Tommy Sowers ‘stretches the truth?’
For those of you who haven’t read it yet, Tommy Sowers wrote a letter to the Southeast Missourian to accusing Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson’s campaign of stretching the truth, saying he is running a “fact-based campaign” and that the Emerson campaign should “do their own fact-checking.” Of course, as it was a letter from Tommy, something had to go awry. We got a good chuckle out of the juxtaposition between the letter’s title – “Sowers: A fact-based campaign” – and the editor’s note that follows it, which (to heighten the irony) ends with the priceless sentence, “Information in the letter below is inaccurate.”
What happened? A rookie, Tommy forgot to heed his own advice to check facts before making a statement. After railing on the Emerson campaign for a lighthearted remark about his fundraising travails – an Emerson spokesperson noted that he had “made trips to both coasts for fundraisers” – he immediately went on to engage in the same kind of behavior he had just admonished by slamming the Emerson campaign for two out-of-state fundraisers. The problem? Congresswoman Emerson had not been at either of the fundraisers that Tommy named.
You know what they say about people in glass houses throwing stones…
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