Voters frustrated with campaign "pains"

By Dal Cannady - bio | email

HINESVILLE, GA (WTOC) - The ladies of Hinesville's Red Hat Society gathered at Poole's Monday for their regular meeting. They said they're seeing red these days, not from their hats, but from the political season they want to end. For many, it starts with the ads.

"The thing that bothers me the most is the candidates say they're going to do this or they're going to pass this," stated Diana Willis of Ludowici. "If they don't have the backing of the legislature, they can't do any of what they're promising to do."

"I listened to the people who spoke themselves and said what their plans are as opposed to the ones who just picked on the other one," explained Gail Colbert of Hinesville.

But something else has her upset.

"The phone calls at home. I've had three before I left the house this morning at 10:45. I've never had less than 8 a day. That's been going since early October," she vented.

Other voters at Poole's around lunchtime shared the ladies' frustration with candidates and campaigns that they say have been a "pain" this season.

"Anything that went wrong, they blame the other candidate. Anything that went right, they take all the credit and we know that isn't how it works," added Barbara Pilkinton.

One local politician, seated nearby, worried all the in-civility will scare people away from running for office in the first place.

"For people just learning to vote, I know it's difficult for them to make a decision which is the right way to go," noted Hinesville City Council member Kenneth Shaw.

One of the Red Hat ladies had her own answer.

"I voted for a couple of candidates I wanted, one an incumbent and one a challenger. The rest, I looked down the list and found the women's names." said Bonnie Minchey. "I think ladies need a chance. We've had the men long enough handling our business."

Whether Republican or Democrat, none in the society want to hear "run-off" Wednesday morning.

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