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7/1/2014
Political trackers

In this day and age, there's no getting away with a late-night trip to the grocery store in your pajamas.

At least it's less likely.

Just about everybody has a cellphone with photo and video capabilities.

It isn't that everybody will be interested in you (or me). But, any activity that appears out of the ordinary, perhaps downright odd or funny, is likely to be captured, and it's anyone's guess, if it appears on the Internet, how far and wide it might be viewed.

The key is to not leave home in your bunny slippers to go to the store unless you want to be photographed or captured in video in that way.

In public, you can be photographed anywhere and with or without your knowledge.

Which brings us to the point of political trackers. Both the Democrats and Republicans employ them. They track candidates, hoping to capture any look or comment that would be helpful to another candidate's campaign.

The trackers have shown up in Alaska's U.S. Senate race. Sen. Mark Begich and GOP candidates Joe Miller, Dan Sullivan and Mead Treadwell know all about them. They follow candidates around to their campaign stops and record all that they say and do.

It's a job. Somebody has to do it — apparently. With all of today's photographic and video technology, it just comes with the times.

But, like you and me, it means that the candidates must be aware that they can be photographed or recorded at any moment. That's great as long as their personal and public profiles are much the same. But, if they differ, or if campaign fatigue takes over and they make gaffes, those will be picked up and capitalized upon by their opponents.

The voting public must recognize whatever is captured must be put in proper context. Opponents' campaigns aren't likely to worry about that. But candidates will explain. And voters should listen.

It's important to get the whole story before going to the polls — but not in your bunny slippers.