Who Knew that the Race for City Controller Could Be So Fun?

Brett Mandel is accusing his opponent, the incumbent Alan Butkovitz of push-polling. It works like this, you get a call from a “reputable polling firm” that starts asking you questions about political candidates, but paints one candidate in a very favorable light and smears the other. So you might be asked, “Would you be more or less likely to vote for Candidate A if you knew that he donates to charity and loves his mom?” Then, you would be asked, “Would you be more or less likely to vote for Candidate B if you knew he hates puppies and roots for the Mets?” He says Butkovitz has been doing this, which is illegal though standard practice (Thank you Karl Rove.) But then Mandel goes toe to toe Philly-style at the end. Alan, I teach my children to stand up and take responsibility for their actions. First, I want you to take responsibility for what your campaign did and come apologize to my children for spreading underhanded smears about their father. Then, if you have something to say about me or my campaign, follow the law and take credit for your words…better yet, say it to my face. Ok, so I think demanding that he apologize to your kids is a little over the top, but I like the pro wrestling style “Say it to my face” line. Let’s get ready to rumble!

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