While we are all accustomed to receiving campaign literature, the amount, frequency and content targeting incumbent Montana state senator Roy Brown (SD 25) by either his opponent or those working on his behalf are not only excessive, but bordering on libelous.
Many Montana Democrats campaign on their “environmentally conscious” platforms, so one would expect them to practice what they preach. Perhaps they should consider an all email campaign to protect our forests. Since absentee ballots were sent out early this week, voters in MT SD25 have received an astronomical number of expensive 2 sided, full color pro-Kendall Van Dyk mailers. Some households have reported receiving twenty or more of them since Tuesday.
All Montanans care about maintaining the beauty and future of our great state. To criticize a candidate as ecologically irresponsible while Van Dyk himself condones and supports forest devastation is rather hypocritical. How many other issues does Van Dyk promote while his lifestyle indicates otherwise?
The hypocrisy of not only the mailer content but the premise of mailers themselves is an issue that needs to be addressed. Campaigning as an environmentally conscious candidate while ridiculously portraying your opponent as a tyrannical oil baron is duplicitous- especially when the eco-friendly candidate is partaking in the earth-raping deforestation by mailing large postcards in bulk.
These mailers, varying in size from large to gargantuan have no mention of the use of recycled paper or soy ink. None of them display any indication of biodegradability or if perhaps the liberal candidate has chosen to offset contributions to our environmental demise by planting trees.
Our candidates for elected office strive to shine as heroes in one aspect of their lives and/or careers. When environmentalism is that aspect, one expects to see that candidate promoting it in not only words, but actions.
An former boss once told me that the secret to his success was to determine what issues and characteristics were important to his employers and to then make those things important to him. WE employ elected officials, isn’t it time our needs are important to them? Masquerading as “green” and condemning your opponent for being pro-energy is diabolical unless those values are also actions. It is time that we hold our candidates to their campaign promises and start asking the tough questions. We may or may not approve of Roy Brown’s stances on the issues, but we can all admit that they are consistent with his lifestyle.