CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE -- In an effort to clean up politics and give residents a campaign they can feel good about, Senator Jeff Van Drew recently proposed running a completely positive campaign.
In response to the idea, opponent Susan Adelizzi-Schmidt and her running mates flatly refused, making it clear they intend to run a negative campaign.
"Trying to improve the way our campaigns are run should be the easiest decision any of us running for office makes," said Senator Van Drew. "I and Assemblymen Nelson Albano and Bob Andrzejczak are ready to make that commitment to our constituents. Our residents will not be served by a negative campaign that relies on 'gotcha' politics and doctored photos, videos and soundbites. They should get a campaign that is truly positive, in word and deed."
Van Drew said voters should get a campaign in which candidates actually make a case for themselves and ask for residents' support, instead of the typical tactics of trying to tear down opponents with personal attacks.
Van Drew said his proposal would strike a different tone and set a precedent for the power of positive campaigning in state politics. He said the campaign could have become a statewide model for other candidates to follow.
Adelizzi-Schmidt previously refused Van Drew's offer to ban yard signs from this year's campaign, and to donate the money that would have been spent on their production to various local charities.
"An agreement to conduct ourselves over the next five months without one cent spent toward negative attacks -- personal or otherwise -- or wasteful yard signs would certainly send a message of reform more than anything else," said Van Drew. "It is disappointing and distasteful that Susan Adelizzi-Schmidt and her running mates are more interested in listening to their political handlers than the people here at home."
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