ANYBODY BUT NIFONG
for Durham County District Attorney
While we realize that many people are disappointed that Lewis Cheek has declined to run for District Attorney of Durham County, we can’t help wondering if, all things considered, his decision this morning was not for the best. We understand that his supporters may be sincerely troubled, even offended, by Mr. Cheek’s decision not to campaign on his own behalf for the good people of Durham County. Yet, it may be better that he not run if he is not able, or willing, to serve the good of the entire community at this particular time, as District Attorney. Mr. Cheek has shown a selfless dedication to this community throughout his career and we trust that this decision weighed heavily on his mind. As much as we have grown to distrust Mr. Nifong, it is unrealistic to expect someone like Mr. Cheek to recklessly drop all other personal and professional concerns in favor of coming to our rescue.
It may be argued that, had Mr. Cheek not lent his name to the petition effort that so many supported with sacrifices of time, energy, hope, money and signatures, perhaps a sincere and well intentioned candidate may have come forward who was more deserving of the faith that was misplaced in Mr. Cheek. The reality is that no other candidates had come forward until he did, and that as it stands now, the people of Durham do have an option of voting against Mr. Nifong, if not a choice of voting for a specific candidate. Come November, the voters in Durham County will have a choice to ignore the election, to vote for Mr. Nifong or to vote against him. For that, Mr. Cheek deserves our praise, respect and gratitude.
A vote for ANYBODY BUT NIFONG will not be a wasted vote nor an unheard voice. To the contrary a vote for Mr. Nifong will be a confirmation that the practices he has exercised in recent months are acceptable to the community. A choice to neglect taking a side for, or against, Mr. Nifong would also be an equally powerful, if silent, confirmation that the citizens feel comfortable with a District Attorney willing to prejudge guilt, personally and in the media, prior to the completion of a complete police investigation. A vote for ANYBODY BUT NIFONG would serve as an expression of the unwillingness to accept the deception created by hinting at evidence which does not exist or by expressing theories of the case that are belied by what is known. A vote for ANYBODY BUT NIFONG would be a voice of hope that Durham might enjoy a Justice system that was, as our founding fathers intended it to be, a system of Justice for all and not a vehicle for personal ambition or power.
While Mr. Cheek has made known his choice, we will continue to hold out hope that the good people of Durham will also make their choice known come November. Mr. Cheek’s voice is but one of many. With hope, the people of Durham will not allow his voice of one to be the only voice heard. Perhaps as a collective voice, Durham will have the courage to stand up against injustice and ask Governor Easley to remedy the mistake he made a year ago when subjecting them to the tyranny of a petty tyrant. It would seem to be not only a statement in favor of justice but also an expression of greater trust in the Governor than in Mr. Nifong to vote for ANYBODY BUT NIFONG in November.
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