2019 Elections

Negative Ads Create Negative Results

By Tyler Carr, BDJ 311.01

Published on November 5, 2019
Sign that says "Election Day Polling Place" on door.

The sign outside Redeemer Evangelical Convent (c) Hattie Lindert 2018

After County Executive candidate Tony Malavenda put out negative ads against his opponent, Ryan McMahon, voters in Liverpool suggest how the results will turn out.

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REPORTER: Election Day is bringing controversy to Onandaga County this year. The County Executive position is up for vote this year and the race between Republican incumbent Ryan McMahon and Democratic challenger Tony Malavenda has not been quiet. Malavenda’s campaign ads suggest McMahon is not fit to hold office. However, as Liverpool voter Glenda Chapel suggests, Malavenda’s negative ads may be driving voters away from himself.

GLENDA CHAPEL: “I don’t care for dirty politics and dirty campaigning. I am voting based on how I feel the job will be done.”

REPORTER: The ads mention McMahon’s involvement in a fraud scheme years ago. Liverpool voter Virginia Welcher feels Malavenda went too far with his ads.

VIRGINIA WELCHER: “Just a candidate being more unpleasant towards the other than was necessary.”

REPORTER: Voting is open until nine tonight and we’ll know better what effect the negative ads have when the results are released.

Tyler Carr, Democracy in Action.

LIVERPOOL, N.Y. (NCC News) – Election Day is bringing controversy to Onondaga County this year. The County Executive position is up for vote and the race between Republican incumbent Ryan McMahon and Democratic challenger Tony Malavenda has not been quiet. Malavenda’s campaign ads suggest to voters that McMahon is not fit for the job.

Glenda Chapel, a Liverpool voter, suggests that Malavenda’s ads may be driving voters away himself.

“I don’t care for dirty politics and dirty campaigning,” Chapel said. “I am voting based on how I feel the job will be done.”

The ads mention McMahon’s involvement in a fraud scheme years ago.

Virginia Welcher, another Liverpool voter, feels Malavenda went too far.

“Just a candidate being more unpleasant towards the other than was necessary,” Welcher said.

Voting is open until nine tonight and we’ll know better what effect the negative ads have when the results are released.