We’ve been having an interesting discussion here about Bern Ewert’s mailings leading up to Saturday’s convention. He’s aggressively courting delegates pledged to opponent Al Weed for the Democratic nomination in the Fifth District, going so far as intimating that Weed has engaged in improper hiring practices of immigrants. The Daily Progress‘ conservative editorial board has noticed and, in a strong-worded editorial, the paper has all but endorsed Weed for the nomination:
Mr. Ewert’s delegate deficit has not stopped him from trying to convince a number of delegates to break their word, go back on their signed pledge of support for Mr. Weed and secretly cast a vote for him instead.
Mr. Ewert, who claimed in his mailings that he can win the Nov. 6 election against Mr. Goode, has not shown he can beat Mr. Weed.
He has shown a willingness to ask Democrats to ignore the pledge they signed when they were elected delegates promising “in all good conscience” to cast a vote for the candidate to whom they were pledged.
Fifth District Democratic Chairman Fred Hudson said he considers the signed pledge a moral obligation, something conveniently left out of a Ewert campaign mailing noting part of a quote from him to the effect that there was no party rule against it.
Mr. Ewert may have demonstrated that he lacks the personal grace, the ethical clarity and the campaign skills to beat Mr. Weed or Mr. Goode.
The Progress‘ readership is in areas heavily pledged to Weed, so I can’t see that this will make much of a difference in the results of Saturday’s event, but it’s certainly not going to help Ewert.