Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Maddox Flyer Runs Afoul

Yes, Kurt Maddox messed up by sending out a flyer with Steve Womack's picture on it without talking to the man himself. Maddox talked to Womack's wife about using the picture. In Kurt's marriage, that's good enough, but this is not the first time he has been (IMHO) too naive for the political business. That's both refreshing and troubling. Not everybody has the same kind of relationship, even if its a good one.

Yes, Womack released a statement which expressed his displeasure at Kurt's violation of basic political etiquette. I have mixed feelings about this. On the one hand I don't blame him, on the other hand, Womack probably would not be headed to Congress right now if Maddox had not courageously endorsed him when the other candidates were sitting on the fence or yielding to intense pressure and backing his opponent. Still, Womack wanted to stay out of this race, and Maddox should have simply let him.

The back of the flyer said that Womack does not endorse anyone in the race, and I've heard that Womack admitted he had not read both sides of the flyer before releasing his statement (on the jump).

6 Comments:

Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

oops, the statement has a footnote which says it was intended only for the recipient and that it should not be shared with anyone. I sure don't get that, but the gist of the statement was that Womack was not endorsing anyone in the race, and
that the picture was used without his permission.

5:23 AM, November 23, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So, why not revise your post, or take the article down altogether?

8:30 AM, November 23, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hines claims Womack knew he was going to put photos of Womack on his literature (which he did during the general election). Yet, an article by KNWA states Greg Hines was also advised not to use Womack's "likeness" on his literature.

Who is lying?

Hines' discontent doesn't pass the smell test.

8:42 AM, November 23, 2010  
Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

Because even good people can mess up, and when they do, other good people need to admit it. Where people in office go wrong, it often starts when they surround themselves with people who will never admit when the official does wrong.

I can't call down the lamestream media around here for their outrageous bias unless I am willing to admit it when the guy I back makes a mistake.

In this case, faithful are the wounds of a friend.

3:00 PM, November 23, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There were a lot of things wrong with that mailing and the one that was sent shortly before it. Both were 1/2 truth last minute hatchet jobs that completely turned me off to Maddox. His side by side comparisons using innuendo and omitted facts were unworthy of someone that proclaimed the possession of an "ethics" degree.

The picture, and the quotes, made it look to the casual reader that Womack had endorsed Maddox. There can be no debating that. Worse though was the other side where the Maddox camp did come clean that Womack hadn't endorsed anyone but then used the opportunity to claim that some Hines material had made it seem like Womack supported Hines!

Whoa...hold on! You just printed a nice oversized post card with Womack signing your praises as if you were the anointed one while on the flip side hit your opponent for the very thing you're doing?

It was a pretty bad piece for that and other reasons...like leaving the section on religion empty etc., all in all both were VERY VERY sleazy and last minute campaign games that have no place here.

4:48 AM, November 24, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Hines claims Womack knew he was going to put photos of Womack on his literature (which he did during the general election). Yet, an article by KNWA states Greg Hines was also advised not to use Womack's "likeness" on his literature.

Who is lying?"

Since Womack posed for those photos that were on Hines's flyer, I'm pretty sure he gave his permission for them to be used. Obviously KNWA got their facts wrong.

7:04 AM, November 24, 2010  

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