With just over a week ago, there's a flurry of new ads up. Eileen Brady and Jefferson Smith are keeping it positive, while Amanda Fritz and Mary Nolan have the knives out for each other.
In her latest ad, Eileen Brady makes it clear to Portland voters what her values are. She's a progressive, and will work to fund schools, protect the environment, and stand up for women's rights and marriage equality.
With his third ad, Jefferson Smith offers a 30-second cut of his announcement speech in which he says "Portland can be a city that works for everyone" and "be an example for the world". The cheering crowd is probably a helpful contrast with his earlier two ads.
If Charlie Hales has a new ad up, it's not on YouTube. Having had to pull two ads that falsely claimed credit for school funding work in 2003 that was actually done by Randy Leonard, Hales appears to be relying on his pothole ad from a month ago.
Meanwhile, over in the City Council race, Mary Nolan takes Amanda Fritz to task - and uses the PolitiFact "false" icon to do it - before pivoting to an endorsement message:
Amanda Fritz doesn't name her opponent, but takes aim at campaign fundraising. Strangely, her ad wonders aloud "what else could you do with all that money?" Which is, of course, exactly wrong. Campaign donations are private funds - not taxpayer dollars. And it seems counter to Fritz's support of clean-money campaign financing, since it's that now-defunct program that would divert funds from city services to funding campaigns. (Something I support, by the way.) The ad just doesn't make any logical sense.