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Candidates Owe Voters Civil Discourse

Thursday, Sep. 30, 2010

Granted it's a rough and tumble world out there when you are running for public office. Just witness the exchange New York gubenatorial candidate Carl Paladino had with reporters recently.

In a scene reminiscent of a mobster movie, the candidate took on a newspaper editor, wagging his finger and shouting pejorative terms.  A shoving match ensued, and like kids in a playground scuffle, the two had to be separated.

At the Ethics Center we have a phrase to help people understand the importance of their own actions. "Model the behavior you wish to see in others."

I can only hope that the people of New York will ignore this type of behavior, and demand civility on the campaign trail.


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