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Friday, April 21, 2006

More class from Saxton

I wandered over to Ron Saxton's website today and looked at the bottom under the "Latest News." This is where the candidate highlights newspaper stories about his run for governor. What did I find there?
  • A column by the Oregonian's Dave Reinhard critical of Kevin Mannix's relationship with Loren Parks.
  • A story from the Corvallis Gazette-Times that talks about Saxton's history and a little about this campaign.
  • An editorial from the Oregonian that is critical of Kevin Mannix.
  • A story from the Oregonian that talks about Kevin Mannix's relationship with Loren Parks.
So we have three stories with negative tones on a Saxton opponent, and only one about Saxton himself; five of the first 12 stories on the Saxton website's News page are negative stories about Mannix. By contrast, Jason Atkinson has three stories on his home page and 19 on the News page, all about Jason Atkinson.

Let's play pretend for a moment: let's assume that after the November elections, the state legislature maintains its current balance -- Democrats in power in the Senate, Republicans in the House. That means the governor will have to work with the opposition party in the Senate to accomplish anything.

Do you want it to be Ron Saxton, who has made it clear that he's willing to sling someone else's mud for his own gain? Or do you want it to be Jason Atkinson, who sticks to the issues and highlights the stories that talk about his campaign?

There's no doubt in my mind. I hope you'll consider which candidate would best lead Oregon into a positive future, and vote for Jason Atkinson.


  • At 4/21/2006 9:10 PM, Anonymous Capt. Bruce Andrews said…

    For heaven's sake, the campaign just linked to the stories, they didn't write them!

    You sound like a whiney Democrat.

  • At 4/21/2006 9:48 PM, Blogger Ken said…

    Um, no one said anyone in the campaign wrote the stories, Bruce. That's a nice distraction from my point, which I'll restate:

    The campaign made a conscious decision to highlight stories that cast a negative light on an opponent, instead of talking about their own accomplishments and goals. It's not like it's an automatic aggregator of stories on the governor's race -- someone in Saxton's office had to say, "Hey, that will help our candidate. Let's put it on the website."

    Saxton's campaign -- and the buck stops with the candidate -- could have made the decision to link only to stories that told their story. But they didn't. They promoted stories that speak of the flaws in another candidate. And that tells me something about the character of the campaign and the man.


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