"When you throw dirt, you lose ground” is often credited as a “Texas proverb.” The saying is anonymously given in a 1923 Pennsylvania newspaper: “It is encouraging to know that politicians who throw mud eventually lose ground.”
W. Lee “Pappy” O’Daniel promised no “mud-slinging” in a 1942 Texas campaign for United States senator: “I have never thrown mud in my life...Confucious say ‘he who throw mud lose ground.’”
The “when you throw dirt/mud, you lose ground” saying is used throughout the United States and is usually not associated with any one person or state.
Wikipedia: W. Lee O’Daniel
Wilbert Lee “Pappy” O’Daniel (March 11, 1890 - May 11, 1969) was a radio personality and a Democratic Party politician from Texas.
27 November 1923, New Castle (PA) News, pg. 4, col. 2:
It is encouraging to know that politicians who throw mud eventually lose ground.
3 July 1942, Lubbock (TX) Morning Avalanche, pg. 7, col. 5:
“I had hoped for no mud-slinging in this campaign,” O’Daniel continued. “But I was disappointed...I have never thrown mud in my life...Confucious say ‘he who throw mud lose ground’...”
8 December 1949, Billings (MT) Herald, pg. 2, col. 3:
Somebody said that if you throw dirt you lose ground.
11 October 1952, Beckley (WV) Post-Herald, pg. 1, col. 3:
“My Republican opponent must do the same with regard to his own record as a public servant. May he long remember that the best way to lose ground is to throw dirt.”
5 October 1954, Charleroi (PA) Mail, pg. 4, col. 4:
People who throw dirt always lose ground.
14 April 1955, Hawarden (IA) Independent, pg. 4, col. 3:
When you throw dirt, you lose ground.
26 May 1956, Las Vegas (NM) Daily Optic, pg. 1, col. 2:
“I believe in the old maxim that if you throw mud you lose ground.”
4 May 1966, Galveston (TX) Daily News, pg. 8B, col. 1 ad:
THOSE WHO THROW MUD LOSE GROUND
(Ray Holbrook, candidate for Galveston county judge—ed.)
When You Throw Dirt, You Lose Ground
August 17, 2009
“When you throw dirt, you lose ground.” - Texas Proverb
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