Wunderkind goes for teetotaler vote

What is it with local political candidates booting LEO from their Twitter accounts?

On this occasion, former state house candidate Mike Slaton said he was going to un-follow us on the social networking site over the daily “reasons to drink” blog by our Bar Belle. Maybe the über-liberal is giving a wink to more conservative voters for a future bid.

From Twitter-land:

In the May primary, Slaton lost to 27-year incumbent Tom Riner, a conservative Democrat who retained his 41st House District seat in the general election. Despite being considered a long shot, Slaton’s candidacy caught our attention.

From LEO:

And it’s hard not to like Mike. A University of Louisville graduate, Slaton’s boyish countenance (he’s 28) belies a deep, enthusiastic knowledge of the factors impacting the district, chief among them a lack of access to public transportation and fresh, quality food, which he considers a civil right.

Running on a platform of increased spending in the social sector, funding for arts and education, environmental conservation, green technology investment and prison reform was worthwhile, but Slaton only received 38 percent of the vote and won only a handful of precincts.

Given those leftward leanings, it is a bit of a wonder why he took a swipe at our nightlife guru for a handful of Tweets about the daily reasons to imbibe. For what it’s worth, we hope his zealous play at Prohibition sentiments (see: The Untouchable’s Eliot Ness or Boardwalk Empire’s Nelson Van Alden) works out as a wedge issue. Being against the evils of beer and liquor certainly has played well for local elected officials before.

If not, we’re waiting on the conspicuously absent LOL.


  1. E Fitzgibbons
    Posted November 9, 2010 at 4:06 pm | Permalink

    In addition to issues including “increased spending in the social sector, funding for arts and education, environmental conservation, green technology investment and prison reform,” Mike was vocally passionate about the need for treatment for–as opposed to incarceration of–those with substance abuse problems throughout his primary run. A position worth admiring rather than lambasting, in my opinion.

  2. Phillip M. Bailey
    Posted November 9, 2010 at 4:07 pm | Permalink

    Listing a candidate’s positions isn’t by itself criticizing those positions.

  3. E Fitzgibbons
    Posted November 9, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Permalink

    Nor is saying he’d rather not see a daily list of reasons to drink a zealous position.

  4. Puhn Tang
    Posted November 10, 2010 at 10:40 am | Permalink

    Maybe just another case of the great divide between some gay boys and some gay girls? And, politicians who consider “fresh, quality food a civil right “? Now I have my daily reason to drink, beyotch.

  5. SSG. Joe Meek
    Posted February 8, 2011 at 8:56 am | Permalink

    I dig Gay chicks!

  6. SSG. Joe Meek
    Posted February 14, 2011 at 5:11 am | Permalink

    Mike Slaton is sort of a doooosh!
    How in the hell is a fellow supposed to govern,
    without knowing the days reason to drink?

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  1. By Today’s Reason To Gimme A Break – BarBelle on November 10, 2010 at 10:07 am

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