Can a candidate run on “ethics” while being unethical?
Following the Pinehurst Civic Group’s candidate forum, board member Victoria Adkins called some (perhaps all) of the candidates and asked them if they were in favor of a recall election of council members — an issue brought up by 120 citizens in our community.
Adkins did this after the president of the PCG refused to use this politically charged question at the forum.
On Sunday, Oct. 15, candidate Bart Boudreaux published some candidates’ answers to the recall and other questions in a convenient yes-or-no format. The information gleaned by Adkins was not shared with all candidates — but obviously was shared with Boudreaux to be published in his full-page ad.
Some troubling issues arise from this ad. First, is the PCG still neutral in elections? Should a member be allowed to solicit, by phone, information under the guise of the Civic Group, then share it with the candidate of her choice?
Most issues that come before the council require study and discussion. Most do not have simple yes-or-no answers but depend on many and varied factors.
As mayor, I will be working with one and perhaps two new council members. I have a keen interest in how they stand on issues. Both Drum and Larsen dispute under what circumstances this information was collected and the validity of their “yes” answers (again, there is more to that recall question than a yes or no).
After this questionable full-page ad, voters should carefully scrutinize both this candidate’s ethics and integrity while claiming that “ethics matter.”
Nancy Fiorillo, Pinehurst