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  1. Editorial: Campaign Promises Fade Fast

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    May 19, 2013 by wcobserver

    City Clerk Hungate takes the Oath.

    It’s a story as old as the stump speech; as predictable as a photo op and handshake.  The candidate for public office musters all his/her sincerity, looks the voter straight in the eye and makes a promise. It’s always something the voter wants to hear. Something the candidate hopes will drive the vote into her camp. Then, at some point after the election when the political emphasis turns from the pre election excitement to the mundane world of day-to-day governing the promise that seemed so useful in winning votes often becomes yesterdays news and is relegated to the back pages of public interest. It happens at every level of electoral politics. National politics, of course, gets the brightest spotlight on campaign promises and their breakage. Sometimes the public seems concerned, other times, not so much. It’s a moot issue anyway. The candidate got into office and one broken promise is not likely to unseat them.  It’s just part of the game. Local politics is a reflection of national politics. State houses, county courthouses and yes, city halls are not without their own campaign promise breakers. Take West Fork. for example.

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