According to NKy.com Boone Judge Executive Gary Moore and Commissioner Matt Dedden invited a heated exchange at a local TEA party meeting this week. Looking over the published report it appears that the race which wasn't expected to heat up until next year, has already gotten off on the wrong foot.
Moore may appear vulnerable due to how the votes stacked up in last year's Congressional race, but Dedden needs to do more than just criticize his opponent. And Dedden, for all of the support he has already, could potentially lose credibility if he continues to try having his cake and eating it too.
According to the report Dedden acknowledged that the county has prospered with Moore as it CEO, but refused to give Moore any credit for that. On the other hand Dedden says Moore deserves criticism for the actions of the county public works director who has resigned in the middle of a fraud investigation over the handling of a scrap metal account.
It just so happens that when someone is at the helm of a government the rules of the game are that they get the good with the bad. If the county prospers, the elected officials get to share some of the credit for that. If the county does poorly they must share some of the blame. Dedden can't have it both ways and criticize Moore for the actions of one employee and not give Moore credit for having been a part of Boone County's growth and success. That smacks of rank politics and Dedden will need the help of those who say they despise rank politics to win, the TEA party.
Moore on the other hand needs to figure out what the TEA party has against him and meet it head on. Like McConnell he cannot ignore the "throw the bums out" mentality that accompanies the changes which have taken place in Boone County politics. It is such a virulent strain of political zeal that even throwing the baby out with the bath water is considered an acceptable risk.
Once again the political landscape has been littered with accusations and political hatred rather than fertilized with imaginative ideas for improvements which can and should be made.
Let's hope that gentlemanly respect for each other and the intelligence of the electorate will once again become the unwritten rule of political contests in the Commonwealth.