Accentgate is no Joke for SWVA
It would be easy to scold both Kilgore and Kaine about the importance of sticking to the issues and not worrying about what Kilgore’s voice sounds like. But in truth, the southern accent carries with it a certain negative stereotype that could hurt a man like Kilgore in urban and suburban Virginia. That’s not fair, but it’s true - and everyone knows it.
Months from now, the Kilgore campaign may find itself struggling to get its message to voters who can’t get past their candidate’s accent. If that happens, it would be a tragic turning point in Virginia politics - and the end of statewide aspirations for anyone who sounds like they’re from rural Virginia.
Virginians who care about the future can only hope the content of a candidate’s message - and not the sound of his voice - will determine who gets the most votes on Election Day. If that happens, we’ll all be winners, no matter where we live.(Bold print by Kilo)
It is a good article from the Danville Register Bee.
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