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.
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.
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.