I don’t know Lisa Wilson-Foley, but her campaign is starting to make her look flimsy and tacky. And campaigns are supposed to make you look better than you are.
Her latest move has been bailing on her WNPR interview. You’d think a golf course manager could keep a tee time, but Wilson-Foley chickened out because the promos mentioned her Rowland connection. Everybody who goes through Mr. Dankosky’s political interviews knows two things (a) he’s going to bring up the uncomfortable question and (b) he’s going to move on and give you lots of chances to exhibit your thinking on other topics, assuming you have any. So what big boys and big girls do is sit up straight and get through the part where the doctor says “This is going to hurt a little.” (Tip: it hurts even more if you drag it out. Bysiewicz managed to extend the most uncomfortable part of her conversation by appearing to suggest that she has never sought the office of governor when in fact she has done so twice. This made it difficult to move on from that topic and get to the incredibly spontaneous cascade of positive phone calls, which included more plants than the average nursery operation.)
Anyway, Wilson-Foley didn’t want to face even a few bars of the music, so she turned tail and fled. Let me helpfully compile a list of interviewers who will NOT ask her about Rowland. Well, there’s Rowland, but that one’s off the table. Dunaway, Vicevich, Brad Davis. Hmmmm. Somebody in Waterbury. Who else am I missing? There should be nine if we’re fielding a softball team.
Let me conclude by saying that the Wilson-Foley campaign has also been indulging in the time-worn dishonorable practice of the whispered smear against an opponent. It’s a tough thing to talk about without repeating the smear which, in this case, is wild speculation as opposed to anything even slightly based in fact. They should stop. It’s disgusting. It’s on page 8 of the old Rowland playbook too.
As I say, I don’t know this woman. But her campaign is that of a lightweight with few principles.