Election campaigns are rife with low blows nowadays. They probably always were.
Not surprising then, that it didn't take long before the mudslinging began in the riding of Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley.
It came in the form of a weekend 'news release' from the Liberal camp that extolled the virtues of local candidate Jim Burrows and his party while vilifying the performance of the Conservatives.
OK, that's to be expected. Some of the comments may even be true.
But Burrows also stated in the release that "I did not spend my whole life scheming to get elected."
Scheming? As in calculating or conniving? That's a little strong, isn't it?
He didn't name anyone. Apparently, the Liberal camp figured that readers could figure out whom he was referring to if only media outlets were gullible enough to print the release verbatim.
Of course, that's not going to happen at the Truro Daily News. We have no plans to print or post any political party's propaganda verbatim during the election campaign. We'll determine what is the news, thank you very much.
But we were intrigued enough to query Burrows about his "scheming" reference and he admitted he was speaking about incumbent Scott Armstrong. He also said it was "obvious" that Armstrong's focus for the past number of years was to become the Conservatives candidate and member of Parliament.
And if true, we ask, is that such a bad thing? Couldn't a case be made that many, if not all, politicians of every stripe have had a short-term or long-term plan to get themselves elected - Paul Martin, Jean Chretien, Stephen Harper and Brian Mulroney, et all, among them?
Is that scheming? Or is that setting a goal and seeing it through?
We believe there are enough issues to address in this riding that candidates don't have to resort to questioning the motives their opponents may have for seeking office.
If there is a need to criticize, then make a case based on performance and leave the personal attacks to American politicians.