In today’s mail I received one of the most disgraceful political ads I have ever seen. The Cumberland County Democratic Organization has circulated a flyer with the title, “Nobody should tolerate domestic abuse…unless you take orders from Cumberland County Republican Party Boss Bob Greco — a convicted felon and wife-abuser.” It goes on to fault the Republican Freeholder candidates and makes it sound as if they support wife beating.
As a Democrat, I am humiliated by this gutter campaigning. It makes me ask whether the Dems have gone totally crazy. I can’t believe anyone with any respect for themselves would associate with the people who put this out. Do they really believe this is going to work for them? Do they believe that voters will fault the Republican candidates for something that happened years ago, that had nothing to do with them, and that the woman in question says was greatly exaggerated?
If Pepitone and Thompson are elected, will they feel justified in this disgraceful act? Why are they so desperate? Are the polls not telling them what they want to hear?
I cannot be so cynical as to believe this disgusting flyer will influence many voters. If the Dems are elected, it will be due to the factors cited in Haystack Calhoun’s excellent analysis below: out of county money and busing in poor people to vote.