I had a text message today, asking me if I’ve seen ‘the tweet?’
Quizzically, “I replied I have no idea what you’re talking about.” And I was enlightened. Boy, was I ever enlightened.
A reader quickly sent a link to a tweet by Larry Kurtz. And it was little wonder I hadn’t seen it, because I block Larry’s twitter account & comments, as they will often contain bigotry, misogyny, profanity or some other form of hate speech. So, an offensive tweet? No big shocker knowing the source.
But when I looked at it – then came the shocker.
Typical gutter trash from Kurtz, but the comment was favorited by Democratic Party Secretary of State Candidate Angelia Schultz herself.
Really? The best and brightest that the Democrat party had to offer for Secretary of State is a mean girl in the tradition of Regina George? Seriously? What else should we expect from Angelia, a burn book talking smack about other politicos?
Angelia Schultz might be an author of juvenile fiction, but for her to approve of catty comments with regard to her opponent as she did makes her seem if she operates at that level of mentality and pettiness. And against another woman no less.
Having five daughters, several of whom have an interest in politics, I think it’s a good thing for them to see women achieve in leadership positions and the political arena, on either side of the aisle. These are role models for them to emulate. And to see a female candidate running for office deride another in competition for the same position based on an opinion of attractiveness, it seems tremendously petty. And small.
Do you see Susan Wismer comparing her looks to Dennis Daugaard? Or Rick Weiland claiming better hair than Mike Rounds? No. It’s beyond ridiculous. But such is the territory Angelia apparently operates in.
I asked Shantel Krebs what she thought of all of this, and she noted:
I’m focusing my campaign on things I believe most voters care about; like who has the most experience and leadership qualities for the job. It’s unfortunate that politics today has come to a climate where some believe ridicule and denigration is what sways voters. We’re lucky to live in a state like South Dakota where most people see through that.
It’s bad enough when misogyny & pettiness passes as commentary from someone like Larry Kurtz. It’s made far far worse when it’s endorsed by a candidate such as Angelia Schultz.