Whisper Campaigns are a way that a candidate goes negative spreading false information while trying to distance themselves from the information. They are unethical and dirty, to say the least. When you sign up to run for office in Keller, you sign an ethics pledge stating you will not engage in whisper campaigns, along with a number of other items.
Well, seems the Debbie Bryan campaign has decided to break that pledge and start a whisper campaign against Bob Hill.
A few weeks ago, while doing some Google searches, I came across a website using a Google cache search that had the url
Electdebbiebryanv.com has a private whois, so you can’t see who registered it, but it was registered March 7th of this year, only days before I found the website.
On this website there was only one thing, a video, this video was produced to make Bob Hill look bad by taking things he said out of context and then placing a text box on the screen to further explain the producer’s point of view. It was a hatchet job.
I forwarded the video to Bob and some people in his campaign to make him aware of it, told him to make sure he had a response to it because the Bryan campaign would be releasing it.
Well, today I receive an email chain from the Bryan campaign, here is the jest of the whisper campaign.
From: Debbie Bryan <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: April 3, 2013, 9:14:20 PM CDT
To: Debbie Bryan <email@example.com>
Subject: FW: Hmmmm – video
Just got this video from a friend in north Keller. Very clever. Looks like someone wants people to know the truth. Hope you all get out and vote!!! J
Friends- Some of you may have already seen this but …it was forwarded to me this afternoon. It is a video of Bob Hill speaking in favor of higher density in North Keller during a city meeting. Also the council member who is supporting him in his quest to be on council is in the video. I think it is fair to say that some of his neighbors are NOT happy with him!
It then goes on to purportedly show that it was forwarded to her from a blank email address. The video I found on the web has since been taken down, trying to cover her tracks of the whisper campaign.
This is unethical, dirty and dishonest. And this person wants to be a City Councilperson in Keller? Does she think the citizens of Keller are in third grade? That we can’t figure out that her campaign produced the video?
Ms. Bryan needs to come and tell the truth, that her campaign produced this video and she is conducting an unethical whisper campaign, breaking her ethics pledge she signed when she signed the ethics document.
She also owes Bob Hill, and frankly the citizens of Keller an apology for running an unethical campaign.
I have been sitting on other items from her campaign supporters, including a former Mayor of Keller that is a Real Estate Broker who sells land to developers that states that he hates developers and infers I love them. Politics is a funny thing, and I will address this and other items in the days that come.