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Time out! It’s time for some of you extremely passionate supporters in the intense District 16 state Senate race to pause for a minute (or two) and regain some perspective. Or, at least we think so.
Some supporters of Democrat Mandy Powers Norrell were steamed when they saw her opponent, Republican Mick Mulvaney, the current District 45 House representative, photographed in the Carolina Gateway and The Lancaster News with a group of other guys mowing the shabby grass along U.S. 521 in the Panhandle, which the state said it couldn’t afford to cut. These Norrell supporters labeled it a political stunt by Mulvaney and company.
We feel confident there are some equally passionate Mulvaney supporters who are just chomping at the bit to criticize Norrell for her recent visit to Indian Land High School, where she presided as judge during a mock trial.
Let’s cut to the chase.
Both Mulvaney and Norrell clearly had political motivations for what they did. Mulvaney had a political sign attached to his tractor, and both candidates seemed to welcome the photo opportunity we offered them.
Isn’t this part of what serious candidates are supposed to do? To get out and interact with constituents? To show they care about their community? To press the flesh? To kiss babies?
We think so.
We aren’t so cynical that we think these actions were purely political. We’ve seen civic-minded actions from both Norrell and Mulvaney long before either was a candidate.
It would be a harsh judgment to suggest that neither of these candidates would have done these things if they weren’t seeking election.
More important than that, we think the real issues of an election can get overshadowed when hyper-passionate supporters dwell too much on the inconsequential actions of the other candidate.
We hope that won’t happen in this race.
We’d like for the Mulvaney/Norrell race to be one of substance – one where these two candidates focus on getting to know the people of District 16, and allowing the residents of the district to get to know them and how they stand on issues such as the economy, taxes, education and health care.
We hope the District 16 race won’t evolve into a sideshow, though we know many people in Lancaster County would sure have fun watching one.