Advice to Kilgore: Get Over the Accent Thing, Get on with the Campaign

The Wife attended a meeting yesterday of the Richmond chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management where Jerry Kilgore gave a speech. She’s a Democrat and rarely has anything good to say about Republicans, so take this with a grain of salt. Kilgore opened his speech with extended, light-hearted remarks about his accent, the Wife reports. Some of them were amusing, but they went on too long, and the tenor of his comments seemed almost apologetic.

Bacon to Kilgore: Get over it! You’re psyching yourself out, man. So what if you’ve got a SW Virginia, girlie-man accent? That’s who you are. You don’t need to apologize for it. You don’t need to bring attention to it. Even the Wife said that she got accustomed to your manner of speaking after a while.

I’m serious. Every politician has some kind of baggage. Some are fat. Some are ugly. Some are jerks. But they don’t bring attention to those things. You’re slender, pleasant looking and come across as a nice guy. You just don’t happen to be blessed with the politician’s speaking voice. People do notice the voice, but then they get over it. At least they would get over it, if you got over it.

If the Kaine people make cruel fun of you, it’ll boomerang on them. Ultimately the gubernatorial campaign is about values, character and ideas. In the final analysis, that’s what people care about.

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  1. Laszlo Avatar

    Well said and good advice.

  2. Well at least we know Jim’s not angling to get that lucritive Port Authority job in the Kilgore administration!

  3. James Atticus Bowden Avatar
    James Atticus Bowden

    Jim, you married a Democrat? Ah, well, I married a woman from West Virginia descending from Union soldiers. So we both have ‘mixed’ marriages. Such burdens we menfolk bear.

  4. Steven Avatar

    Good Bacon bits and advice.

    True, Jerry Kilgore needs to focus on state issues, and not on his southerned-fried accent.

    But the same could be said about…

    Tim ‘the choirboy’ Kaine and his overzealous faith-base campaign.

    ‘Nuff already I say.

  5. Laszlo Avatar

    “I knew you had guts but I never figured you for brains. It takes a pretty smart man to know when to back away.”…Joe, Ramirez Soloon Bartender

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