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Politics: Tearing Down to Build Up?

Tonight this election will end weeks of hateful ads.  I’m glad this election is over between Jon Ossoff and Karen Handel to represent the 6th District of Georgia.  I do not live in the 6th District but I do live in the state of Georgia and I am embarrassed by the constant TV and radio ads of people spewing negative statements, name calling, theatrics; all to get someone elected. This expensive race has made national news, including the horrible campaign ads. The rhetoric in the ads, mainly paid for by outsiders, PACS, on both sides,  paints one candidate as a loser and the other as a liar.  What I wanted to hear about was where they stood on the issues and not their perceived alliances with Nancy Pelosi or President Donald Trump.  At least Ossoff pointed people to his webpage for voters to get what he supported and his plans. I also was happy to see Jon Ossoff treat Karen Handel respectfully in one of the ads where he spoke on camera.  He didn’t talk about the number of times she ran for office, the Lexus, the chairs etc.,  fodder used in campaign ads paid for by other people and not approved by him.  I was disappointed when Karen Handel spoke on camera and chose to repeat what was in her ads, paid for by others; Ossoff doesn’t live here, (allowed by law) and he’s a liberal, Pelosi pawn. She looked uncomfortable. Again, I don’t have a horse in this race, but I don’t like the tenor of this campaign.  Why do you have to tear somebody down to build up yourself?  Why can’t issues be the most important element?  And how do we heal after such a hateful, expensive and ugly campaign? How do we unite to work for the good of the district and the State of Georgia.  You can’t take back the ugly images and statements that were damning, not just to the candidate but to the people who said them. Politics truly is ugly and needs a major face lift.

DeKalb Sheriff Loses in Court

Embattled DeKalb County Sheriff Jeffrey Mann lost a battle in court today.  A judge ruled, Governor Nathan Deal’s executive order to investigate Mann will stand.  Mann was arrested for allegedly exposing himself in Piedmont Park and then running from police in May. Recently Mann suspended himself from duty, with pay, for a week.  However, he said in an email he will send “one week’s pay to a charity or charities to be determined in the very near future.” Today’s court ruling opens the door for an investigation by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Some have called for Mann to resign. He has refused and apologized for what happened but says he is not guilty of the charges. What do you think he should do?
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