EXCELLENT COLUMN BY VIRGINIA McCABE ...
HOWEVER, THIS IS NOT A MATTER OF SEMANTICS. IT WAS BOB LEVY WHO INJECTED RACE INTO THIS CAMPAIGN.
THIS ISSUE WILL NOT GO AWAY UNTIL LEVY FULLY EXPLAINS WHY HE SAID THAT HE WAS "KICKED OUT OF ACHS" ... THEN, UNDER INTENSE PRESSURE FROM OUR RELENTLESS (HURLEY IN THE MORNING/HARRYHURLEY.COM) INVESTIGATION, LEVY FINALLY HAS ADMITTED THAT HE LIED. LEVY HAS ADMITTED THAT HE QUIT ACHS.
SAD, THOUGH IS THE FACT THAT LEVY HAS NOW SMEARED FORMER LONG TIME ACHS PRINCIPAL WILLIAM FAUNCE, IN A FLAWED ATTEMPT TO ONCE AGAIN TRY TO DEFLECT THAT HE (LEVY) IS THE ONE WHO HAS INJECTED RACE INTO THE CAMPAIGN FOR MAYOR OF ATLANTIC CITY.
A Matter of Semantics?
Bob Levy's Political Campaign Commercial
By Virginia McCabe
Published April 23, 2005
Atlantic City mayoral
candidate Bob Levy said the controversy over his television commercial is
nothing more than semantics.
In the commercial, he is seated next to his wife Hazel. She turns toward the camera and says, Bob was actually thrown out of Atlantic City High School for dating me. Hazel Levy is an African American.
News reports this week have stated that Levy was not expelled from school but resigned and went into the service. In a phone interview on Saturday, Levy expanded on the commercial and the incident. He said he was forced out of school and the controversy over the issue all boils down to semantics.
“I was told I was to stop seeing and being seen anywhere with the colored girl or they would not let me graduate,” said Levy. “We are still together 41 years later.”
When asked why he felt it was important to point out that he had married an African American women and that he was thrown out of high school, Levy would not answer the question and said it was time to move on to the issues.
“My campaign is based on the issues,” said Levy. “Right now the city is divided and we have to be respectful of everyone. I am running on my record of 40 years of service to Atlantic City.”
When pressed for a reason why Levy brought race into the campaign, he said that he is not going to be deterred from running a campaign based on the issues.
“I came out with the commercial because she is my wife and she happens to be an African American women,” said Levy. “I am not getting dragged into this type of dialogue.”
Levy said that as long as people are focused on color, the important issues of the campaign will be ignored. However, until Levy articulates why he injected race into his campaign, it is unlikely that anything else he has to say on the issues is going to be heard by the voters, including his area of expertise in public safety.
“The mayor (Lorenzo Langford) has been in for three years,” said Levy. “I came out with a public safety plan and two weeks later, he came out with a public safety plan. Where was he for the last three years?”
Levy commented that the police department faces large challenges.
“The police are in arbitration,” said Levy. “They are undermanned. Now the mayor does not agree with the police audit. We have 40 to 60 people ready for retirement, what if they all leave at once?”
Despite the controversy over Levy’s campaign commercial, he said he is receiving overwhelming support in the community and the commercial continues to air.
“We are doing a lot of hard work,” said Levy. “I am out knocking on doors and talking to people. I have been speaking to various groups. There is a lot of activity and I have been humbled by the reception I am receiving from people in all walks of life.”
When pressed one more time to answer why he produced a commercial that made race an issue in the campaign, Levy declined to comment fully and some of his supporters are wondering if his lack of candor may cost him the election.
“I am not going to comment anymore on that issue,” said Levy. “I’m not talking about Mayor Langford’s family.”
April 25, 2005 12:35 am HarryHurley.com