Ballin' on a Budget (& Control Board)
Give it up for Richard Eckstrom.
The so-called "Endangered One" on the Statewide GOP ticket turned out not to be so endangered after all, posting a convincing win over Democrat Drew Theodore.
Turns out running an entire campaign (as Theodore did) based on one minor deviation from a career of taxpayer protection (a deviation Eckstrom admitted and apologized for) wasn't a winning formula after all.
Eckstrom was by far and away one of the most qualified and accomplished candidates on the 2006 ballot, but an incessant barrage of negative attacks (most of them untrue) from the Theodore campaign had many experts thinking he was in serious trouble.
As it happened, the voters weren't as stupid as Theodore (had hoped).
Ordinarily, the day after an election is a time of extending olive branches here at FITS. There's something about patting your opponent(s) on the back after a hard fight and saying "you worked hard, let us buy you a drink."
Trav Robertson and Lachlan MacIntosh are two perfect examples of good guys who fall into that camp. They worked hard, they fought fair but their candidates came up short. That doesn't make it any less of an honor to shake their hands and congratulate them for all the hard work they did on behalf of their respective campaigns.
But Phil Bailey?
He's the guy you want to pour a drink on, until you realize he's just not worth it.
Guess we should have expected as much from the "man" who gutlessly attempted to post anonymous comments trashing former Gov. Carroll Campbell the day after he died.