We Edit the World: This is not an honorable signature

Disclaimer: I am not now, nor will I be, supporting Jeannemarie Davis for Lt. Governor.

Today, I received this email. Truth be told, I generally delete them without reading so Google now sends them straight to spam, but I thought I’d see what Charlie Hawkins had to say.

Here’s the email:


It’s general campaign stuff. He served with her in the Senate, etc., etc. It’s the signature bothers me.

“The Honorable Charles Hawkins”

I’m willing to give Hawkins the benefit of the doubt that he didn’t actually “sign” the letter.

“The Honorable” is a form of address. It is not a signature. Signing “Senator Charles Hawkins” would be appropriate. Signing “The Honorable Charles Hawkins” is not.”

The Honorable is never used in the typed or in the written signature. [source]

I’ve done enough campaigns to know that it’s highly likely Davis and Hawkins never saw the final product.

As a writer and editor I’ve edited, and been edited enough, to feel the need to point this out.

Is this a reason not to support Davis for Lt. Governor? Oh no, but there are plenty of other reasons that I won’t bother to list here.

You might say it wouldn’t be “honorable.”

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