As voters, we are entitled to our own opinions, but not our own facts. Here are some facts:
The Kenyon campaign smears the Karle campaign for trying to block him from the Republican ticket. This did not happen. Karle’s team found dozens of faulty, unregistered and Democrat signatures on Kenyon’s Republican petitions. Karle filed a general objection to preserve her right to make specific challenges, which is customary practice in elections.
Russ Kenyon makes a point he is the local candidate. To counteract his lacking criminal and family law experience, he had to hire a political consultant from Broome County. A high-paid, out-of-town controversial consultant who has win-at-all-cost mentality even if it means lying, distorting the truth and misrepresenting the facts. If Russ Kenyon is so local, why doesn’t he run his own campaign?
Karle was a prosecutor protecting children who had been raped, sodomized, beaten and murdered. On three occasions, the higher courts gave her direction on language she used during trial. She learned from her mistakes and is better prepared to be a judge because of the experience. The Kenyon campaign and out-of-town political consultant distort these facts.
The Kenyon campaign calls a town justice experience with traffic infractions “critical judicial experience.” Does playing the Hasbro game Operation give you critical experience to be a heart surgeon? Experience without mileage is meaningless.
In the last eight years, Kitty Karle has appeared in Ontario County Court hundreds of times. In 26 years, Russ Kenyon has never appeared in Ontario County Court family court. Who is local? Kitty Karle has handled high-profile felony cases in Ontario County. Russ Kenyon has handled zero. You cannot analyze a trial record that is not there.
There was a reason Kitty Karle was endorsed by the Ontario County Republican Committee. She knows the law, and she knows the facts.