This week I wanted to get a pulse from our readers and bloggers about what they are seeing around town as the election gets closer. I know that Chavez seems to be bridging the gap—but how? Is it based on the money that is being pumped into her campaign by labor and the Democratic Party, or is she starting to connect with the Pandori and Mulcahy voters? Are people who didn’t vote in the primary coming out of the woodwork to voice their opinions? As the election gets closer, we will begin to see the power of the television ad, and how little people really read about the candidates.
We know that Reed’s mail pieces are directed at making that connection between Chavez and Gonzales. The mail piece showing the two of them holding up a large die on the Monopoly art piece in front of the Children’s Discovery Museum (alluding to gambling with our money) is a classic—a humorous visual of the relationship that Chavez now wants to denounce. (And I can’t believe there weren’t at least two slipped disks as a result.)
I am almost fearful for Chuck Reed because I am waiting to see the onslaught of dirt and slime that is thrown his way by the Chavez campaign. Here’s betting we will hear the word “reimbursement” about 500 times a minute from her ads. I am just wondering if Reed will be able to stay above the belt and not reduce himself to that level. I believe in his “I am a good and honorable man” message, but sometimes I don’t think that always gets through to the average voter. People are always apt to believe the dirt, paying more attention to the lowball attacks than to the good messages.
Also, absentee ballots are being filled out as we speak, and Chuck seemed to have a hold on the immobile, shut-in, “blue hair” contingent in the primary, so we will see if that rings true this time around. Let’s hope they all vote as vehemently as they did the last time.
Tell me what you have heard or seen, and here’s to a wild few weeks ahead!