2008-10-31 / Columnists

Making Waves

Commentary By Eric Ulrich, Republican Leader, 23rd AD

ERIC ULRICH ERIC ULRICH With less than one week to go before Election Day, all of us realize that the mudslinging tactics once associated with the crudest kinds of local politics now characterize virtually all campaigns. From nasty television ads to attacks in the mail, it seems as though this year's candidates will stop at nothing to malign their opponent.

A classic example of these red-herring scare tactics can be attributed to Senator Barack Obama who, while campaigning in Florida, blamed the state of the economy on "eight years of greed on Wall Street and irresponsibly in Washington" and said that "when we spend $10 billion a month in Iraq, that means less money to fix crumbling roads and bridges here at home." Sadly, Obama's veiled attacks on Senator John McCain seem to be working too. National opinion polls show that voters trust Obama more on economic issues and that financial fears have propelled him into the lead.

Thankfully, Republicans, Democrats, Conservatives, and Liberals alike have had enough. Now more than ever, voters want a new direction with a positive message. And while the race for the White House often overshadows local elections, the people in our Assembly District have a rare opportunity to elect

someone who truly believes in bringing people together, not tearing them apart. Jerry Sullivan began his quest for the State Assembly nearly eight months ago. Since then, he has pounded the pavement, knocked on doors, and earned the trust and respect

of people in every party. Anyone who has met Jerry knows that he is a breath of fresh air to the local political scene. He talks to people about issues that are important to them. He stands up for family values and is someone of whom we can all be proud. Politics aside, Jerry Sullivan is an independent thinker who makes decisions to same way I do - by simply doing what he thinks is right for the people he hopes to represent. I ask that you consider voting for the right person this year, and cast your ballot for Jerry Sullivan for State Assembly.

This November, thousands of people from across our community will flock to the polls and exercise their democratic right to vote. As we all know, the price of freedom did not come cheap. We owe it to all the brave men and women who paid that ultimate price by making a great showing on Election Day Tuesday, November 4. Polls open at 6:00 a.m. and close at 9:00 p.m. Let your voice be heard and get out to Vote!

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