Wherein the Hamilton County Republican Party Disappoints, Yet Again
April 20, 2007 10:40 AM
Okay, so I get a call from a fellow Republican asking me to contribute to Andre Harper's City Council Campaign. Even though I am pretty active in local politics--having served on the board of local GOP organizations, and worked on numerous campaigns--I had never heard of Andre Harper until the party announced it's City Council slate a few months ago. It's never a good sign when a active member of a political party has never even heard of the party's nominee for major elective office. In fact, it is usually a pretty good sign that something is seriously amiss.
So I explain this to my friend, and tell him that I don't make political contributions to candidates I don't know anything about. And I can tell that my friend secretly agrees with me, but that he'd promised someone he'd make a few calls. Just research Andre, he says, and see what you think.
So good to my word, I google Andre Harper, looking for a reason to like him. But what's this? The first result is an interview he gave recently with his fraternity's online publication. It talks about his public service, and of course public service is great. But the alarming thing was this bit from the interview, when he was asked to identify his "most treasured honor." His response?
I was elected Homecoming King in high school. I failed at two previous school-wide elections, but I worked very hard. That crown goes with me everywhere I go. It reminds me that I can do anything.
What? Are you kidding me? We have a grown man running for City Council with the endorsement of a major political party, and his "most treasured honor" was being elected homecoming king in high school? Come on! Why are we running someone who believes that the homecoming king crown "goes with me everywhere I go"? Shouldn't we run someone who is a little more in touch with reality, and with a post-high school popularity contest track record of electoral success? Did anyone from the party run a google search on this guy before they endorsed him?
Lest you think I am being too harsh, read his perfectly asinine "Manifesto:"
Here's a political tip, Andre: "Manifestos" are for third world dictators and first rate serial killers. People seeking elected office in the U.S. ought to avoid the term. But if you do feel that having a Manifesto sets you apart from rivals who merely have Plans, you need to make sure there's plenty of meat on the bones, not things like "support the vehement enforcement of the law," "protect the interests of all victims of crime," and "support civil servants who work to maintain our city."