Representative Joe Heck (R-NV3) candidate for the Nevada Senate seat in this election reveres the secret ballot, and tells constituents it’s nobody’s business who he’ll vote for in the upcoming presidential election. [RGJ] While this is an honorable position, it doesn’t answer a crucial question. Is Heck supporting Donald J. Trump?
One of the problems for down ballot candidates who are associated with a presidential contender who has insulted 282 people, places, and things during this season, is how to finesse the prospects. There are several ways and Heck’s about to try them all.
“I will vote for the candidate of my party.” OK, however the fact that you can’t say the name out loud indicates a level of discomfort not usually a function of the normal campaign process.
“I will endorse but I will not support…” And what on Earth might this mean? Let’s guess it means I begrudgingly offer my official endorsement for my party’s candidate but don’t expect me to defend or explain the candidate’s campaign messages, and for Heaven’s Sake don’t put me on the same stage with him.
“I endorse my party’s candidate fully…” Until he or she does something so egregious I can’t stomach it and the poll numbers are cratering?
“I cannot endorse my party’s candidate…” Usually announced after the top of the ticket does something egregious and the poll numbers have cratered.
“I won’t tell you who I’m voting for and you can’t find out.” True. No one will ever know, and you can pray heartily that the candidate never finds out how you voted unless you voted for him, and the candidate’s fervent supporters will never find out you didn’t vote for him, or the candidate’s detractors in your own party never find out either way. Good luck with that, because when you finally announce how you cast your ballot no one is going to believe you.
And why should they? – you’ve been as ‘transparent’ as Donald Trump’s tax returns.