Politics is rotten

Matt Westerhold
Oct 28, 2012

But the Democratic Party mailer, in my opinion, wrongfully and deceptively suggests the Register's editorial board favors Erie County treasurer JoDee Fantozz, the incumbent Democrat, in her race against Republican Jeff Krabill, by quoting statements made by a Krabill political foe and attributing them to the Register. 

It's deceptive. It's underhanded. It's intellectual property used entirely out of context to deceive others. It's sleazy. Chris Redfern is the chair of the Ohio Democratic Party. He's also a candidate for the 89th District statehouse seat being vacated by fellow Democrat Dennis Murray Jr. – his safe seat – the one Redfern was first elected in 1999.

All politics is rotten.

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Westerhold endorses Krabill and Shenigo. Get the Sunday Register for the entire 'Between the Lines' column and coupons and advertiser specials that will save you hundreds of dollars the next time you shop. Demand viewing for all the debates, candidate interviews and election coverage stories are at Decision 2012.

Comments

Kimo

Re:"It's deceptive. It's underhanded. It's intellectual property used entirely out of context to deceive others. It's sleazy."

All is fair in love, war, and politics.

pavedparadise

Simple reason not to vote Krabill---- He appears to be a "run for some political office until I win" type of politician.

Second, he tends to make moves to benefit only himself--recall him stepping down from the Sandusky School system so he could benefit from tax abatement for his still unsold condos on East Water Street.

Licorice Schtick

For conservatives to complain about campaigning dishonesty is the height of hypocrisy.

Their policies benefit the 1%, so they need to lie, cheat and steal to win 51% of the vote. The 99% only need to get the truth out.

The wealthy wage a never-ending war on the working class, but if they dare fight back, THAT they call it "class warfar."

Get the truth out.

http://truth-out.org/

Phil Packer

Why do we put up with it? Because, that's just the way it is?

deertracker

DUH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Swamp Fox

Stop the presses, its a shock, "Westerhold endorese "Krabill and Shenigo", great news for Jude Hammond & JoDee Fantozz.......

Kimo is your comments directed at the Erie Co. Democratic Party or Management of this newspaper. could go either way.....

Pete

Well Matt, remember that email conversation you and I had regarding Redfern after you deleted my comment?
Turns out I was right about him didn't it?

SamAdams

Politics, almost by definition, is sleazy. But if quotes attributed to The Register actually were made by somebody else and merely PRINTED in the paper, then shouldn't you (and Mr. Krabill) be going after the Fantozz campaign in a real and material way? Last time I checked, libel was still illegal, EVEN in the heat of a campaign!

Kimo

@swampfox

The republican party is "lily white"?

"Weapons of mass destruction" was/is one of the most costly political fabrications of my time............

If it ain't the truth, it's a lie.........

Swamp Fox

Kimo, "lily white" never said the Republicans were, the article was about the Dems, Krabill is a Republican, Shenigo is an alleged Democrat. Weapons of mass destruction, Clinton claimed it as did Bush in Iraq, this administration claims Syria processes them, whats your point?

Tsu Dho Nimh

I received the mailer that is being discussed on Friday. I found it to be offensive and negative. The party focused on being nasty about Mr. Krabill and not on the qualifications of Ms. Fantozz. It was enough to sway my vote, but not in their direction.

Mr Bean

You lay down with dogs---you get fleas!

herbie_hancock

Politics "are" rotten. Unless you were using bad english to be clever...

doppleganger

HAHAHAHA..... What does it feel like to be beaten at your own game? HAHAHAHAHA

luvblues2

Like.

richrs

AS far as I'm concerned Fantozz should have bowed out after her inattention to her job allowed taxpayer money to be stolen. Though I would not have voted for her regardless. I've talked to Jeff and other than being guilty of wanting to serve his community, he is the best choice for the job. I don't look for the D or R after a candidates name. I vote for who I think is best qualified. Some races are easier to pick than others, and in a lot of cases the positions that there is just one choice, it is usually the best. Sigsworth for Sheriff is a perfect example. I could go on but won't, but will close with O is not my choice.

cam

Matt you sir are a moron. You say things on here that are far from the truth many times. The way this paper has been run as of late is a joke. I think it is very funny that you are upset because someone took your words out of context. As the word goes. "KARMA" How many times have you took someones word out of context? Happens to you and you cry like a little girl. Really, you support Shenigo? We couldn't tell that in the last few months. I am a democrat and when it comes to Shenigo or Hammond I will vote Hammond. At least he has stayed true to his party.

Cityslicker

"Politics is Rotten". And the pot calls the kettle black. You can always tell who this editor is backing.

wiredmama222

Talk to an attorney if you think you have been wronged.

Bluto

; )

Bluto

Cry me a river ...

Darwin's choice
Darkhorse

Fantozz needs to stand up or she will lose this race if she hasn't already. She won't even debate and defend her postion. I am not a fan of Krabill but the ad Fantozz sent out was down right dirty. Fantozz needs to look in her own backyard before throwing stones at someone else. Her track record is not the best. One thing a taxpayer doesn't like is an elected official who waste taxpayers' monies.

Just Thinkin

WHOA, Hold the press, When you guys do a story on gun crimes, you never portray the gun as a tool but the cause and you never ever stick up for gun rights, What,? lies are OK to publish as long as it's not about you. Lets be fair and honest Guns and gun owner's get the same respect and have the truth told about them,as your whining about in this story. It's not fun defending yourself nor your hobbies against lies is it? Maybe they told some half truths or out right lies, but so does the SR on many stories about guns,remember glass house owner's and the stone story, Just thought I'd comment on why you need to be fair in all your stories,

JERRY from SANDUSKY

I have pretty much decided to vote for myself.....Will you vote for me.....

wiredmama222

I will

JERRY from SANDUSKY

Tks

coasterfan

For anyone interested in seeing past the GOP cloud of deliberate misinformation, here is a list from Politifact (the independent watchdog) of statements made by Romney deemed to be 100% false, Google:
PolitiFact All False statements involving Mitt Romney

The list fills more than one page, and of course, doesn't include the list of his statements rated "mostly false", which is an even longer list.

Darwin's choice

And, speaking of rhetoric.........http://youtu.be/fZgQhnNRSuw

Darwin's choice

And, here are statements that are also 100% true......http://www.ntrc.info/biden.html

coasterfan

I agree with the title of this article. I just received a mailer from "Independent Women's Forum" that states that "The New Health Care law will raise taxes and there still would be 30 million uninsured".

The truth is that if there are ANY uninsured, it's people who choose to not participate - NO ONE is denied coverage. The flier also doesn't mention that before the new health care law went into effect, the 30 million (which is clearly a number they picked out of thin air) would simply go to the ER for all health care issues (which certainly costs more than a visit to a family doctor). They also don't mention that WE end up paying for the cost of all those ER visits by uninsured people. With the new system, if they refuse to be responsible financially for their own care, they are forced to pay for that care through a fine. The end result is that WE don't end up paying for 100% of their care.

We have the same type of system already in place for auto insurance. Anyone who drives, who therefore might have an auto accident, is required to have liability insurance, so as not to be a financial burden on others. By the same token, anyone who is alive, who therefore might have need for medical services (which we all will at some point), should be required to have medical coverage, so as not to be a financial burden on others.

One would think that conservatives - who always speak out against supposed freeloaders - would be in favor of a health care system that makes all of us more responsible for our own care, and makes it harder for freeloaders to leech off others.

Darwin's choice

Coasterfan says"would simply go to the ER for all health care issues (which certainly costs more than a visit to a family doctor). They also don't mention that WE end up paying for the cost of all those ER visits by uninsured people. With the new system, if they refuse to be responsible financially for their own care, they are forced to pay for that care through a fine." Really???? How about the 15 or so million illegal aliens here, that Obama let stay, that are a huge blight on our social systems? Who pays for them? They need to be deported, according to the laws we have, but No! That would cut Obamas voter base! Then when they can't pay their fines, they'll be put in our prison "hotels", and continue to drain the system! This plan is flawed, but you sadly believe its the answer.....we lose again!!

Centauri

@Westerhold,

You were deceived by McClung. I have online contact with Salvatore who says that Shenigo wants to give millions of taxpayer dollars to a private ferry boat company. Why should taxpayer money go to a private company? Why Matt would you endorse Shenigo? Give away public money to a rich millionaire? Why?

pavedparadise

Simple reason not to vote Krabill---- He appears to be a "run for some political office until I win" type of politician.

Second, he tends to make moves to benefit only himself--recall him stepping down from the Sandusky School system so he could benefit from tax abatement for his still unsold condos on East Water Street.

oldpirate

another reason not to vote for Krabill are all the shady things going on in the school system. I wonder what are the reasons for decisions made and go unannounced. What are they hiding?

Centauri

Yellow journalism promotes rotten politics. Journalists should report the news and not make up the news. Yellow journalists hide the truth, spread lies and deceive the people. Those who try to expose the truth and lies are ridiculed and punished. Has anyone at the Sandusky Register ever won the Pulitzer Prize?

http://thepolitic.org/?p=1150