by Gene Valentino
As a loyal American citizen, I’m brought to tears by the recent ‘new low’ this campaign/election season has taken. It’s not limited to the Presidential campaign.
This ‘new low’ has been pervasive nationwide at the federal, state and local levels for some time.
This is not an endorsement of Donald Trump, although I will support Mr. Trump, warts and all…because he’s NOT part of the “Establishment” that has caused our election process to degenerate.
After 8 years as an elected County Commissioner; and arguably, part of the “Establishment;” I have witnessed firsthand the bad behavior that pervades our campaign/election processes.
In the link below, Judge Jeanine should be applauded for the best commentary on that issue yet. Her on-target criticism of Mitt Romney crystalizes the dysfunction in our campaign/election system.
I’m ashamed of the system, not in Donald Trump. Trump is a political ‘rookie’ and that’s a compliment. No one can argue that this is part of his ‘charm’ and why he’s winning. Regrettably, he has fallen prey to the savvy media.
Attempts to marginalize him have failed. The public sees it too! Trump, win or lose, is bound to cause material reform to our charade of a campaign/election system at all levels in this Nation.
Editor’s Note: Gene Valentino was the District 2 Escambia County Commissioner from 2006-2014.