Republican Hank Myers concedes, maybe he should have worded his mailer a bit differently.
Myers is running in the 48th legislative district for state Representative, and sent out a flyer accusing his opponent Democrat Cyrus Habib of being too closely linked to the political action group Fuse. The mailer says Habib would “support their ‘vision’ of more taxes, more government, more partisanship.”
It’s the “vision” word in quotations that Habib took as a jab. Habib is blind. “I know, classy, right?” Habib writes in an e-mail to his supporters.
For his part, Myers says he was quoting Fuse’s endorsement, which is why he put the word vision in quotation marks. In an April endorsement, Fuse wrote, “Cyrus would bring a much-needed vision for a progressive future to the legislature.”
The Fuse press release also endorsed Bud Sizemore in the 47th (“This Bud’s for you,” Fuse writes) and Bob Ferguson for Attorney General (“How can you go wrong with an internationally-rated chess master?”).
“We were trying to have a light-hearted tone with most of these, as you can see from the descriptions,” said Collin Jergens with Fuse.
So is Fuse’s use of the word “vision” in an endorsement different from Myers’ use of the word in an attack mailer? “In hindsight, maybe we could have used the entire quote rather than just the word,” Myers told us.