Monday, September 25, 2006

Mark Green's positive campaign

The Xoff Files on Aug. 6:
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.
His excuse then was that he "hadn't seen" the ads his friend Steve King was running.

What's his excuse now, since his own campaign is running the slimiest ad of the year.

The Journal Sentinel will be surprised to find out that "The Journal Sentinel reports Doyle rigged the State Elections Board vote to try and steal the election." That's what the ad says. It uses newspaper "clippings" that are put together like a ransom note -- a word here, a word there.

UPDATE: The Greenies and their allies are in full negative attack mode. The Republican Governors Assn. just finished running a Georgia Thompson spot Monday, and today All Children Matter pick up where the RGA left off. The ACM spot, you won't be surprised to hear, is another attack ad on Doyle trying to make him look like a crook. What's it all mean? Green's losing, down in the polls, has no positive message that works, and is going to spend the next six weeks trying to tear down Doyle. All of the negatives they've run so far haven't worked; I don't think these will, either.

WHY GREEN'S WORRIED. Two recent polls show Doyle beating Green on his home turf, the Spice Boys report.

10 Comments:

At 7:15 PM, Blogger Bob Thompson said...

Xoff, your probably speaking to early. That line will probably be in the paper tomorrow to give Green cover.

 
At 10:34 PM, Blogger Mike said...

"The slimiest ad of the year" is how you are describing the latest ad. If I recall, you and the Greater Wisconsin Committee started the negitive campaigning. You picked the game, defined the rules and you are now complaining that the other guys have a bigger shovel than you and are throwing more mud. It reminds me of the card cheat that complains that the other guy cheated better than he did. You have chosen the slimy side of politics, which is your right. When are you going to get used to the slime? There seams to be enough to go around on both sides.

As long as I am on the soap box, do you really think anyone is taking any of those ads seriously?
They have run thier course. They are like a bad horror film. After a while, they are just not scary anymore.

 
At 11:26 PM, Blogger XOut said...

Christoff... you are one funny ex-political strategist.

Have a very nice day, and as I told you - be sure and book that extra-long holiday vacation. You are going to need it.

 
At 3:30 AM, Blogger badgervan said...

Yep, xout - a nice vacation to celebrate the dem's takeover of the House, Senate, and Doyle's victory sounds pretty darn good.

 
At 7:44 AM, Blogger atarijpb said...

Mike -

You had better hope that on appeal Green doesn't have to remove the entire $1.3 million transfer, as was suggested by the WDC.

How sweet it is. Don't any of Green's yes men ever consider the consequences of their actions? Oh wait - that's why they are called yes men - they just say what Green wants them to.

 
At 7:53 AM, Blogger publius said...

badgervan -

You remind me of that scene from Office Space when Peter is at the therapist and says, "Is there any way that you could, sort of, just zonk me out so that, like, I-I don't know that I'm at work... in here? Could I come home and think that I've ben fishing all day, or something?"

Don't forget to send us all a postcard!

 
At 9:01 AM, Blogger Mike said...

atatijpb -

Actually, what I hope is that the voting public sees the 527s for what they are. I hope the voting public stays focused on the issues and makes thier decission based on solid information. I hope the voting public thinks for themselves. I don't care if they think my candidate is the right one or the wrong one, just so they think.

 
At 9:52 AM, Blogger GWC shadow said...

Doyle can't run on the issues because he's done nothing in 4 years except line his pockets with campaign money in exchange for contracts. Doyle can't run on creating jobs becausu Wisconsin has lost 110,000 manufacturing jobs in 4 years. He can't run on taxes because Wisconsin is one on the highest taxed states in the country. He can't run on illegal immigration because he he wants to give illegals free rides in college and let them vote. He can't run ethics because he's as corrupt as they come. He can't run on looks because he's as butt ugly as they come.

 
At 3:08 PM, Blogger Mike said...

gwc -

Let's take these one at a time.

Wisconsin, like every other state, is losing manufacturing jobs. The real questions is, has Doyle created jobs that otherwise may not have been here. I believe he has.

You didn't mention the budget which he has made some headway with.


We are taxed more than most states. The question I ask myself is are we getting our moneys worth. We have great schools, good roads and a State Park system that is second to none, just to name a few. I have a friend in Alabama who had to move so his kids could go to a private school instead of the public one.

Offering an imagrant the opportunity for an education is a great way to create a citizen that has a job, pays taxes and is a positive member of our state.
My Great Grandfather imigrated from Belgium.

As for Doyle's apperance, I think I will respond by saying that I am 30 pounds overweight, short and losing my hair, just in case you would like to insult me.

 
At 4:50 PM, Blogger badgervan said...

publius: and your point is? Read the polls, sunshine.

 

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