious.
“Only Republicans of power and prestige were selected to serve in the Bush Foreign Service Office”
No, just no. Prestige and power? For starters, do you know a lot of FSOs are actually just computer nerds in charge of encryption at consulates and embassies? In fact the good deal of FSOs in Bush’s term were people who had been hired during the Clinton era and possibly even earlier. It’s a career job, not an administration job.
“Justin’s campaign lied about its intentions by disavowing his status as a Democrat,”
Again, no. Fernandez, Elicker and Carolina all petitioned to be an independent candidate long before the primary, this was no secret. And yes, attacking Democracy Fund candidates for running as independents is saying the fund exists to support the Democratic establishment. To quote its webpage
“The purpose of the Democracy Fund is to ensure that all citizens of the City of New Haven have a fair and meaningful opportunity to participate in the election of their Mayor. Specifically, the ordinance aims to counter the perception that New Haven’s public policy is influenced by campaign contributions; to ensure that meritorious Mayoral candidates are able to raise and spend sufficient funds through public financing of elections to convey their messages to the voters; to reduce the need for ongoing fundraising and to encourage Mayoral candidacies to spend more time communicating with citizens; and to give all citizens an opportunity for a reasonable supporting role in the selection of Mayor by making even small contributions meaningful.”
No where does it say its users have to abide by party politics. Maybe if we lived in a reality where New Haven wasn’t a literal one party town, and independent candidates anywhere in the US actually got media attention I’d be willing to take the argument more seriously. Until that point, your argument is de facto trying to make the Democratic primary the general election.
On a side note, the election once again does show an interesting divide between Democratic voters who believe the party as a unified organization is supreme vs though who just see it as more of a general label to put together like minded people.
Razzie, can you please tell me the exact percentage of registered voters who voted in the Democratic Primary?
Then tell me, in your opinion, if you feel that number of voters is representative of the opinions of all New Haven residents.
I am a life long registered democrat but only as a general affiliation in support of general political leanings. And admittedly it’s important to be able to vote in New Haven primaries since more often then not these preliminary races decide elections in our one party town. But I have often voted for an independent candidate in general elections and I am hopeful that other registered democrats will assess these two candidates on their character and merits rather then blind party affiliation.
Yes, yes and yes—prestige and power! I’ve never seen a posting for Foreign Service Officer in any urban setting or minority news outlet. But it certainly helps if you grew up in New Canaan, the son of a Wall Street attorney. And as for nerds and computer geeks, are those the same FSO’s who were involved in the infamous search for weapons of mass destruction during the Bush-Cheney Administration. And yes, it is again highly coincidental that Justin began work at his FSO position shortly after George Bush began his term (2001) and left FSO service shortly before Bush’s second term ended (2009). You can believe what you want, however the relevant facts tell me Justin is not an ordinary civil service postal clerk.
I think you might be on the right track; moreso, Justin probably wasn’t just in cahoots with GWB, he was probably a double agent that snuck WMDs out of Iraq for Saddam Hussein. Of course at the same time, Toni Harp was moonlighting as a plumbing contractor and installing the infamous quid-pro-quo hot tub for John Rowland but that just pales by comparison.
Nuisance says: “Razzie, can you please tell me the exact percentage of registered voters who voted in the Democratic Primary?
Then tell me, in your opinion, if you feel that number of voters is representative of the opinions of all New Haven residents”
This is the lament of every sore loser in the history of American politics—turnout was low, so the people really agree with me! I’ve used that to console myself in the past when my favored candidate lost. But seriously, when Justin loses the general, are we going to have to listen to you whine that the results aren’t representative of the electorate?
There are entire wards where Justin got less than 20 primary votes. His views and support are unquestionably not as broad as Toni’s.
As for Justin being a Republican, who the hell knows?
First he was a pork barrel machine Democrat who told his constituents to elect him because he could do a better job than the Green Party incumbent working with the DeStefano machine to bring pork home to the ward. DeStefano backed him up by giving Justin credit for a city project because the machine wanted the Green Party off the Board.
Then overnight he became the poor little anti-machine victim because his pet trolley study didn’t get funded.
He was a Democrat running for the nomination. Except, no, wait. He isn’t. He’s really an independent.
He’s a budget hawk and the only honest candidate, except he told the city falsely that he was a Democrat just so he could spend taxpayer money boosting his name recognition for an independent candidacy.
He’s “progressive” because well, he says so. And he gets things done. Except his only successful Aldermanic citywide initiative was to pass a resolution to allow him to lobby Hartford to shift the tax burden to lower income voters, something that he didn’t get done.
So who really knows who or what this guy is? I guess all those people who’ve been working with him in New Haven for the past thirty years, right?
That’s probably because state department jobs you now apply for on their website, it’s not exactly something you find in the classifieds.(in fact everyone can go right now apply for a FSO position. Which actually means just applying to take the test
You’re trying to backtrack and shift goal posts desperately. “Only Republicans of power and prestige were selected to serve in the Bush Foreign Service Office” has now become ” I’ve never seen a posting for Foreign Service Officer in any urban setting or minority news outlet.” which means shockingly, federal jobs that require usually high attainments of education don’t advertise their jobs in the local classified next to help wanted for local mechanics.(A black man is now president and unsurprinsgly the state department still isn’t putting out ads in our papers, nor is the EPA, DoL, DoE, Treasury, and every federal agency)
Also the last part is basically on par with the joke Justin makes in his video above.
“Justin enjoys life. This is quite reminiscent of George W Bush’s pro-life policy”. It’s funny, FSOs have nothing to with faulty WMDs data,(The state department doesn’t gather intelligence, the CIA and other intelligence agencies do. And Colin Powell has more than once said he feels as if he was played for a chump because of the evidence he was given by them. Not to mention people who deal with WMD issue tend to have majored in chemistry or nuclear physics, not economics and environmental policy), however this entire charade of attempting Bush linkage by the Harp camp is ironically a fabrication of evidence in an attempt to push support for a political goal.
I truly respect your independence of thought and action in electoral politics. I also acknowledge that New Haven is a staunch 1 - party town, and that the drafting and administration of the Democracy Fund Ordinance is severely flawed in that regard. Under the current interpretation, a person is allowed to receive public funds upon condition that he/she meet the donor limit and financial contribution restrictions while running as a Democrat (or Republican) in the Primary, and then turn around and avoid those donor and contribution restrictions while running in the general election. This interpretation by the current DF Administrator flies in the face of the very core of the DF’s reason for being. If the restrictions on donors and financial reporting have merit for the Primary, they must certainly have merit for the General. And it is totally unacceptable for the DF Administrator to accept the verbal commitment of candidates that they will voluntarily abide by the contribution, spending and reporting limits specified in the DF Ordinance. Second, once a candidate makes a designation as to Dem / Rep / Indep for DF purposes, that candidate should be bound to that designation for the duration of that election cycle. No more Lieberman/Elicker 2-steps allowed.
The Harp campaign polled my house the other night. As soon as I said I was supporting Elicker enthusiastically - the young lady thanked me for my time and hung up. I guess they were not interested in my benchmarks. Oh well.
I hear what you are saying and understand your breakdown of the democracy fund. But I am also willing and able to step back and see the larger picture. I believe Elicker to be essentially an independent minded candidate doing what he can within the confines of what has amounted to a stacked election process for many many years in New Haven. Whatever he declares himself to be I truly believe he is abiding by the spirit of campaign finance reform and this has great meaning to me. More meaning then declared party affiliation. Battling a machine backed party candidate in New Haven has taken guts, creativity and a grass roots level appeal that I find refreshing and a much needed change in the face of the city’s escalating financial issues and a potential rival candidate who is to me nothing more then a special interest pawn.
accountability, you will not hear a peep out of me if Harp wins the General Election due to low turnout. My only point is that if Justin Elicker were not currently running, then a very large proportion of New Haven voters would be disenfranchised by having the ability to make a choice taken away from them.
Let’s not confuse the issue. Public financed elections throughout the US were created to tame the monster of PACs and quid pro quo, private sector, bundled contributions.
The list of Harp donors (union committees and government contractors) is a perfect example of why publicly financed elections might help to bring some fairness and true representation back to government. I think we all understand that a Harp New Haven will continue the deep dysfunctionality that has plagued this city, and many others like it throughout the US.
First off, I’m shocked that Elicker got so bent out of shape and dissected a poll. He made it a big deal. This kind of sensitivity and overreaction in a mayor would be troubling. Second, I’m very leery of anyone who loses a primary and then says “well I’m going to keep running because I want to give other folks a chance to weigh in too.” The abrupt moves from Bush’s foreign service to Democratic alderman to Independent says Opportunist to me.
Elicker’s campaign and his surrogates have been remarkably nasty and entitled. They are a bunch of Republicans in Democrat clothes just like their favorite position-paper writer.
Elicker would not represent the community, just his band of East Rock funders who want control of the city because they can’t stomach a minority in charge. New Haven’s own Tea Party.
I don’t want Harp elected because I don’t want white union bosses in East Haven in plundering our city. The AA community needs to check pride at the door and vote in its own best interest. That best interest does NOT reside with Toni Harp. If she’s voted in, in ten years we’ll be lucky to be Providence (radical financial restructuring) but could be Detroit (utter financial collapse).
I am not rich, nor am I from East Rock, but I am a strong supporter of Justin Elicker. I resent the comments on here that you must fall into one or both of these two categories to support him. AND what is up with that picture of Mr. Elicker with the devil horns NHI? Talk about slanted and poor taste…
Citizen X, are you the new Xavier? A commenter who claims to support one candidate, while actually decrying them?
Beyonddiscussion, I am socked that you and other posters would react as strongly and as negatively as you have. It is tactically sound to address rumors before they take on a currency of their own. Remember John Kerry and Swift Boat? More important, this is the kind of leader he is, sees a problem, and solves it, rather than wait for it to be a crisis, or just ignore it.
I have in fact seen job postings from EPA, DoL, DoE, Treasury, and many other federal agencies is urban newspapers and minority interest media… but not the FSO. (And many such postings were in close proximity to ads for mechanics and other such careers. And I will point out that in 2001, when Justin was appointed to his FSO position in the Bush-Cheney Administration, FSO did not have the on-line job applications process your link refers. Within the Bush-Cheney Administration selection of high level State Department positions was very much a “political” process that favored persons with Republican backgrounds (particularly those with a family history of generous donations). And coming from New Canaan certainly would not hurt one’s chances at getting the job.
I don’t want Elicker elected if the quality, tone and substance of his NHI supporters’ comments represent the policies and positions his administration would be pursuing. BTW - I happen to be AA, and get very much concerned by the “angry white man” type comments I read here on NHI. I feel no need to “check my pride at the door”, and I am truly capable of discerning where my “best interest” lies. In my view, it is not synonymous with the interests of the Elicker East Rock Elites.
posted by: Jonathan Hopkins on October 16, 2013 11:12am
You have it backwards. Elicker announced his candidacy before Destefano announced that he wouldn’t run for re-election. Elicker was initially running against Destefano and organized his campaign around that idea.
Elicker’s supporters couldn’t stand to see a minority get elected by in January? A minority like Destefano? What?
It was Harp who was convinced to run for Mayor after the powers-that-be decided they didn’t like the pool of candidates that emerged once Destefano announced he wouldn’t seek re-election. It is Harp’s backers that can’t stand to see a Mayor that isn’t beholden to special interests and outsider influence, which is why they convinced someone to run who clearly didn’t want to. Harp stated that she wouldn’t run unless struck by lightning and she has been completely unprepared at every debate.
Citizen X his a nail of sheer hypocrisy on the head. Elicker’s white and well off East Rock/Westville donors? Racist elites. Harp’s wealthy white donors who live in suburbs that are 905+ white? Totally supporting a woman of the people.(a woman of the people who lives in a mini mansion at the end of a dead end in the woods)
Your interests seem to be aligned with the suburban elites who comprise 77% of Toni Harps financial support?
I wonder if the NHI will publish this since they’ve censored about 50% of my rebuttals in this thread. There must be a Toni Harp guardian angel in the NHI office in these wee hours of the campaign.
FSO’s are not “high level positions”. They’re high level in the sense they require more education and experience than most people have, but they’re not top government jobs. And I’d like to know where all these classifieds are. Sometimes there’s low level security guard jobs advertising as part of Homeland Security, and agencies with local offices may place ads for office workers, but I don’t see many ads calling for FSOs or any other state department position, people with economics majors for treasury work, directors of ecology divisions at the EPA or even just congressional staffers in local papers. Seriously, whether its a government job for the state department or treasury, or a private job as a broker at a big hedge fund or an international medical policy consultant for the UN, these jobs don’t advertise in local papers. No one is going to put out a classified where 98%+ of the people reading it aren’t even remotely qualified. That’s not how jobs requiring advanced qualifications work. I mean do you see Yale putting out ads for professors in the NHI or NHR?
Citizen X & Peace,
You are simply mistaken if you believe race has anything what so ever to do with my political support of Justin Elicker (or disappointment in Toni Harp). For the record I also publicly supported Kermit Carolina, proudly signed the petition to get him on the ballot and donated to his campaign. I believe Kermit (like Justin) brought a very refreshing no nonsense dialogue to the primary process and debates… although I believe Justin is ultimately better suited for the job. And it’s also clear now that Kermit is openly supporting Justin that he see’s that they have some meaningful things in common which have absolutely nothing to do with race.
The race card is an desperate, unfortunate and potentially last gasp move by the Harp campaign to garner votes in the absence of any other kind of substantive debate or campaign direction.