This is Mike Wiggins’s yard sign. I don’t actually see any in yards around Macon, but they are all up and down the rights of way — something a judicial candidate should be wary of doing considering it is a misdemeanor crime.
Now, I’ll probably vote for Mike Wiggins in the election — after all, I’m a Republican and I tend to vote for Republican candidates. “Wait, Erick,” you say, “it’s a nonpartisan race.”
Well, it should be nonpartisan. But Mr. Wiggins has decided to lock, stock, and copy the Bush-Cheney logo. The sign is identical in styling except the star field is now in the shape of Georgia. That says a couple of things to me.
First, it says that there is a lack of originality in this campaign. Instead of coming up with a unique campaign image, they’ll just copy the President’s.
Second, it says that Wiggins is, at a basic level, willing to mock the nonpartisan nature of judicial campaigns in Georgia. I speak only for myself, but I think if we are to have elections for judges instead of an appointments process, nonpartisan elections are the way to go. And this sign reads “I’m the Republican in the race.”
Look, I’m helping a friend run for judge. And given his background, we could very easily turn it into a partisan affair. In fact, two people in the race have — one going so far as to register for the race *as a Democrat*. But these races are suppose to be nonpartisan and I think they should be run that way. I feel very strongly about that.
I realize to get traction in a statewide nonpartisan primary, you almost have to affiliate with either the Democrats or Republicans. It otherwise is very, very difficult to pick off a sitting member of either the Court of Appeals or the Supreme Court.
But Wiggins could do it in a more original way than copying George Bush’s campaign logo. I call “party foul” on that one.