I’ve Arrived, I’m Flattered, and When They Go Low, We Go High.

Got my first campaign “hate mail” yesterday. Someone using a nasty tone, saying that because I’m not a police or corrections officer with front-line experience, that I have no qualifications or right to run for Sheriff.

I used this as a teachable moment and responded with my experience, education, skills, and qualifications; taking my cue from somebody famous in similar circumstances and using this as an opportunity to inform, as I will continue to do. I don’t shrink from hard conversations, and I recognize this as the attempt at bullying that it was. Someone wants me to be unsure of myself; that won’t happen. And what that message also tells me is that someone is very threatened by what I have to say, and that’s good; it means I’m a legitimate contender, and one to be reckoned with, which I always knew. I’m also seeing my messaging and specific plans being “borrowed” elsewhere, and since imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, call me flattered; I’m glad my message is landing. I’m going to be saying some difficult things in the coming weeks, and posing some hard questions. The ACLU is reminding us that the only people that Sheriffs are accountable to are the voters, and many hard truths and realities have been kept from Hampshire County voters for years. There used to be an expression that went something like “If you’re not outraged, then you’re not paying attention.” Well, not quite…it’s hard to pay attention to situations and information that are purposely kept from us. Most correctional outsiders don’t know where to look so don’t know what questions to ask, and no one expects the average citizen to be a Corrections expert. And as long as nobody asks the hard questions, everything’s “fine.” Right?! Not exactly. Yes, this is fixable. But first we need to ask the hard questions, open the curtains and pick up the rugs that too many “situations” have been swept under. #KnowYourSheriff  #AskTheHardQuestions #KnowYourNextSheriff