Appeal To The Center?
Bonnie Neely's latest mailer certainly doesn't seem to.
We've seen on this blog that there's an awful big split along Left/ Right lines here in local politics. Still, I thought that was just because most people that have more than just a casual interest in politics will usually fall pretty much in either the Left or Right wing camps. Not everyone, just most.
Still, I was surprised to see Bonnie Neely sending out a mailing which could only be described- at least from what the paper makes it sound like- as pretty hard to the Left. It looks like she's using a slightly cooled off version of the Cobb/ Pickering commentaries we've seen of late.
I find it somewhat bothersome that someone like Neely, whom I would have assumed would be going after the independent voters, would think a hard left campaign message would appeal to Joe and Jill Sixpack. Sure, I know she feels her main constituency is the the Left and hard Left, but it seems to me the common wisdom in politics is, or used to be, to appeal to the middle of the road folks.
Does she, or her campaign staff, know something I don't? Has the Fourth District really turned so hard Left an anti- business message like the one she sent out would hit home with Joe and Jill Sixpack? I hope not.
I think it more likely this was simply something in the mind of her campaign team of Kerrigan/ Salzman. Most likely the latter. Only time will tell whether it helps or hurts her.