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Sun., Oct. 4
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Debate nastiness?


I'm going to write a full briefing on the debate this afternoon between Mayor Jeff Graham and Councilman Jeff Smith in the Nov. 8 mayoral election, but I wanted to point out a few things that caught my attention before I get around to the version where I can't use the word "I" (which I have done, counting this time, six times already in the first sentence).
First of all, it was indeed a feisty debate with barbs going back and forth (Mr. Graham chided his opponent for his position on renewable energy; Mr. Smith said his opponent does not, in fact, support debt reduction like he says he does).
Another major repartee, too, was about Mr. Graham's blog. Or I should say, blogs. He has two of them, one for the day-to-day musings of the mayor and another for the straight campaign skinny.
True to form, Mr. Graham had posted something about the debate, including a photo, a little over an hour after the taping ended (it will air tomorrow).
In the post, and in the debate itself, Mr. Graham said that Mr. Smith was "attacking" him.
"Thirty Minutes Gets Feisty as Challenger Goes on the Offensive," Mr. Graham's headline read.
Putting aside for a moment the fact that Mr. Graham has also sharply criticized his opponent, Mr. Graham's sensitivity to Mr. Smith's criticism reminds me of the words that a wise statesman once said.
"We live in a world where if a pitcher brushes a hitter off the plate, its a capital crime....Used to be that's how you pitched...Remember Bob Gibson ?
I read a book once about Presidential campaigns in the 1800s, and believe me, what we have now is mild."
Who said it? Mayor Jeff Graham.
Don't believe me? Well, you can read it on his blog.
OK. Onward and upward! Story time!

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