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Wednesday | October 23, 2002

Ha ha! Taylor to campaign for "decency"

I'm glad MT's Mike Taylor dropped out of the race. Except that now he's back. Not to win (didn't you hear? Had it not been for the "hairdresser" ad, he would be up 96-4 in the polls!), but to campaign for "decency":

As I left, my heart was on the verge of breaking, to see the great work of democracy reduced to the slime, lies, and misrepresentations.

I went home and I prayed -- for my family, my friends, and for all people of Montana who were hurt by the slanders and suggestions about me.

The message, then, became clear.

My campaign for Senate might be destroyed. My reputation might even be destroyed. But if I must go down, it should be for a good cause.


I prayed. I took hundreds of calls, emails, cards and letters from people who urged me to get back in the fight. And a scripture taken from Psalms 140:11 got stuck in my head and would not get out: "let no slander be established in the land."


After conferring with my wife, my children, my family, the decision was made that I must come back - not just because I want to be a Senator, but because I want to make a statement about decency.

To be clear: Taylor talks about "slime, lies, and misrepresentations". While I didn't agree with the hairdresser ad, it had nothing to do with "lies" or "misrepresentation". The charges in the ad were true, and the imagery used was shot and produced by Taylor himself. But he prayed, God talked to him, yadda yadda, and now he's going to campaign for "decency".

He can start by giving Georgia's Chambliss a call.

Posted October 23, 2002 12:49 AM | Comments (12)


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