I’ve made every effort to not respond to flagrant lies, misrepresentations of my character and hurtful insults.
This is different.
This fell into the hands of one of my children and she saw a side of the world she wasn’t ready for.
Yesterday, I received a mailing filled with shameful misrepresentations and blatant lies. I was relieved that I was the one who got the mail and not one of my children. Unfortunately, later in the day, my daughter Grace found it on my desk and immediately began asking what some of the words meant and why someone would say these things.
We sat down and I proceeded to walk through the “Fette Fact Check” and explain line by line what was being implied and what happened or in some cases, never occurred.
Enclave Block Party
As a kid growing up in Woodlyn Hills, the highlight of our block party was the parade that was led by the firetrucks and ambulances. The most recent Lakemont “Parade around the Pond” was modeled after those block parties from when my husband and I were kids. The Fire Department brought ambulances and firetrucks and the Public Works department brought a snow plow for the kids to see up close and sit in.
While walking door to door in the Enclave, the newest subdivision in Erlanger, a resident invited myself and Tyson Hermes to their block party. The firefighters were also extended an invitation to this block party, similar to what’s been done for other neighborhoods for decades – it is community outreach that is offered out by our Fire Chief.
Something so innocent and productive can easily be twisted for personal gain.
Erlanger Mayoral Candidate Forum
I continued to explain to Grace the candidate forum that was held at the library a couple of weeks ago where I was asked the question “How would you as mayor deal with 12 different personalities?” I gave an answer talking about how I worked to gain consensus from council on the Stevenson Road Story Map project. I talked about the importance of education and transparency not only with government officials but also our citizens; and walked through what took place to make this project possible.
Not only was this statement on the mailer not in the spirit of what I stated, it’s not even a direct quote. You can watch the question and my response in the video below.
In addition, from the day my website went live, I’ve stated my commitments to current council members, as referenced below.
Life Lessons from Ugly Rhetoric
The hardest thing to explain to Grace was that the final two items were total lies. She couldn’t grasp why someone would fabricate something about her mother.
We can’t control the actions and words of other people. In times of trial and suffering we must learn to rise above; to constantly be driven by our faith, our strong morals and our family values; to always put truth and honesty over personal gain.
I was told in the beginning of my campaign that I was making myself and my family a target. I underestimated that threat. I have been lied about, assaulted, threatened, belittled and disrespected throughout this campaign. I have had people that I called friends turn on me. Before every action I take with my campaign, I have to ask myself, “how could this be used against me.”
Despite the negativity, nothing compares to the love, support, and comfort that has surrounded me. I have made new friends who I would have never met if I hadn’t decided to run for mayor. I am constantly in awe of the humanity and gracious nature of the people of Erlanger.
If it is meant to be, it will be. I trust that God will push me in the right direction. I believe that if I can’t win on my own merit, then I don’t want to win.
I will continue to hold true to a clean campaign because that is what the Friendship City deserves and needs so desperately.