"A fool vents all his feelings,
But a wise man holds them back."
Too funny, from the Dallas-Morning News:
Former state Rep. Bennett Ratliff said mailers from his opponent that make his father out to be a “mobster” go too far.Read the whole thing here.
Each mailer has a photo of a mafioso smoking a cigar or brushing his cheek with the tagline, “To Bennett Ratliff it’s not just politics, it’s the family business.”
The mailers, sent by incumbent Rep. Matt Rinaldi, R-Irving, also allege that Ratliff refuses to support the repeal of “Robin Hood” — the school finance plan that transfers money from richer to poorer school districts — because his Ratliff’s father authored the law.
Rinaldi called lobbying and holding government office the Ratliff family business. Ratliff’s brother sits on the State Board of Education and is a registered lobbyist.
“I don’t think his father is a target, I think he is a target,” Rinaldi said.
Rinaldi said his opponent refused to support the repeal of Robin Hood and criticized Ratliff for failing to take action in the Legislature to fight against it.
Rinaldi said Ratliff opposes Robin Hood because he opposes school funding systems. If the school finance system were found unconstitutional it would be replaced with another money-draining system, Rinaldi said.