Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Politics 101 in City of Lake Worth. When election results come in on March 13th: How to win and how to lose.

When a candidate loses an election it’s customary to call the winner and offer your congratulations that evening following the official election results, or shortly thereafter, send the winner a congratulatory message.

But something very sad happened here in this little City of Lake Worth on March 15th, 2016.

Commissioner Andy Amoroso was the only winning candidate on the ballot that year to receive a call from a challenger congratulating him on winning the election that night. That call was made by Mr. Frank McAlonan (see image below), Amoroso’s opponent in a very hard-fought and well, let’s call it a ‘spirited’ race and leave it at that.

Note that it’s also acceptable to write a formal concession to the winner of the election, if one wishes to:
noun, “the act of conceding or yielding, as a right, a privilege, or a point or fact. . .”
And also note from Politics 101, very briefly, it’s very bad form to point fingers or blame a newspaper beat reporter for ones campaign loss:
“[I]n fact, Kevin Thompson lied in two of his articles about trying to contact me”
You see, Commissioner Scott Maxwell was not as fortunate as Commissioner Amoroso or another election campaign winner back in 2016, Mayor Pam Triolo, getting congratulatory messages from their opponents in a hard-fought race.

Maxwell’s opponent in the 2016 election for District 1 was Mr. Ryan Hartman. What Hartman did instead was something entirely different than all the others who lost their elections. Read more about Hartman’s ‘concession’ from two years ago below.

Following the official election results
on March 15th, 2016.

Click on image to enlarge:
Scene from that election night: Mayor Pam Triolo, Vice Mayor Maxwell, and Commissioner Amoroso.

The election results from March 15th, 2016.
Although Mr. McAlonan lost to Commissioner Amoroso he received the most votes of any challenger, in fact, McAlonan got 365 more votes than Mr. Hartman.

Now to Politics 101: How not to write a concession following an election loss.

Note: Please refer to the footnote section below which cites false and/or misleading statements.

From Facebook [with emphasis added]: “I may have lost the election* [Mr. Ryan Hartman conceded], but I consider the experience a huge win. I raised under $6000 and didn’t use a penny of it to smear my opponent. Mr. Maxwell raised almost 60,000, (not counting the tens of thousands spent by PACS§) and used it to spread lies and hate about me being violent, celebrating police deaths, encouraging people to kill the police‖, and wanting to destroy this beautiful city. The media began the campaign by refusing to refer to me as anything but an Anarchist and Earth First!er,§ denying I had any substance and ignoring the fact that my opponent spends time with white supremacists§ (even though he admitted it to the PB Post§). By the end of the campaign, they refused to even call me for interviews (in fact, Kevin Thompson lied in two of his articles about trying to contact me§). Two days before the election, the majority of my ‘team’ dropped me like a bad habit to focus on another challenger, and my friends in the radical community stepped it up big time, passing out over 4000 letters and waving signs at every polling place. Despite this uphill battle, almost 1,900 people were able to think for themselves and cast a vote for me. To all of you and to the volunteers who stuck with me: I am stronger now than ever before and I’m not going anywhere. Let’s get s■■■** done!!!”

Footnote section:

*Not “may”. Hartman lost to Vice Mayor Scott Maxwell.
False: Hartman raised $8,229 (per G3 treasurer report dated 3/14).
False: Maxwell raised $52,145 (per G3 treasurer report dated 3/14).
All the aforementioned claims by the Maxwell campaign were true; in fact, Hartman publicly apologized for hateful comments.
**Definition of  “s■■■” — 1: usually vulgar: feces. 2: an act of defecation.

Meet Mr. Ryan Hartman:
Hartman prior to becoming a candidate. He “got to talk about Anarchism to a jury!” And later. . .

Some couldnt contain their excitement when Hartman became a candidate. That is, until the election results came in.