Writings and observations

In Oregon and Idaho we’re approaching the mark of one month before the May primary election, so time has arrived for heavy-duty video cycles.

Herewith, a few quick thoughts on some of the ads emerging. Overall impression: You might have expected more overt negativity in this season, but these are basically run-positive ads. Of course, that may be in part because they’re introductory.

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First, a couple from Oregon Republican gubernatorial candidate Allen Alley. (h/t to Blue Oregon)

They are aimed at doing basically the same thing, emphasizing Alley’s business background. Both hammer it in well enough, but we’d suggest the first is much the stronger of the two, combining an Alley personal appearance with a batch of enthusiastic testimonials. Basic and almost a little rough-edged, but it should catch some eyes and ears.

Better than the new ad by his prime opponent, Chris Dudley.

It’s so soft and friendly it almost slips out of your attention; Dudley shows up and seems friendly enough, but mouths nothing but platitudes. The ad mentions his “outsider” status but doesn’t play it up, or offer any attitude to go with it. (This nice guy is going to lead the revolution?)

On in Idaho, Republican U.S. House candidate Vaughn Ward has his first ad (“Truck”) up.

The rural truck imagery and hits on national Democrats fit enough; generally, this was an easy-going introductory ad. Notable the bit at the end, when Ward describes himself as “I’m a pro-life Republican” – nothing unusual in the self-description, but the fact that he tossed it in there was a little attention-getting.

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Just this from a lead paragraph on an Astorian story, datelined Long Beach, but quite a breath-taker:

“A Peninsula hotel manager offered Pacific County an ultimatum Tuesday night: If he didn’t get his way on preventing pesticide spraying at his property he would sell it to the Aryan Nations for a new Northwest headquarters.”

UPDATE More on this from the Longview Daily News. The dispute actually has to do with, oddly enough, herbicide spraying on oyster beds.

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