Two guys take a break to pray at an Aberdeen gas station, and local cranks put them on display for mockery. So what happens when a guy runs for city council and offers no policy positions but constant reminders of his piety?
I’m still waiting for southeast district candidate Kaleb Weis to put some substance on his “Learn More” button on his campaign website. But he made a point of reminding followers to attend the Christian Business Men’s Committee’s annual Aberdeen Community Prayer Breakfast. He created a Facebook page for the event that gave the mistaken impression that his campaign was hosting the event.
His new campaign card also prominently features his piety:
I have met lots of people, politicians and otherwise, who profess religious belief. Such professions rarely if ever reliably mark their professors as more trustworthy or competent. Consider Donald Trump: he claims to be Christian, and that seems to have no impact on his ability to govern or stick with any consistent policy.
And in Aberdeen, such declarations of piety do not distinguish the candidate in the marketplace. It’s a fair bet that every person running for Aberdeen City Council is a believer. Trumpeting that believer status is thus about as useful as noting the fact that a candidate is human.
Most city council candidates appear not to be advertising their religion. Weis’s opponent Clint Rux, Tim Prater in the other southeast race, Luke Bunke and James Washnok in the northeast, Tom Black and Dave Lunzman in the northwest—none of those candidates are spotlighting their churchgoing in their official campaign pages yet. In that regard, maybe Weis is finding a way to distinguish himself… but only by doing something that candidates for public office should not do.
Prayer doesn’t pump gas or fill potholes. You’re running for city council, Kaleb, not church council. If you want to work for the taxpayers, start telling taxpayers what you’re going to do about streets, sewers, cops, and sales tax.