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Pinned Down: Canada's Worst Campaign Button

Our guest blogger, humorist Neil Janowitz, takes on the best news you may have missed.

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Buttons haven't always been exclusively associated with television remote controls. At one time, they were an integral part of every political campaign. Now Toronto resident Sonya Popovich is using buttons to sling mud at Adam Giambrone, a mayoral candidate who was found to be Tigerin' around on his live-in girlfriend. Her badges read, "I slept with Adam Giambrone, " which is a blitzkrieg of biting satire (unless she actually did. That would also be funny). But her message is also a curious one, considering Giambrone withdrew from the race days before Popovich even started producing the buttons.

Popovich admits to having spent over $230 to blanket Toronto (metropolitan population: 2.5 million) with 500 buttons. There are presumably heaps of reasons she decided to wage a character attack against a disgraced public official after he had already voluntarily left the campaign. But being unable to imagine even one, I've decided to open up for the floor to possible explanations. Please fill in your favorite below:

She thought ____________________

This isn't to say people should expect politicians to be philanderers (though—and I'm just tuning the radio here—it's not a bad idea). Just that they should keep things in perspective. It's almost as hard to turn on C-SPAN and find a pol who hasn't allegedly had an affair as it is to continue watching C-SPAN. If one comes along who is clearly a lying, two-timing shadebag, AND (key point) hasn't admitted those things, go ahead and make an insignificant fleet of buttons demanding that they step down. But if that person has already removed themselves from the campaign or office they spent their entire adult life pursuing, why not cut 'em some slack and do something more worthwhile with your button-making chops.

Y'know, like: ____________________

—Neil Janowitz

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