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Passing on some views on tomorrow's primaries
cos asked for folks to post pointers to his post on the subject; his politics and mine don't always line up, but I suspect I agree with him here, so here's such a pointer.

On the hot-button topic: when I first heard about the Guy Glodis thing, I confess that my reaction was to dismiss it as a smear campaign by one of his competitors. I may disagree with many politicians, but I don't usually think of them as stupid. But he's had plenty of time to disavow it, and seems to be dancing around it instead -- not only admitting that he *did* send it around, but showing complete cluelessness about why people are offended. I mean, I agree that freedom of speech gives him the right to say what he likes -- but that's largely a non-sequiteur. He is legally entitled to his opinion, but when he's in the middle of running for public office I am *certainly* going to take his words into account.

Best I can figure, even if cos' characterization of him as a racist asshole *may* (or may not) be overstated, he's certainly an idiot who doesn't know how to comport himself in public. I'm willing to forgive someone who says something stupid, but not if they're unwilling to take responsibility for their mistake. And while the topic is tangential to the office in question, it's not nearly tangential enough: an Auditor, by definition, should be as fair and impartial a person as you can get, and entrusting it to an apparent bigot seems unwise.

All of which leads to me agree with cos in this one: that Glodis is unsuitable for public office, so it probably makes strategic sense to vote for Suzanne Bump...

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And here I thought you meant the Glodis thing where he sent around ads to a bunch of homes stating how he was going to "reign" in wasteful spending because no one could be arsed to copy edit correctly.

Yeah, msmemory took particular note of that one.

(Although I suppose he could mean that he's going to be the King of Wasteful Spending...)

I will never understand people who believe that free speech means no one should criticize what they say.

Freedom of speech gives you freedom from censorship, not freedom from consequences. Anyone who can't understand that doesn't belong in any position of responsibility, much less public office.

If I recall correctly, Guy Glodis was a classmate of Alexx's at Worcester Academy. He was the son of a politician, and I seem to remember Alexx categorizing him as something of an a**hole at the time. Certainly his years as Sherrif (sp?) of Worcester County haven't been especially distinguished.

I have other friends who apparently knew him in college, and had much the same reaction...

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