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November 1, 2014

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letter to the editor:

Lowden’s actions fail the smell test

What’s worse than a deadbeat politician? A deadbeat politician who is also a multimillionaire.

Sue Lowden is a multimillionaire Republican. She is a member of the party that claims to champion the virtues of small business, a free-market economy and rugged individualism. But how does that square with not paying her bills and making the average small businessman wait nearly four years to receive payment? It doesn’t!

Lowden is attempting to settle her debt by paying 45 cents on the dollar to hardworking vendors who were hired to work on her failed 2010 campaign. I suspect these vendors are small business owners who count on customers to pay their bills in order to make payroll. That’s how capitalism works, right?

Lowden used to be part owner of the Sahara. I doubt her company policy was to regularly settle gambling debts, hotel bills or room-service accounts for pennies on the dollar. I don’t think she encouraged her customers to pay their bills over a four-year span.

Is there a double standard here for filthy-rich politicians? Am I the only one who thinks this situation reeks of elitism, entitlement, grandiosity and outright cheapness?

Let’s remember that Lowden’s primary residence has 12,816 square feet of living space on more than an acre of land. She doesn’t sound broke to me.

She also does not sound like the champion of small business owners.

But now she wants Republicans to vote for her to become the next lieutenant governor?

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