I came across this news with surprise, as I knew Emory Dively and his deaf sister Val, 25 years ago when I lived in Batavia, NY and Emory worked as a Chaplin at NTID. Dively is now running for political office in the Twin Cities. I no longer have contact with Emory, so I cannot vouch for his political or personal ambitions or beliefs. I certainly would not vote for a candidate merely because he is deaf. I would hope no one does so! I’d want to know his goals, beliefs…. his stance on a wide range of issues. His website, unfortunately, does not provide much insight into Dively’s beliefs, although Dively’s long-time profession as a Reverend in the Pentecostal Assemblies of God church would appear to indicate he is staunchly conservative, which is in direct opposition to my progressive beliefs. The editorial opinion below tongue-in-cheekily urges support for Dively because, unlike his opponents in the district he is running in, due to his inability to speak, he’s not been able to go on television and engage in the traditional political pastime of mud-slinging. -Ken @ bibliomarket
by JOE SOUCHERAY
Wed, Nov. 01, 2006
Emory Dively, who is running for a House seat in 64B against a careerist in Highland Park named Michael Paymar, received a nice splash of coverage in the Pioneer Press on Tuesday. Dively is a Republican, which made it all the more surprising that he received any splash at all in a Twin Cities newspaper.
What’s more, Dively is deaf, a deaf Republican, which is how I would imagine the intelligentsia prefers their Republicans. Dively’s lack of hearing became comically obvious to me at the State Fair, when Dively stopped by the old radio booth for a chat, and Al, one of the engineers, sprang into action and fitted a bemused Dively with the headphones.
“Al,” we said, “those won’t be necessary.” Continue reading “Voter Appreciates What This Candidate Isn’t Saying”