If Jefferson County Commissioner Sandra Little Brown is re-elected today, her victory will have been delivered by Jesus.
Brown, according to this report, is claiming her re-election campaign has the blessing of Jesus “and his followers,” according to a piece of campaign literature that was distributed in District 2 ahead of today’s Democratic run-off with City Councilor Sheila Tyson.
The pink flyer, which has made the rounds on social media, is a distortion of a sample ballot where Brown’s name is magnified and circled in while Tyson’s is shown in lower font. The literature goes on to say that Brown is:
Supported by Jesus Christ and his followers.
In a Facebook video Brown stood by the flyer, which was paid for by her campaign.
We pray before we go out and we do anything. That is a divine piece of material that went out from this campaign [Saturday]. I’m not afraid to own Jesus anywhere. This campaign is built up on righteousness from the beginning to the end … If anybody got any problem with that ballot, then they got to see Jesus.
Tyson’s campaign manager, Michael Miller, accused Brown of distributing the flyer to make her sound more pious among the churchgoing people in the district.
Sandra Little Brown is trying to do anything she can to absolve herself of all the wrongdoing she has done over the last 8 years to the suffering and the poor of Jefferson County. Using Jesus’ name I guess would make her seem a little more religious, but Jesus wouldn’t make the poor people suffer like Sandra has.
God has ordained me to this because I couldn’t do it without him.
Brown and Tyson ended last month’s primary in a virtual tie, with each candidate receiving about 46 percent of the vote.
At least one would-be supporter – Patrick Evans – found Brown’s flyer offensive, and commented on her Facebook page:
I had every intention of voting for you until you endorsed the flyer claiming Jesus’s will is that you be elected. As a person of faith, that’s highly offensive to me, and the determining factor in my changing my vote tomorrow. Jesus doesn’t pick and choose political candidates.
UPDATE (JULY 18): Sandra Little Brown decisively LOST to Sheila Tyson, above.