Political spin

Published 4:14 pm Friday, May 18, 2018


I was somewhat amused at a comment by Mr. Kamen in his letter to the editor “Confessions of a delegate” in the May 9 issue of the Herald. As a former Republican candidate for the Virginia Legislature and supporter of several Democratic candidates I consider myself fairly neutral.

I have never met and know little about Leslie Cockburn, but I do know about political “spin.” To portray someone who worked 35 years as producer of “60 Minutes” making, I’m sure, a very large salary as a “small farmer near Cville [sic]” is a little ludicrous. There are horse farms, wineries, country estates, and otherwise very expensive real estate around Charlottesville that only the very wealthy can purchase and maintain.

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Mr. Kamen, please don’t insult our intelligence by trying to portray Ms. Cockburn as a small farmer. We have many of those here in southside Virginia, and they deserve our praise for hard work and dedication, not as spin for a political agenda.

Scott M. Harwood