why not say who you are?

First Lady Michelle Obama. Photo taken by me in March 2008. Yes, I was that close and this is among my favorite candids I have ever shot.

First Lady Michelle Obama. Photo taken by me in March 2008. Yes, I was that close and this is among my favorite candids I have ever shot.

The political process always has and always will fascinate me.  I enjoy being a student of politics, so to speak.

I came from the Main Line where it can be said when it comes to all things local politics, well it is different. It is also nasty and cut throat.  Hope Chester County doesn’t prove to be the same.

I am a registered Republican. I am also known as an inveterate ticket splitter at times.  You will for example never get me to vote for people like Sarah Palin or Michele Bachman or  Christine O’Donnell from Delaware who had a Wiccan fascination.  These people are not true Republicans.  They are aberrations who are embarrassing to women everywhere. But I digress. (I guess I just believe in moderation versus extremism)

I will look to the person behind the candidate to help me decide.  I will also speak to candidates and see what they are about. From First Lady Michele Obama to Congressmen, to State Representatives, to State Senators to U.S. Senators to Supervisors and Commissioners, I will talk to them all.  I figure why not? They want my vote, right? Why shouldn’t they talk to me? They are just people, after all.

The photo above is of the current First Lady, Michelle Obama.  I met her  in a small setting in 2008 – and to this day I still enjoyed interacting with her. Not so fond of how her husband has done his job, but honestly? She is pretty cool.  Sorry if that upsets my die-hard conservative friends, but it is what it is.  I can still enjoy liberals as people on occasion. The heavens won’t open up and smote me.

I do not donate to political campaigns.  I don’t believe in it. I believe our political process is broken.  I believe at times power corrupts.  But I do ultimately believe in the process. And that we as citizens have to keep participating.

I believe extremism in U.S. politics is ruining our political system.  I see it reflected locally in Chester County in a sense.  I do not see that as a bad thing, incidentally, what bothers me are the Chester County Democrats I see running for office right now who seem unable or unwilling to put out there their party affiliation.  If they are proud to be a Democrat, why don’t they say so? Are they embarrassed by their national party?

I started nosing around about this last spring when I saw “Julia4Judge” signs.  At first I was amused. I had no clue who this person was. Did she think she was like “Cher” or “Madonna” and only needed one name? You know like “Judge Judy” of television fame? Or was she trying to appeal to the tweeting and texting set?

I found her website.  Could not find her party affiliation on it.  Even today her official campaign website seems to be playing possum with party affiliation – check out her welcome:


I did not know what her affiliation was until I went to the Chester County Democratic Committee Candidate page. I could not find it on her “blog” (not sure she actually writes it as it reads like a campaign is writing it) , her website, or her Facebook page. Realistically how many average people are going to do that?  Search out a bunch of stuff until they see the party affiliation? They look at the mail drop literature and the palm cards and are done with it aren’t  they?

Now I have not seen Julia Malloy-Good’s mail drop literature yet or a palm card, but I have seen another running Democrat’s palm card and website and don’t see his party affiliation either – Bill Holmes the guy who wants you to “get on board with Bill.” (Choo Choo he needs a conductor’s hat, right?)   He is running for Supervisor in East Whiteland.

Now mind you, I do have issues with a guy who a brief time after he became supervisor wanted to run against State Rep. Duane Milne and is that unreasonable? (he lost somewhat miserably by the way).  I hate people who say they are running for local office because they love where they live and want to help, yet seem to want to use the local offices as a political stepping stone almost immediately don’t you? (Lita Cohen comes to mind there, and now on occasion you see stuff come out for her about non-profits on what looks like “official”  State Rep stationary, only she hasn’t been an elected official for years at this point.)

 East Whiteland has a Democrat majority on their board of three in East Whiteland I think.  I know that Virginia McMichael who is Holmes’ “honorary campaign chair” is a Democrat, so theoretically wouldn’t Holmes be proud to say on his palm cards and website her was a Democrat since they appear to control the political majority on the Board of Supervisors of East Whiteland Township in a Republican dominated county?

See from his website:


Now putting aside the fact that this “welcome” to his website is not exactly humble or self-effacing, why not say political party affiliation? And wow, if you go further into his campaign website you will note he is an IT professional. So one would think that East Whiteland would have a totally fabulous, easy to navigate website, right?

I don’t get it.  I have a lot of friends who are Democrats, they aren’t afraid to tell you their party affiliation in the least….even out here in Chester County. But political candidates for public office who can’t seem to disclose this stuff on palm card, websites and whatnot? Why should I consider them? In my mind that gives me something NOT to trust.

Even when it comes to politics, say who you are. Be who you are.  Hiding it or omitting it deliberately on literature, websites and palm cards leads to people mistrusting candidates, so if you are a Democratic candidate in Chester County, please say so…unless you are of course embarrassed or ashamed? Then you might consider Republican or Independent status, right?

Just something that bugs me.