State Rep. Cory Mason denounced a rumor that he won't seek re-election.
"I have no plans to retire," said Mason, D-Racine, who is serving his second term in the state Assembly.
The rumor cropped up at a County Board meeting a few weeks back and has shown up on the RacinePost blogs as anonymous comments. We called Mason Wednesday to ask if we'd missed some kind of announcement about his political future.
Mason said he has no idea where the rumor started, but it definitely didn't start with him. He said he hasn't talked to anybody, including his wife, about leaving office in 2010.
The rumor is a classic journalism example of a person having to deny a negative. In journalism classes we call it the, "Do you beat your wife?" question. If the person denies the question, the story is, "So-and-so denies he beats his wife."
In this case, the story would read "Mason denies rumor that he won't seek re-election," a double-negative that reinforces an unfounded assumption.
We only report it here to cut off a rumor that seems to be spreading. Mason wasn't ready Wednesday to declare his candidacy in 2010, but everything he said suggested he'll pursue a third term.
So we're calling the suggestion that Mason won't run for re-election for what it is - an unsourced rumor lacking validity.