Is the public actually as blind, deaf and dumb as organizations like American Tradition Partnership think? I guess we’ll soon find out. ATP began its visible campaign with a telephone poll, part standard, and part push (when it came to issues of the environment).
It’s likely that ATP’s $10,000 will grow substantially. After all, you can’t get a telephone poll, a candidate survey, at least three mailers, and big newspaper ads for only $10,000. Conservatives, Republicans (and radicals) charge and pay for everything. They don’t count on the talent and hard work of volunteers.
Longmont voters can find the questions asked of the candidates in the article title “ATP siege on Longmont”.
The celebrated 100% score that Bryan Baum, Heath Carroll and Bonnie Finley received should send voters heading for the nearest electoral exit. That is, unless the community wants to buy in to an organization that considers environmental concerns “gangrene.” They spell it somewhat differently, but that’s their message. ATP’s reputation under the “Western” name required some Clorox Cleaner. No amount of bleach, however, will remove the stains that this organization leaves wherever it shows up.
ATP also claims that regulation causes premature death. No kidding. There’s more lunacy like that on their website.
Their absolutism on property rights puts them in the camp of No Regulations, reminiscent of Bonnie Finley’s entire campaign and the regular rants of a few Times-Call bloggers over the city’s Land Use (Title 15) Code.
Longmont has a choice. It can move forward. Or it can continue the retreat of 2009. The world has changed since 1950, 1970, 1990, 2000. Longmont can face that, or it can be left behind.