Tuesday, April 22, 2008

What's A Lie?

I have to laugh at efforts by the campaign of Jim Schellinger to portray a campaign ad by Jill Long Thompson's campaign as misleading. Specifically, the ad says Schellinger "made millions lobbying to raise property taxes to pay for schools he designed." Now, here's the rub. The Thompson TV ad shows new school buildings that were designed by another architect, who happens to support Thompson. Schellinger's campaign can't dispute the fact that he has made millions designing public schools, which were financed by property taxes levied without a referendum. Does it really matter whether the schools shown in the ad were schools he specifically designed, particularly when Schellinger urged the legislature to adjourn this year without tackling property tax reform or requiring public referenda for major school construction projects? The Thompson campaign has apparently corrected the TV ad with the error being attributed to a photographer, but Schellinger is still preparing a response ad to it according to WISH-TV's Jim Shella. It seems to me that the lie in this story is Schellinger's claim that the underlying assertion by Thompson's campaign is untrue.


Indy4U2C said...

I was turned off by the way she lied about our Governor. She is a crook.

jabberdoodle said...

Because of all the griping I have heard from all over the County about property tax bills, I'd say anyone who votes for Schellinger is not voting in their best interest. Schools account for over half our bills - and debt is a big factor in their levies. Architects often get the job without having to place a bid, so their fees aren't particularly challenged in any way.

He's done nicely by school building projects. But the taxpayer needs some protection that at least the caps will remain in place come the new legislative session in 2009. I cannot imagine Schellinger holding that line at all.