When your campaign tanks, blame it on the newspaper
by Dick Yarbrough
MDJ Columnist
July 26, 2010 02:38 PM | 1670 views | 5 5 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dick Yarbrough
Dick Yarbrough
Bill Borden ran one of the weirdest campaigns for public office I have ever witnessed. He lost. He blamed his loss on the Marietta Daily Journal. Yeah, right.

The man has his vehicles registered in Alaska and doesn’t take the time or effort to have them transferred to Cobb County, where he lives and does business. He compounds that mistake by showing up for a debate and backing his pickup truck against a wall so that nobody will see the Alaska tag and then plays hide-and-seek with an MDJ photog-rapher and mushes out of the garage like one of his Iditarod Huskies.

Borden also operated a business, Real Estate Central Inc., out of his home in Kennesaw without a business license for about 15 years.

And this guy wanted to be on the Cobb County School Board? We don’t have enough clowns in the circus al-ready?

What part of his problems were caused by the MDJ? Should they not ask questions as to why someone who lives in Georgia and does business in Georgia would be driving around with Alaska car tags on their vehicles? That is not newsworthy?

And to operate a business without a business license? That’s not of public interest?

Most disappointing were the comments of Dr. John Abraham, who has decided life is too short to serve more than one term on the CCSB. I have a great respect for the man but found his comments truculent. "I was disappointed at the way he was treated by the paper. I think it wasn’t a fair assumption, I mean if you want to be an attack dog, you should be an attack dog equally, to everybody,” he said. He sounds like a guy who put his money on the wrong dog sled.

The MDJ an “attack dog?” What did the paper do wrong? They reported the facts. Borden was his own worst en-emy.

The man ran a lousy campaign and got his butt beat. Don’t blame that on the paper. Blame that on the voters.

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James Stoll
August 01, 2010
Don't you understan. This is the modern way for all those who serve in elected public office. The first thing he or she must do whenever he or she does something stupid is to find someone else to blame. Accepting personal responsibility for your actions is no longer considered to be an appropriate action.BGGU
July 27, 2010
What is even more weird are each and every one of the individuals who voted for Mr. Borden!
July 27, 2010
All I can say is thank the good Lord this man will not have a seat on our school board. What a disaster that would have been.
Pat H
July 26, 2010
Thankfully, the MDJ still reports the necessary news in a fair and impartial manner. The MDJ reporter hiding in the parking deck to catch a picture of the license plate was priceless.
Be Careful
July 26, 2010
The utter failure of Bordens campaign not only shines light on Borden himself, who has turned out to be somewhat of a snake oil salesman.

More importantly, to the citizens of Kennesaw, it shows how inept their Mayor is.

Mark Mathews was Bordens campaign co-chair.

The whole thing was a comedy of errors that could have been avoided if ANYONE bothered to check some facts and make sure things were in order.

Nobody did any of that.

We are all glad the voters saw through Bill. Now they need to remember and vote in a new Mayor.
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