The following Op-Ed was submitted by Christy Zito. Note: Op-Eds do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of those at the Idaho Dispatch.
Tonight is a little bittersweet for me. I loved being in the legislature for the past six years.
I could serve the people of this state forever. However, I do not believe that is how this beautiful republic of ours is supposed to work. I will continue to serve the people of Idaho on the “outside” and look forward to doing so for years to come.
Upon her retirement, Rep Maxine Bell, who served for many years in the Idaho capitol, told me the only mistake she made was she stayed too long. She retired just before he husband passed away.
I had promised three terms, and I kept that promise.
Tonight I want to express gratitude to those who are counting the minute, who will not sleep tonight, who will be waiting in earnest anticipation of the election results tomorrow.
My friends have worked so hard and run clean campaigns. They should be congratulated and held in the highest esteem for that.
This election cycle has been so dirty. The lies and deception have been heartbreaking. Those who cannot win on policy have lowered the bar so low they give Washington D.C. politics a run for their money. It’s sad that these candidates, some who may win their races, are asking for our trust based on lies and dirty politics.
To my friends who have campaigned hard and done so honorably, you are already winners. You have kept your integrity. When you face God, I am confident he will say, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.”
To those who engaged in the politics of filth, directly or not, using your own campaign or a Political Action Committee, your hands are not clean. As my aunt Marcetta would say, “Shame on you!”
Candidates who have taken the dirty political road, you have lost your soul.
Tags: Christy Zito, Dirty Politics