Last month, Lexington County sheriff’s candidate Jay Koon paid for phone calls to voters. The callers said they were conducting a “survey,” but after a few questions, they began making negative comments about another candidate, Justin Britt.
While I’m not an expert on politics, I’m told Mr. Koon’s phone calls fit the definition of a “push poll.”
Here’s the worst part: When some voters asked who had paid for this so-called “survey,” the callers refused to say. So, effectively, Mr. Koon paid for anonymous attacks against Mr. Britt. Doesn’t this violate the spirit of state ethics laws?
It’s unfortunate that Mr. Koon chose to start off his campaign with a negative tactic. It’s even more unfortunate that someone seeking to become the county’s top law enforcement officer would pay for negative phone calls about his opponent but not own up to it.
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If this is how political campaigns in Lexington County are run, then we deserve the politicians we get.
Candidates for sheriff should include disclaimers on each and every campaign expenditure — especially those aimed at damaging other candidates — so we would know who was paying for them. The voters of Lexington County deserve as much.
Mary Grace Loveless