Last night, Olivia Chow unveiled two new radio ads in her campaign to win the job of Mayor of Toronto. The two ads are “attack ads” and they go after the incumbent, Rob Ford. As far as attack ads go, they’re pretty slick and may make you chuckle. Listen to them here:
Pretty good, eh?
But what about the ethics of launching attack ads at an opponent while that opponent is in rehab and — though he’s hardly been silent while he’s there — cannot campaign as normal?
Some subscribe to the theory that all’s fair in politics and war. Here’s some responses on Twitter to the question of the ethics of an attack ad..
@davidakin His “personal” problems have bled out into the public sphere,and frankly, I think he went into Rehab 4 optics, not help.Game On!
— David Moga (@david_moga) June 24, 2014
— Mark Cheers (@MarkCheers) June 24, 2014
@davidakin Do we know for sure he is actually in rehab? He hasn’t withdrawn from election, so all’s fair.
— Jan Fletcher (@FletJan) June 24, 2014
@davidakin Considering his record attacks shouldn’t be needed that said if he wants to be left alone to heal drop out, rehab is not a shield
— Carter Apps (@_capps) June 24, 2014
@davidakin If he would have stayed out of public eye himself, lending legitimacy to claims of rehab, would be different.
— Kevin Machin (@_KMachin) June 24, 2014
— Bill Tufts (@BillTufts) June 24, 2014
Let me know what you think in the comments section below.