For Gordon Smith, it's a first. His new ad - attacking Jeff Merkley on taxes - comes pre-debunked!
The new ad hit the airwaves today, but the O's Jeff Mapes already had Smith's number on Sunday:
As Sen. Gordon Smith, R-Ore., travels the state, he accuses Democratic rival Jeff Merkley of supporting more than $2 billion in tax increases as a legislator. When I asked Smith's campaign for documentation, they sent me a list that looked particularly designed to get a large figure.
For example, most of the money came from two income-tax measures referred to the ballot in 2002 and 2003 when a recession had taken a huge whack out of state revenues. Voters defeated both of them, but the fact is that the Legislature would not have referred the second measure to the ballot if the first had passed.
Here's the ad.
Now, watch it again. And this time, watch the footnotes.
See the part about how Jeff Merkley "voted four times for higher gas taxes"? Yeah. He voted four times ON THE SAME BILL. Being a legislator, I know Smith knows how a bill becomes a law. First, it goes to committee. Then, it goes to the House floor. Then, the Senate votes for some amendments. Then, it goes back to the House for another vote. Then the Governor signs it.
I don't know about you, but in my book, that's one gas tax - not four.
And you know what else? That was in 1999. Back when the Republicans ran the House.
Gordon Smith is just getting more and more desperate. He's throwing everything - including the kitchen sink - at Jeff Merkley. Can there be any doubt that Smith knows he's losing right now?
Full disclosure: My firm built Jeff Merkley's website, but I speak only for myself.