Thursday, September 24, 2009

A Chickenshit Complaint

Posted By on Thu, Sep 24, 2009 at 9:01 AM

We reported earlier this week on the attack ad against incumbent Tucson City Council Democrats Nina Trasoff and Karin Uhlich, which was produced by the shadowy Tucson Vision Committee.

The Pima County Democratic Party released a statement yesterday complaining that the ad used a dirty word:

Why are Republicans so worried about clean streets after University of Arizona football games, but have no problem with profane TV commercials broadcast during those games?

An offensive, anti-family ad appeared on TV before and during Saturday's game and asked "What the hell is our City Council doing?" This kind of gutter politics does not belong in Tucson.

TW—which is no stranger to potty mouth—has to wonder what the hell is wrong with the wusses at the Pima County Democratic Party. Admittedly, we probably need sensitivity training, but to us, it seems like a chickenshit issue.

The Dems do go on to make a better point:

The ad unscrupulously pointed out that services like neighborhood street repairs have been cut because revenues dried up as recession swept the whole country. The City Council made deep and difficult cuts to protect money for public safety. However, the Republican candidates support Prop 200, which threatens to make those cuts to city services permanent [as well as raise taxes during the country's worst recession since the great depression].

It's valid to point out that the city will have to skimp on street repair and need to raise taxes if Prop 200 passes. But Democrats should be more careful about complaining about how raising taxes is such a bad thing, seeing as the City Council incumbents that they are trying to protect did raise taxes just a few months ago.

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