Jerome Block, candidate for the Public Regulation Commision, is a Democrat, and Democrats generally claim that theirs is the party that represents the working man, the common man. They cast the GOP as the party of rich fat cats and spoiled second-generation politicians born with silver spoons in their mouths — like George W. Bush (but not Al Gore, naturally).
But now we have Jerome H. Block, Jr., Democrat, son of a prominent New Mexico politician, dismissing his Green Party opponent Rick Lass in a way that sounds, well, not very democratic (in the small-d sense). An article in today’s New Mexican, “Block brushes off debate challenge,” quotes Block as saying, “I do not intend my campaign schedule to be influenced by a minor party candidate who had to be ‘drafted to run.’ ” The Green Party may indeed by a “minor party” but considering that Lass is Block’s only challenger in the race, it seems rather arrogant to refuse to allow his campaign schedule to be influenced by him. What campaign schedule does he need, anyway, if he considers his only opponent beneath consideration, and himself in effect unopposed?
But it gets even better. “”You and your supporters tout you as the ‘qualified candidate,’ ” Block writes in a letter to Lass, “While there is nothing wrong with your real life experiences and employment as a pizza delivery person and a food market clerk, I do not feel it qualifies you to be a PRC commissioner.” Ouch.
Now there’s a good Democrat, a representative of the ordinary working stiff, looking down his patrician nose at an opponent who has had to work at working-class jobs for a living, but who as far as we know, has been a law-abiding citizen — unlike some Democrats we know.