Sunday, August 06, 2006

Green's clean campaign

Ah, how refreshing:

Green vows to run positive campaign

By Charlie Mathews
Herald Times Reporter

MANITOWOC — Gubernatorial candidate Mark Green sought votes and money Friday in the Lakeshore area, while promising to run a clean, positive campaign.

"Politics has to be about giving people something to vote for," said the Republican congressman from Green Bay, who is seeking to unseat incumbent Gov. Jim Doyle.

"Negative ads that are over the top turn people off," Green said of TV commercials he admitted he hasn't seen, but believes do not help either major party gubernatorial candidate.
How convenient that he "hasn't seen" the Steve King-sponsored slime ads portraying Doyle as a crook. [Does Campaign Manager Mark Graul keep him in a bubble?]

If Green really will run only positives, it means he is quite confident that his good buddy, Watergate thug Steve King, and others will do the dirty work.

And, yes, I work for the Greater Wisconsin Committee, which has run some spots criticizing Green's record, but nothing approaching the negative tone and innuendo on the other side. I believe negative ads work if you don't go over the top -- if they are true, fair, and relevant. Suggesting that Jim Doyle is a crook, as Scott McCallum did in 2002 and King & Co. are doing now, is more likely to backfire.

The difference between Mark Green and me is that I am honest about what I think. If Green really thinks the negatives from King & Co. don't help him, he'll tell them to stop. Oh, I forgot. He "hasn't seen" them.

7 Comments:

At 1:00 PM, Blogger Mina Dahl said...

Are you suggesting that Jim Doyle could stop your ads with a request? Isn't that coordination?

 
At 2:07 PM, Blogger Xoff said...

Was it coordination when Russ Feingold asked the DSCC to stop running its ads in 1998?

 
At 8:54 PM, Blogger lightbringer said...

Green's comments are easy pickings. I mean these adds are what, 30 seconds? Tip to Mark, watch your own sides adds.

On the other side "Mark Green is too extreme" sounds like an unfinished Slim Jim commercial.

 
At 9:19 PM, Blogger publius said...

Yours aren't over the top? Maybe not over the the top, but...

"Mark Green wants to ban moms and apple pie so that Big Oil and Big Pharma can obliterate the middle class and all things American..."

 
At 8:49 AM, Blogger goofticket said...

Green's bestest buddy Bob Ney-OH has quit the race.
Can Mark explain why he brought the criminal to Wisc to lecture us on ethics and voter reform?
Green couldn't say enough about Ney, who is likely to be indicted in a few days.

Now thats a smear ad I'd like to see.

"Mark Green....a real Ney-Sayer"

 
At 9:32 AM, Blogger Mina Dahl said...

Independent spending makes its own decisions. The candidate posing for holy pictures and asking for ads to be pulled is just a charade, and you and I both know it.

 
At 9:52 AM, Blogger Xoff said...

You and I both know that if Green really wanted Steve King's ads off the air, he could get them off.

 

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