Today is the day I should expect, (if Alan Hanks and Jody Severson remain true to form) an angry mailer spewing distortion and outright lies about Alan's opponent Sam Kooiker. I expect we'll see a mailer from Kooiker as well.
I have said here before that I am not advising Mr. Kooiker, but I did recommend a couple of people who have been helping him. I would have done some things differently. But, there is a possibility that had I been doing some of Sam's campaign work, he would not have been 10 points ahead after the general election. And the designer I recommended is better than I am.
I don't believe Mr. Hanks has been served well by his political advisers. He has taken credit for which no credit is due. He claims that he has led Rapid City through the recession unscathed, but fails to mention Sanmina/SCI or Merillat. He claims that he almost single-handedly increased the city's sales tax collections, but fails to take responsibility for the increased cost of goods and services that resulted in a good portion of that increase. He claims that his opponent bullies city employees, when in fact, the city employees have had no better advocate than Mr. Kooiker. Ask a fireman. And, worst of all, he claims no responsibility for the Kooiker censure, which anyone who witnessed the hearing, would say is baloney.
The campaign has been an unpleasant and expensive bloodbath. I'll be glad when it's over. I have already voted. And, I hope that every eligible voter in Rapid City makes his or her voice heard. Runoff elections have notoriously low voter turnout. I don't think that will be the case tomorrow. A runoff record number of early voters have cast done their duty. Anger is a great motivator. And people I talk to are angry.