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I am a high school English teacher in an urban high school in Oklahoma City. I am a member of the American Federation of Teachers, Local 2309. I am a Democrat, a union activist and a worker for social justice. I also am a Christian (Congregationalist). I play chess and coach our school chess team.

Sunday, June 08, 2008

Dirty Tricks Alert!

Who is this guy, and what is he doing at the Oklahoma candidate's filing office?

This picture is from Glenn Hightower. The man is John Angier, campaign manager for Randy Terrill the author of HB 1804 considered by many to be the worst bill on immigration passed by any state in the Union. Angler is allegedly photographing every Democratic candidate filing for office for the benefit of the Oklahoman Republican Party.

2 comments:

Jenn Sierra said...

Why would any serious political candidate mind being videotaped filing for office?

Hint: When you see someone filming a public event like that, another way to handle the situation is to go over to him, smile, and say, "Hi, my name is (insert name), and I'm running as the (insert party) candidate for (insert office). I'd like your vote on (insert date), and here's why...."

It's called "free publicity." If you don't like it, you really shouldn't be running for "public" office.

Lynn Green said...

The problem is that this is another example of how politics has become a matter of "gotcha" rather than a matter of ideas. The only reason why one would videotape members of the opposition party is because one is looking for something bad, or usually something that can be made to look bad.

I know that "if you can't stand the heat, stay out of the kitchen," as Harry Truman said, but I think that we degrade the serious business of choosing our leaders if we focus on the personal aspects of those running for office rather than their beliefs and values.