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Friday, September 19, 2008

Has Strickland Gone Too Far? You Decide...

Got this in the mail today (click to enlarge)...wassup with the Republicans these days thinking they have to mislead people this much to win? It's one thing not to know who the Spanish Prime Minister is or even to blithely say you won't acknowledge a subpoena -- it's another to use imagery and wording like this. It's great that Nick got help from his Assembly Member but this is ridiculous and it is hard not to think he and his pet aren't being used. -- Sara

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Anonymous editrix said...

I, too, received this reprehensible piece in today's mail. What kind of mother would allow her child to be used in this way? What kind of "candidate" would approve of it? Strickland's endless TV commercials about alternative energy are misleading enough. This is disgusting from "Dear Friend" to the suggestion of the type of mailers Hannah Beth has been/will be sending out. Strickland has been paying a little too much attention to the techniques of Karl Rove. Extremely offensive, and I intend to complain to his campaign.

9/19/2008 8:07 PM  
Anonymous SB resident said...

I have not been following this campaign at all closely. I am a Dem. and probably will vote for Jackson, although without a lot of enthusiasm, but what's misleading in this ad?

9/19/2008 8:59 PM  
Blogger Santiago said...

He had an obnoxious push poll a couple of weeks ago, too. I am registered "decline to state" so we always get these crazy calls: this one asked leading questions about energy use and what should be done to reduce dependence on foreign oil (I said "invest in alternative sources"), and the last question was basically "Do you plan on voting for Hannah Beth Jackson or Alternative Energy Superhero Tony Strickland?" Really, "alternative energy advocate" was trotted out based, presumably, on my answers. It was embarrassing.

That thing that came out today, though. Ummm. What exactly has his opponent been making us "want to think"? I haven't seen any smear campaigns from her. And yes, it was beyond the pale in all ways.

9/19/2008 10:31 PM  
Anonymous editrix said...

SB Resident:
It starts out as a letter written by a mom, "Jackson's political campaign wants you to think Tony is a horrible person. That's not the Tony Strickland I know and it's certainly not the person my son Nick knows."

She goes on to detail how Assemblyman Tony Strickland helped keep benefits for her son from being cut, who has cerebral palsy, from being unexpectedly cut.

Then it ends up, "The next time Hanna Beth Jackson sends you a negative mailer I want you to remember Nick and his story. Remember the comapssion Tony Strickland showed--I remember every day."

It's the most insidious kind of hit piece--one that cannot be discussed really, because Hannah Beth had nothing to do with this situation, has not sent out any negative ads, and Strickland was basically just performing the kind of constituent service one would expect. Only a twisted campaign could somehow even think about smearing an opponent in the way Strickland has authorized. Disgusting.

9/20/2008 11:31 AM  
Anonymous Very strange said...

Why is Lori Boehm speaking for her son?

If Nick "doesn't believe" Hannah Beth Jackson as the ad claims, WHY ISN'T NICK TELLING US?

How bizarre ... to have a parent claiming to speak for her adult child. Can't he speak for himself?

How scary.

I want to hear from Nick.

9/20/2008 9:38 PM  
Blogger Greg Knowles said...

I'm surprised that anybody gets upset about these types of things. All politicians do it to some degree. It is an ugly business!

9/22/2008 10:59 AM  
Blogger Ed said...

Such a patently obvious attempt to smear anything negative HBJ might say about Strictland like;

1. His far right voting record.

2. His worse than far right voting record on environmental protection.

3. His support from Oil and Gas interests and his votes on their requests.

4. His support from the tobacco industry and his votes on their requests.

5. His party affiliation. HE IS A REPUBLICAN, and he votes regularly to deny the state a budget.

Strictland has a record and he is running away from it as fast as he can.

A certifiable Slimebag.

9/22/2008 2:58 PM  
Anonymous friend of Nick said...

Nick in this ad often speaks at local government meetings, such as SB City Council or MTD.

He seems like a Blue Democrat to me with routine concern for fair funding and social justice.

9/22/2008 3:13 PM  
Anonymous Hagupit said...

On the air last nite a TV commercial aired listing Strickland supporters. Headliner of the commercial was Erin Brockovich a democrat, and "independent thinker" who speaks in favor of Strickland. I guess this is commercial is fair without investigating the details. I don't think it is fair to say "all politicians do it" without commenting that it seems that in modern times the Republicans go far more over-the-top. Their Republican bar was set with the Willie Horton commercials.

9/23/2008 6:37 AM  

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