A smear campaign?
In an early press release from Susan Acree, she accused Roger Hartman of running a “smear campaign.” In yet another, she talks about defeating another “savvy campaigner” in Tony Page in the last election.
Now, I’ve been following these campaigns closely and I haven’t heard one personal attack against Susan Acree by Roger Hartman. As a matter of fact, the only time he ever brings her up is when directly asked about her job as assessor. Even then, while direct, he is polite and respectful.
Ms. Acree, on the other hand, does not run on a good record. There are over-assessed values, mismanagement internally, the inability to keep staff and denial of public access to public records. These are all points Roger makes about Ms. Acree’s record, and all are fair game when running against an incumbent. Roger is running on her record because she doesn’t dare.
I find it particularly interesting that she’s accused Roger of running a smear campaign, when she is the queen of smear campaigns. Remember Tony Page? She impugned that man’s reputation by falsely accusing him of looking up porn on a county computer. Those accusations were proven false, but too late for Tony’s campaign run. You’d think shame and the exposition of her lack of character would have kept her out of this race.
Look for Ms. Acree to dodge the issues during these last few days of the campaign and retain her title of the Queen of Smear, while Roger stays on the high road looking to fix a problem that’s long overdue.
Roger Hartman has the business acumen, leadership qualities, a solid record of understanding property values and a sense of fairness. This is who we need running the assessor’s office.