South Portland City Council candidate Ernie Stanhope recently posted an Internet meme on Facebook that states the word “liberal” is an acronym for “lazy ignorant bastard exuding racism and lies.”
The City Council is nonpartisan. If I’ve got a pothole on my street that needs fixing and I can’t get help from City Hall, I don’t care whether my councilor is a conservative, a liberal, a centrist, or apolitical; I do care that he’ll listen to all of his constituents, no matter who they are or how they’re enrolled.
Referring to a large segment of the population as “lazy ignorant bastards exuding racism and lies” does not convince me that Stanhope will listen to citizens whose views differ from his own.
We deserve a councilor who will work for all of us, not just some of us. Hateful rhetoric has no place in city government and should be rejected by the voters.