November 12, 2006

Face, meet egg. Egg, face.

Imagine you reach into your mailbox and find the following piece of campaign material from incumbent Councillor Diane Holmes the day before the Ottawa vote:

OTTAWA CITIZEN

'Diane Holmes is a good councillor...'

Ottawa Citizen - Monday, November 6, 2006
Diane Holmes is a good councillor, (...). Ms. Holmes has served Ottawa in many ways since she was first elected as a councillor in 1982. She's been an advocate for women's issues, greenspace, and the arts. She shows a genuine affection for Somerset Ward and the people in it. She's been ahead of the curve on many issues: She pointed out at a candidate's debate last week that it's great to see an election in which transit is the central issue.

She knows her ward and she knows city hall.

And then, further, imagine that you reach in for a second piece of mail and find, courtesy of Holmes opponent Luc Lapointe, a photocopy of the full Ottawa Citizen article quoted, and the article reads like so [emphasis added]:

WARD 14 -- SOMERSET

Luc Lapointe's the best choice

Diane Holmes is a good councillor, but there's every reason to believe Luc Lapointe would be a better one. Ms. Holmes has served Ottawa in many ways since she was first elected as a councillor in 1982. She's been an advocate for women's issues, greenspace, and the arts. She shows a genuine affection for Somerset Ward and the people in it. She's been ahead of the curve on many issues: She pointed out at a candidate's debate last week that it's great to see an election in which transit is the central issue.

She knows her ward and she knows city hall. The trouble is, she knows city hall so well she's turned into an apologist for it.

And so on, as Kurt Vonnegut would write.

Summary: bad move.

Posted by anatole at 10:17 PM | Comments (3)