I’m a Wright McLeod supporter. I am confident that he is the most capable choice to represent the district’s interests in our nation’s capital. On the night of July 31, I realized the voters didn’t agree, to the tune of third place, trailing Lee Anderson and Rick Allen.
I’m shocked. I’m still trying to grasp how Wright McLeod, once declared the frontrunner, didn’t even finish in the top two. He is a solid conservative, the only veteran in the race, and has a sparkling educational pedigree.
This election is a testament to how this district has changed. We knowingly let two men into the runoff who regularly exchanged the lowest spot in debates over a man who was the consensus winner in every debate. How a man who doesn’t understand what the Federal Reserve is got more votes than a man with a master’s degree in public policy from Georgetown is not only surprising, but also unsettling. When a man who ran a clean campaign lost to one who populated the TV streams with negative ads, it speaks volumes.
So what does all of this mean? It means that we have lost touch with the very convictions that we try so hard to affirm – logic, intelligence and integrity.
That is the real tragedy.