So where to start here — certainly you can take a hint from Charlie Copeland’s effort to try to win by complaining enough. The party who insisted that money was speech and that you shouldn’t get in the way of generous people who want to fund campaigns is actually complaining that the Democrats in this race are playing by the rules the GOP fought for. Still, one of the things that Marino has been good at is campaigning on nothing. He is claiming to want to make changes to a school system, in spite of the fact that he actively worked against the recent Appoquinimink school referendum. Just imagine the kind of changes that someone who is looking to deprive kids of school resources would look like.
But while Charlie Copeland is complaining about the amount of money that Democrats have raised, one wonders why he is not asking Greg Lavelle (who runs the Marino PAC) to stop taking Marino campaign checks. Because if Lavelle is the Treasurer of the PAC and taking money for the campaign, that would be coordination, right? Right?
But take a look at these ads for fundraisers for Marino and note where the checks go:
Senator Greg Lavelle’s house.
If you aren’t coordinating, then you are sending the checks to your Treasurer OR you are sending the checks to a PO Box. You are not sending fundraiser checks to your PAC Lead, who can at least coordinate the Call Time List. What else can they be coordinating on?
Top that with the Friends of John Marino FB page, where plenty of folks have been trying to get Marino or his handlers to answer questions about his agenda for Delawareans. There are few answers, lots of railing against Democrats and deletion of questions that this page doesn’t like. Not a good look for someone who claims to want more transparency from Government.
Out on the doors, Marino volunteers are apparently leaving literature with a hind-signed note from Marino.
Now this is not the world’s biggest deal, of course. I’ve never knocked doors for anyone who asked us to leave literature pretending that the candidate was actually at the door, but maybe this is a GOP thing. It is typical to write on the lit “sorry we missed you, Mr or Ms XXXX), but not sign as though we were the candidate. But this is part of the pattern of two-facedness by this campaign, yes?
What does Marino stand for? He says he is against corruption.
Except he hasn’t dealt with his own insider deal of Greg Lavelle coordinating among both of his PACs AND the campaign. Certainly, he isn’t interested in answering the questions of potential voters in public — questions are shut down on FB and as far as I can tell, he has been in public via the one debate in Middletown AND his fundraisers. Because I know there are quite a few people in that District who want to know how a retired New Your police officer — with a cushy pension the rest of us certainly don’t have — squares his support of Right to Work with all of the union benefits he’s been a beneficiary of. Wouldn’t you like him to be transparent about that?
Delaware did get an F from the Center for Public Integrity for not having enough systems in place to deter ethics transgressions. But when you look at what they graded us on, there is nothing here that Marino is proposing that even begins to address any of those issues. Nothing. So this is of a piece — a GOP candidate who is mainly running on having a bad attitude, but not running on any ideas that might actually help us or improve the government.
Contrast that with Stephanie Hansen who is running on ideas and a track record of getting big ideas done.
John Marino is basically looking to make sure that Delaware’s government run — joining Colin Bonini who can’t rouse himself enough to actually vote for a budget, much less be a part of the process (except to be ready for goodies for his District). We know that the governing challenges will be huge this year — let’s make sure that the candidate with an actual track record of corruption and secrecy doesn’t get a chance to impose that on any of us.
h/t for many of these images and some of this info to Peter Briccotto.