If they matter most, then why did Palm Beach Post staff writer Brian Crowley begin a story on the two major Democratic candidates for governor like this-
Jim Davis and Rod Smith each has a little fib he tells on the campaign trail.If Rod Smith and Jim Davis fib over trivia like this, are voters supposed to trust them when they speak on bigger issues? I truly think Mr. Crowley isn't helping these candidates with this type of writing.
Nodding his head, his mouth in a tight, knowing smile, Davis tells crowds that he defeated his last opponent for Congress by getting 87 percent of the vote.
Smith punches out his words when he tells audiences that in his first race for the the state Senate, he took a seat away from the Republican Party.
They both stretch the truth, or at least don't tell the whole story.
Davis did win by 87 percent but his opponent was little known Robert Johnson, who ran on the Libertarian Party ticket.
And Smith did win a seat once held by a Republican. But that Republican, George Kirkpatrick, had been elected to Senate five times as a Democrat and joined the GOP only after winning his final election before leaving the Senate.
Someone may say all politicians lie. Yes they all probably do. Then why do they need to tell these half truths? To impress voters? Either the candidates are deceiving voters by saying what they aren't or are so arrogant they don't think the public will notice or care.
Keep it up Palm Beach Post, Charlie Crist may send you a thank you note in November.
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