A few years ago when Elizabeth Edwards announced that she had terminal cancer and John Edwards stood by her side to announce his "campaign would go on", I did a blog post that I'm still proud of. I called it a "New Low in Politics", that one moment told me all I needed to know about John Edwards. Anyone who would put a political race as more important than their wife has no business running for anything.
Which brings me back to a story we have been covering here this week with the emergence of Chris Wade in the Braddock District, a Republican who is running as a Democrat in order to get on the ballot against incumbent John Cook.
Chris is making the same argument to everyone who asks about his Democratic credentials. He says his wife Stacy Wade is a Democrat whose father worked as an undersecretary to Jimmy Carter and that Stacy would never allow him to run as a Democrat if he wasn't one.
I looked up Stacy's voting record and Chris is correct in saying she is a Democrat. Stacy has voted in three Democratic primaries and never in a Republican primary. (This is in contrast to Chris who has voted in multiple Republican primaries and NEVER in a Democratic one)
But my overall reaction to this is the same as John Edwards. Any person that would be under political fire and use their spouse as cover isn't just a bad candidate- they are a horrible person who shouldn't be near any public office.
Shame on you Chris- learn how to fight your own battles and don't drag your wife into this to avoid the scrutiny you deserve.