To the editor:
So we know that the silly season has officially arrived when individuals will edit your comments and "fill in the blanks" to suit their own agenda with their letters to the editor. Specifically I am referring to the letters following my BUPAC discussion of May 16 at Edison College.
My opponent for the Cape Coral District 6 Council seat took my comments concerning my uncertainty about my future political aspirations and attempted to turn them against me. Mr. Williams "appreciated my honesty" then attempted to put words in my mouth and draw conclusions that have him calling my constituents "stepping stones". I actually said, "I don't know what the future holds. I would base any potential run at the County level on how the elected officials represented the City of Cape Coral, since it is the most populous City in Southwest Florida and this is their official District. I was leaving every option open and would consult with my wife and family before making any decision." If I don't know what my future holds, I guarantee my opponent doesn't know either.
A letter from the prior week about that same BUPAC discussion from former Councilman Brandt was equally distorted and skewed. He asked "how can you claim to be a conservative?" and then started into a long list of authors, television programs, and speakers that I should agree with in order to "earn" HIS conservative designation. The question was almost too silly to allow a reasonable answer. I stated, "I strive everyday to be a man of my word, I live within my means, have paid every debt I ever owed, and put myself and 2 children through college. I have remained faithful to my marriage vows and to my wife of 37 years. Considering we were wed when I was 19 and she was 18, I AM quite proud of that accomplishment. (Actually God deserves most of the credit)." Then Mr. Brandt goes on to state that I said I was "ashamed of the taxpayers for their apparent opposition to the high wages and benefits of the City workers." That statement is totally false and was NEVER spoken by me. He then goes on in his letter to call anyone who didn't support his failed agenda or didn't vote in the last City election "numbskull voters".
I would hope reasonable individuals will see through this and future political smear attempts. I ask that you judge me based on my four years of accomplishments and my record of accessibility to my constituents while in office. Hopefully you will agree, that I have earned a second term in office.
Councilman Kevin McGrail
District 6, Cape Coral