Gordon Smith has a new ad out - this time featuring an on-camera endorsement from former Congresswoman Elizabeth Furse and outgoing State Senator Avel Gordly. Smith touts their endorsement to suggest that he's got bipartisan cred. Apparently, the Republican brand is so bad that he's going to try and steal ours. (A tall order for the Oregon chairman of the McCain for President campaign...)
Some context: These two have blue-washing Republicans for years. In 1990, Furse led Democrats for Mark Hatfield - and in 2002, she was also a Democrat for Gordon Smith. In 1998, Avel Gordly endorsed John Lim over Senator Ron Wyden - and endorsed Gordon Smith in 2002. Of course, while Gordly just became a Democrat again (to vote for Barack Obama), she renounced the Democratic Party a long time ago.
This is nothing new and just as inexplicable as ever. (I'm still waiting for a reporter to probe the financial relationship between Furse and Smith. I won't hold my breath.)
Meanwhile, an independent group called Majority Action has started running two ads taking Gordon Smith to task for his support from the oil industry - and his inaction on energy independence.
As this campaign gets hotter (and the Washington Post's Chris Cilizza just moved Jeff Merkley up his chart), we're going to see more and more of this over the summer.