“In the priorities of life, family is first and politics is second. I would have made a different decision,” Amann said of Malloy’s decision to remain in the gubernatorial race.
Okay, a few things.
First, why is this Jim Amann’s business? I honestly don’t know. I’m not sure it’s anyone’s business but Dan Malloy’s.
Second, there’s a general consensus that family members should be off-limits, but campaigns do ignore that unwritten rule from time to time. Both Sarah Palin’s family and Michelle Obama came under attack during the 2008 election, for instance. The effect then was their detractors just ended up looking petty: voters don’t seem to form a judgment about a candidates based on the candidate’s family.
So what’s Jim Amann up to, here? It seems like shaking a finger at Dan Malloy for not taking care of his family is bound to backfire, if the public even takes notice of it at all at this early, early date.