Attacks on Koster are tacky, unfair

I have been volunteering for political campaigns since I was a teenager, many years ago, and beginning as a Democrat. I was taught that a campaign should focus on the merits of a candidate, not attack the opposition, as that was tacky.

I have read one letter after another in this column from the supporters of Mike Ashley attacking John Koster for his so-called “support” of Freedom County. First of all, the original Freedom County movement did not in any way resemble the present one. I believe thousands of people signed the petition at the time it was started, indicating a very real dissatisfaction with county government at the time. Mr. Koster did what any good legislator should have done by attempting to give these constituents their day in court. To label this as supporting their agenda is absurd and comparable to labeling a defense attorney as guilty of abetting a crime. In fact, the Freedom County people sued John Koster!

Surely the supporters of Mike Ashley must be able to find some accomplishments for which to credit him during his time in office. He must have achieved something for these supporters to brag about. Isn’t it time to turn the page?


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