At a recent fundraiser, mayoral candidate Seb Giuliano, and Council candidate Mike Marino both stated that talking about national politics during a local campaign was irrelevant.
I guess I'd feel the same reluctance if talking about national politics meant that I'd have to admit possible association with Donald Trump.
Maybe, they're running from the "R" word.
That "R" word they don't want to say is (shhhhhhhh!), Republican.
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Lawn signs? No "Republican."
Handout shopping bags? No "Republican."
Facebook page? No "Republican."
Mayoral candidate website. No "Republican."
One can only assume it's intentional - "if we don't say it, maybe they'll think we're one of them."
What exactly are the "B" team afraid of?
Maybe the "B" team still hasn't gotten comfortable with admitting in these difficult times that they're (mumble, shuffle, mumble) Republicans. After all, several of them have had strong associations with Democrats.
Giuliano admits he grew up a Democrat, and respects many of those Dems his parents voted for. In fact, he seems to admire Democrats so much that he recently sent emails to many Middletown Democrats claiming that his values might match theirs.
Back to associations with national politics.
It's my own belief that some people who support the current president might share, or support his "values."
Fortunately, many Republicans don't share his values.
Still, when it comes to the environment, public schools, social justice, race, tolerance, immigration and choice, the national issues shaped by the president and his congress very likely hit home right here in Middletown.
Giuliano and Marino claim those "national" values are not worth considering. Nothing to see here, move along.
What's clear, in this very Democratic town of Middletown, that embraces the Democratic values of justice, equality, empathy and compassion, is that in an election year, it"s good to be a Democrat.
So, this year in particular, Democrats, vote Democratic.
And Republicans, if you're too bashful to admit your party affiliation, join the party and vote Democratic too.