The MSM never noticed it, but a decidely "Palinesque" move helped me keep my cool in the mayoral debate on WATN AM 1240.
Using a Sharpie I drew a smiley face on my right hand and glanced at it repeatedly during the one hour gabfest, reminding me not to get mad and take the bait..Keep it professional and dignified, as the election is only a week away.
It worked....Observers say I deflected the barbs including an assertion that in a week I would be returned to the "private sector."
The debate moderator also again tried to make an issue of me having a blog...There are these things called new media, and people and politicians use them to communicate their activities and their message. Facebook and Twitter come to mind.
Moderator Brian Amaral later revealed the consternation over the blog stems from coverage months ago of Alex Bay's Polar Bear Dip and the antics of Internet sensation Brittnee Kriner.
Take it up with the Alex Bay Chamber of Commerce....and as I said, I continuously revise the format to reflect prevailing community standards and think the product you read every day is pretty mainstream.
I also took some more grief over not being married and then I went home and watched a fascinating interview on Hannity with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
In between I squeezed in a farewell dinner for Fort Drum Commander MG James Terry. Had to do it, as I am the "Mayor who's there."