The Novick for Senate campaign (accidentally) released a new TV spot yesterday. The Novick for Senate campaign's latest TV spot was released yesterday when KGW accidentally aired it ahead of schedule. Watch it here (realplayer required).
With just three weeks to go until Oregon's primary, ad wars in Oregon's U.S. Senate race are heating up.
On Monday, Portland lawyer and activist Steve Novick took direct aim his rival, Oregon House Speaker Jeff Merkley, for his 2003 vote on a House resolution that expressed support for the troops, while acknowledging "the courage of President George W. Bush" in launching the Iraq war.
In Portland, former U.S. Senator Max Cleland (D-GA) objected to the ad:
On Tuesday, former U.S. Sen. Max Cleland of Georgia, a triple amputee from the Vietnam War who was in Portland to campaign for Merkley, called the Novick ad, "a last-ditch effort to make something out of nothing. When you start throwing dirt, you're losing ground."
Cleland called the 2003 resolution a classic example of a time-tested GOP tactic: Putting two separate ideas into the same proposal, including one that's so popular — like supporting the military — that there's virtually no way to vote against it.
"Years later to pick out this vote focused on supporting the troops with a Republican barb and hook in there is unfair and misleading," Cleland said.
The Novick campaign defended the ad:
But Jake Weigler, Novick's campaign manager, said the ad reflects, "a basic disagreement about (Merkley's) record, which goes to the respective principles of the two candidates. Steve was asked on the first day of the campaign whether he would have voted (for the resolution) and he made it clear that he would not have done so."
A handful of House Democrats did vote against the resolution in 2003, though most joined Merkley in voting in favor.
The ad aired once, during KGW's morning news program Monday. Weigler said the spot ran before it was supposed to, due to a station error, but the campaign was "considering running this ad in the near future," more widely. KGW confirmed the ad ran by mistake.