ClackCoChair: Wooly Bully Ludlow marches on

Carla Axtman

I'm guessing that Clackamas County Chair candidate John Ludlow won't be playing Sam The Sham & The Pharaohs at his next campaign event, but the way this "John Ludlow is a bully" thing has taken hold, perhaps he should.

Hint: Having an op-ed published in The Oregonian telling people you're not a bully is probably not doing much except perpetuating the story that you're a bully. Especially when you spend the first half of it whining about your opponent.

But then sending out the minions to try and bully people--not so helpful either:

Yuxing Zheng, The Oregonian:

"I agree with my critics who say I am hard hitting on issues, but that hardly makes me a bully," One of Ludlow's supporters, Wilsonville resident Doris Wehler, also filed an Oct. 18 elections complaint with the Oregon Secretary of State's Office accusing Dave Adams, the Stafford resident behind the signs, of failing to register a political action committee.

The complaint was dismissed Oct. 23. Jennifer Hertel, a compliance specialist with the Secretary of State's Office, noted that Adams had registered the "Dave Adams I Love Clackamas County" political action committee Oct. 19. The group also filed paperwork indicating it does not expect to receive or spend more than $3,000 in a calendar year, Hertel wrote. The committee has yet to report any donations or expenditures.

Yeah, move along. No bullying to see here.

Update: 11:00am:

To help continue to convince you that John Ludlow is a warm, fuzzy guy, the campaign has taken out this lovely non-threatening pink ad:


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    Yeah. Dick Nixon wasn't a crook, either.

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    Watch very carefully, children of all ages. You know that old maxim, 'Label yourself before others do?'. This is a textbook case of what happens when you let someone else label you and you don't know jack about how to handle it. Seriously, this should be written up and put in textbooks for whatever school trains political consultants. And here I didn't pop up NO popcorn.

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    Back where I come from, there are men who do nothing all day but good deeds. They are called phila-, er, er, philanth-er, good-deed doers! And their hearts are no bigger than yours. But! - They have one thing you haven't got. A testimonial! Therefore, in consideration of your kindness, I take pleasure at this time in presenting you with a small token of our esteem and affection.

    The Wizard of Oz

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    Check out the photo in Ludlow's mailer. Is his print consultant sabotaging him? I would not let a 70 year old female candidate use an image that reads lke that.

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