I don't know much about where Pam Wolf got her money from but I did see that one flyer from the MCCL so I know they put some into her race. Beyond that it's just guesswork on my part. I live just inside the District and get most of the stuff in the mail and, in fairness sake, I have to say I got more "hit pieces" against Don Betzold than against Pam Wolf. The only one I saw against her was something about unpaid taxes and a lien on her house. Both sides do it. I don't watch TV so didn't see any of the ads there.
Just before the election Don Betzold's people were ALL OVER the neighborhood, they had some get-out-the-vote flyer with a cute little girl on it. I didn't see Pam Wolf's people. There were just the hit pieces from MCCL and other groups. I think this was a mistake on the Republican side. The last week of a campaign is not a time for negative ads, especialliy the one about sex offenders, which I found in my newspaper box. They should have countered with their own cute pieces.
But if what you say is true, maybe Pam Wolf didn't have the money at that point and had to rely on the flyers from outside groups. It's important to remember that most voters don't decide on issues, they decide on feelings. On their feelings, so in the last week of the election you have to STAY POSITIVE. Tim Pawlenty is a master at this and look what it did for him. He's still in.
MCCL did one third party piece in favor of Pam. Pam did no hit pieces against Don Betzold. The Senate Caucus did several pieces against Don but by law her campaign can not stop them from doing what ever they want. She begged them to stay positive but they clearly didn't listen.
The TV ads were about the tax issue. It seems it has become standard practice for the DFL to get into people's divorce records and pick bits and pieces out to smear a Republican opponent. Pam owes no taxes, there were no liens on her house and when Comcast realized that the DFL had used her divorce records and pinned her ex-husbands business on her they immediately stopped the ads. The DFL did not even try to argue that the ad was true or fair.
The sex offenders lit piece was dropped by the Senate Caucus. Pam was livid. Please tell the Caucus if you hated it as much as she did. They just told her she didn't understand politics and this lit drop was the kind of thing they must do. The Candidates do not get to approve or disapprove these things. Only things put out directly by her campaign are hers. Her campaign was completely positive.
We had several volunteers who were union members and they were telling us that they were receiving heavy pressure to do a big DFL lit drop for Don Betzold in the last days of the campaign. They enjoyed the irony that they were with our campaign for Pam instead, but I know they hoped the union wouldn't see them. We were out in neighborhoods too in bright yellow shirts passing out Pam's lit. We saw the DFL/Union folks and in some cases talked to them. The ones we talked to were not from the area and knew nothing about the candidates involved.
I really wish the outside organizations could have talked to the candidate, but they can not and their pieces were not the kind of pieces we like to use.
posted on 11/17/2006 3:32:11 PM PST
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