In a world where the strong survive and the weak plunder, running for public office can be a more daunting task then holding the actual office itself. The films, Last Man Standing and Street Fight, depict two separate elections in two separate states as fierce battles. The films provide contrasting views of the struggle to reach public office, and the tactics used to get there. Though the films paint the similar process of brutal campaigning and numbing elections, these films have clearly different stories.
In Central Texas, incumbent Republican Rick Green and Democrat rookie, Patrick Rose, ran a tight race for a seat inside the Texas House of Representatives. This close race was delineated inside the film Last Man Standing. Rick Green, a conservative Christian and law school graduate from the University of Texas, held the house seat since 1999. As the incumbent candidate up for re-election, Green held majority voter support through out the race. Rick Green rallied support in local events and church functions, asserting his faith to gain support. In Green’s opposition was young Democrat Patrick Rose. Rose was new to politics but eager to win the fight. Rose allowed himself to be portrayed as a new comer and young candidate, this played in his favor especially among women voters. Rose, a graduate from Stanford and the University of Texas, held the firm belief that this election could be won one voter at a time.
Last Man Standing opens with Patrick Rose meandering through a suburban community knocking on doors and handing out campaign fliers. Most that answered the door were unaware of who Rose was, or that he was running for election. To most voters Rick Green was seen as the candidate that was easy to vote for, and could be easily trusted. However Green was under heated accusations with his ethical values in question. Green was questioned for being a special interest in a pharmaceutical company. These allegations essentially hurt his campaign and created uneasiness on the political battlefield. Green’s questionable values were easy targets for message framing by the press and media. Candidate Patrick Rose had various tools at his disposal to boost his campaign. Rose used numerous sound bites, which were released awakening the public, manufacturing Green as “ethically embarrassing.” Sound bites are used very frequently in the campaigning and election process through out the United States.
Street fight, a film that sketches the race for mayor between Corey Booker and Sharpe James in Newark, New Jersey. Sharpe James was the incumbent Democrat, who held the long reign as mayor for 16 years. Corey Booker the opposing Democrat, and former Newark City Councilman, Booker believed that change was necessary for the citizens of Newark. Booker also believed that he was that necessary change. Booker’s loyalty to the town of Newark was in question since he was not a native resident. However Booker took the initiative...