EDITORIAL: Maloney Should Focus on Winning First, Governing Second

HNN Staff
EDITORIAL: Maloney Should Focus on Winning First, Governing Second

In many ways, Republican Gubernatorial candidate Bill Maloney is running a very conventional campaign.  He's run some fluffy, positive TV ads with his dog to introduce himself to the General Election audience.

Now he's hacking away at Acting Governor Tomblin with negative ads, and Tomblin is giving it back to him with both barrels, as well.  All very predictable, right?  Well, not so fast.

In a recent story by the Charleston Daily Mail's Ry Rivard, Maloney explains how he is getting ready for the transition to the Governorship.  For example, Maloney states that he has two people with state government experience and two business types putting his administration together.

Now, truth be known, Maloney does have to be prepared just in case he wins on October 4th, because he only has a few days to get things in place.  If he wins, he will assume the position of Governor in very short order--about ten days.

However, for Maloney to be talking as if he is assuming it's going to happen comes across as an act of considerable hubris.  We can't remember a Governor's candidate on either side of the aisle talking this way before the voters have their say.

After interviews like this, Maloney had better hope he wins, because if he loses, he'll have more egg on his face than anyone else in West Virginia. Braggarts engender little sympathy among the masses.  In fact, such premature crowing can turn even supporters off.

In addition to Maloney's big talk, we also have heard that his political consultant, Greg Thomas, is telling people from his Leadership West Virginia class to let him know which positions they're interested in having in a Maloney Administration.

This is unfortunate.  Leadership West Virginia is a fine non-partisan group that helps inform scores of young West Virginia leaders about how they might help build up the state.  Thomas's own cockiness now drags Leadership West Virginia into the Maloney campaign's premature delusions of grandeur.

Anyone who cares about the Maloney campaign should tell them this cardinal rule of politics: Don't count your chickens before they're hatched.

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