The companion article to the Washington Times (a steadfastly conservative newspaper which–full disclosure–I have written for) piece Erick posted yesterday looks at Cagle’s campaign strategy, and calls his TV ad tying Reed to the Jack Abramoff scandal “a potential “hydrogen bomb.”
However, the article, which cites the Insider Advantage poll (which shows Reed up 32-27 with 41% undecided) quotes “some Republicans” (which appears to mean “Matt Towery”) as saying that this “Cagle counterattack is too little, too late.”
Matt Towery says that it was “a mistake for the Cagle campaign to wait so long to call attention to Mr. Reed’s connection to Abramoff.”
Cagle’s first round of TV ads — focusing on the candidate’s 12 years of experience as a conservative leader in the state Senate — were “a waste of money … that did not penetrate,” said Towery. “If [Cagle] had attacked, he would have gotten massive media coverage.”
“Hard-core Republicans, the only thing that will turn them around is if they think [Reed’s Abramoff ties are] a threat to the Republican ticket,” Towery said.
The article says that “Reed began the TV “air war” with ads accusing Mr. Cagle of opposing property rights,” and quotes Cagle as telling supporters Sunday in Henry County, “I’m getting tired of him telling lies…But that’s all he’s got left.”
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Reed (net worth $4.5 million) is nearly three times richer than Cagle (net worth $1.7 million), yet Reed accuses Cagle of getting rich via shady dealings. As opposed to say, collecting $5 million from an imprisoned casino lobbyist.
Reed’s internal polling must have shown something similar [to Cagle’s 9-point-lead internals]. If Reed felt confident he was romping to an easy victory, he never would have launched such a relentlessly negative campaign in a GOP primary, especially because Cagle is supported by three-quarters of the Republican senators — whom Reed would have to work with if he wins the lieutenant-governor’s job.
As always when this topic is breached…let the bomb-throwing begin. But please remember: civility is a virtue.