When does a campaign attack cross the line and become too personal?
For Del. Joseph Yost, R-Pearisburg, it happened this weekend when his opponent’s latest mail piece landed in his mailbox.
The mail piece from Democrat James Harder’s campaign claims that Yost “voted repeatedly for a plan that would force police to investigate women when they have a miscarriage.” Harder based the accusation on Yost’s 2012 vote for so-called “personhood” legislation, which stated that life begins at conception and would have given full legal protections to embryos.
The front of the brochure shows an image of a woman in a hospital bed beneath the headline “Joseph Yost Wants to Make a Hospital Room a CRIME SCENE.”
For Yost and his wife Lisa, Harder’s attack was deeply personal. Lisa Yost has suffered two miscarriages in the past year.
“She broke down in tears for half the day on Saturday when she saw that,” Joseph Yost said Monday. “My mother broke down in tears.”
Yost’s wife called the attack “despicably personal.” Harder defended the mail piece.
The 12th District House race has become personal. The full story is here.