Campanale first, does no harm

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In her ballot statement, Beth Gaines, candidate for the 4th Assembly District (vacated by her husband), states that she is “pro-family.” How does this mesh with her accepting a donation of $3,900 from beer company Anheuser-Busch, $3,900 from tobacco company Phillip-Morris, $5,900 from gambling casinos and a total of $18,000 from insurance companies who want to assure that health plans stay private and available only to people who can afford the high premiums? Ms. Gaines’ husband, Ted, has a history of receiving donations from such nefarious contributors and more. He taught her who the bad guys with the big bundles of money are. Worst of all are the tobacco companies. Tobacco kills more Americans each year than alcohol, cocaine, crack, heroin, car accidents, homicide, suicide, fires and AIDS combined (source: Kaiser Health Care). Tobacco, alcohol and gambling are not family values but Beth Gaines accepted more than $25,000 from them. How do the Gaineses explain this hypocrisy to the kids? We have cast our votes by absentee ballot for Dennis Campanale. By refraining from fundraising he is not beholden to any special interests and is following the famous oath of, “First, do no harm.” George and Joyce Beland, Auburn