Omar accused Maczka of accomplishing nothing during her term on council, of putting her service on city council "on cruise control" for two years waiting to become mayor.
Maczka accused Omar of having his eye on the mayor's seat for at least two years; of being "beholden to unions and special interests"; of being more a "community organizer" than a president, er, mayor; of having an approach to governing of "ready, fire, aim."
So much for running positive, uplifting campaigns. After the jump, other examples of both candidates and their supporters trying to ruin their opponents' reputations, and as a result, risking ruin of their own.
A week or two ago, Amir Omar mailed a glossy brochure to voters in which he questioned Laura Maczka's motives.
Really? Does Omar not think that Maczka has the best interest of Richardson at heart?If you believe we need a Mayor who will work for what's in the best interest of Richardson -- and not for the benefit of a few politicians at City Hall -- then I would be honored to have your vote on May 11.
Source: Amir Omar mailer.
Laura Maczka has the backing of the Richardson Coalition PAC. She has said she is proud to have their support. She and the PAC also share the same campaign consultant, so it's reasonable to infer that the Richardson Coalition PAC's own glossy brochures would not be odds with the interests of the Maczka campaign itself. The "Richardson Coalition 2013 Voters Guide - Senior Citizen Edition" questioned Amir Omar's motives.
Really? Does Maczka not think that Omar has the best interest of Richardson at heart?If elected mayor, he promises to be "more hands on," which we fear would lead to daily micromanagement for re-election purposes.
Source: Richardson Coalition mailer.
The Richardson Coalition PAC's mailer also makes allegations about Omar's personal finances (bankruptcy, child support, taxes) that Omar has said "are absolutely false, baseless, and misleading." Maczka herself endorsed these allegations in an email to her mailing list.
Source: Richardson Coalition PAC.
So, what's the truth about Omar's personal finances? The Richardson Coalition PAC has posted the court documents on its website, so readers can judge for themselves. The court documents show some truth behind the allegations. They also show that the Richardson Coalition PAC went beyond just laying out the facts in the court documents. Omar has not tried to explain himself, other than to flatly deny the allegations. Omar is damaged by silence. If he tries to explain away the allegations (that is, if he even can) he only gives the allegations wider publicity. Damned if he does, damned if he doesn't. Good politics for Maczka either way. Not so good for Omar. Even worse for Omar's children, who now become collateral damage in the campaign to elect Maczka.
Both Omar's and the Richardson Coalition PAC's attacks were done in mailers, so it's reasonable to believe that they were done carefully, deliberately, and with forethought. Scott Dunn, a Richardson City Council member and supporter of Laura Maczka, expressed his own opinion in a Facebook/Twitter post. It's indicative of how this mayor's race is turning into a race to the bottom.
Both candidates, the city council, even the city itself, are at risk of emerging from this election with tarnished reputations. A Pyrrhic victory perhaps for the winner.