Unsuccessful candidates still whining about losses

‘Call the Tune’ by Mike Anthony

By Mike Anthony

The April 4 election is long over, but some unsuccessful candidates can’t seem to let it go.

The voters have spoken and their word is final.

Yet almost on a daily basis, we see some of the unsuccessful candidates whining on social media about their “unfair” treatment at the hands of the “biased,” “one-sided” press or the uninformed voters or whomever.

Boo-hoo.

Whatever happened to being gracious in defeat and accepting the will of the voters?

Some former candidates are moaning about election losses that occurred as far back as six years ago — never mind the fact they would have made horrible elected officials. Please consider a polite bit of advice: Get over it!

Yet in their social media posts, their defeats are the fault of everyone else — not themselves or the poor political campaigns that they ran full of empty rhetoric, a lack of specifics about what they would do if elected and a demonstrated inability to make data-driven decisions.

Why don’t you take a good, long look at yourself in the mirror and take responsibility for your defeat?

Many of their social media posts contain inaccurate, if not downright defamatory, statements, and are very indicative of the type of elected official they would have been — self-serving and serving special interests — not the public at large.

Over the years, we’ve seen many, many bitter defeated candidates who couldn’t get past the fact they didn’t receive this newspaper’s endorsement.

Oh well, every election cycle some of the candidates we endorse are elected and others are not. That’s just the way it works.

We can’t say we have a lot of sympathy for those who continue to make posts on social media whining about their defeats and attacking those whom they consider responsible for their unsuccessful candidacies.

But that apparently is the “beauty” of social media — you don’t have to perform any research, you don’t have to be accurate and you can attack anyone with whom you don’t agree.

If you’re sincere about wanting to serve the public — not just special interests — instead of whining, complaining and feeling sorry for yourself, why don’t you start planning your next campaign?

Filing for the April 3 election will begin Tuesday, Dec. 12.

Good luck!